Canon EOS 700D full review

Canon EOS 700D full review

in comparison with our benchmark Canon 70D

1. fast specifications, prices, options

Canon 700D comes with a CMOS sensor, 18 MP . just like the little brother Canon 100D. That means a crop sensor 1.6 crop ratio. It can shoot 5 frames per second, improved from 4 and starting to get closer to the bigger brother Canon 70D. It comes with Built in flash, Shutter speed between 30 seconds and 1/4000,    ISO between 100 and 12,800, 9 autofocus points, which is exactly like the Canon 1200 and 100D, but not as good as the impressive focusing systems of Canon 70D. It can come with a kit lens and it costs somewhere between $600 or $700. It can shoot full HD video 1080p at 25 fps and 720p it can do 50 fps.

2. physical features, dials, back screen

This is a step up in size and weight from the 100D and 1200D but lighter than the 70D. It weighs half a kilo with no lens, more exact 525 grams. Top dial to select the shooting mode is on the right hand side, like the 100D and it comes with all options like the smaller brothers. In addition with the Automatic, time priority, aperture priority, manual and build, it offers to beginners the sports mode, macro, landscape, portrait and creative mode, useless for the advanced, and a little helpful for beginners. On off and video button, on top, typical canon main dial to go through settings, Shutter button in the same position like all canon cameras above the grip. We have back buttons slightly different, AV button combined with exposure compensation with multiple functions, quick select button, directional menu buttons with White balance, Auto Focus, shooting mode and picture style. Also MENU button and INFO on top. The good news which made me excited is this is coming a a flip out screen just like the canon 70D which is extremely useful in my opinion, for shooting photos and video in difficult positions. Also note this is a Touch screen which is a very nice feature and it can come with very handy features, including touch screen shutter trigger for situations where you do not want to press the shutter button to avoid camera shake.

The lens release, and pop up flash are the same with the other cameras and to note that mini microphone and speaker are on top of the flash.

3. menu and settings

The menus and settings are typical for the canon users. vertical tabs from left to right, and as expected more features than the lower value cameras and less features than the canon 70 D.

3 tabs with a multitude of settings for exposure settings, 1 tab dedicated to shooting settings, 2 tabs for the image organisation, 3 tabs for the camera settings that have nothing to do with the exposure, and a custom tab for you to customise your own settings.

Quickly tab one, we have image quality, beep function for the menu, release shutter button, image review, lens aberration correction that should be on all the time, red eye reduction, again to be on all the time, and flash control which will control all setting of the built in flash or external flash, which is compatible you can control wireless. A very nice feature for a bit more advanced people.

tab no 2, comes with exposure compensation, light optimiser, custom white balance, White balance bracketing, color space, picture style and metering mode.

tab no 3 , we have dust delete data which is for the situations when you have stubborn dust on your sensor, ISO settings, Long exposure reduction and high ISO speed noise reduction

tab 4 comes with live view shoot mode, autofocus method, continuous autofocus settings, touch shutter which can be very useful. grid display, aspect ratios and metering timer.

Tabs 5 and 6 are for reviewing and organising images already taken, tab 7 is for files and folders organisation in camera memory, tab 8 is for LCD settings, date and time, language, tab 9 is for LCD features, and tab 10 is for general stuff. Here we can mention that custom functions CFN are part of this tab, and in bigger brothers this comes with its own dedicated tab. Last tab is for you to make up your own menu.

the general menu comes with more features than the 1200D and less than the 70 D as expected as this is what is the price difference justification, because  the final result are almost the same as I will demonstrate through the tests further in the video

One thing that annoys me again, is that I do not have the battery status anywhere, so I do not know if the battery is 50% or 20%.

4. video settings

In regards to video we have few good options, 1920×1080 at 25 fps or 24 fps, 1280×720 at 50 fps, but check this out, I cannot shoot 1280×720 at 24 fps. Also the last option is 640×480 at 24 fps and that is about it. very disappointing from someone coming from the 70D video shooting to see the limited options here. But  if you are not very fuss about it, this should be more than enough in a normal condition, for someone who is not a professional.

5. photo test

our standard test with all the camera will be the dummy head with the flash, in manual mode, remotely triggered. We are going to use one lens 24-70 L series, so we can have a benchmark of sharpness and compare apples with apples. We will be testing canon 700D, Canon 70D and Canon 5D Mark 2 as a full frame sensor just to see the sharpness performance.

6. video test

 

7. pros

– the best feature i love is high quality flip out touch screen. this will allow you to shoot photos and videos in difficult positions

– 5 frames per second is starting to be decent and that is already competing with full frame DSLR’s

– image and video quality are outstanding as you probably can expect from all Canon products

– low price for people who can afford few hundred dollars

– auto tracking focus in video mode. this is in fact a big reason for me loving this camera. you can shoot video and camera will follow the subject.

 

8. cons

– no battery display, but this is me, and this is not really a deal breaker

– not many video setting options and no sound display for shooting video. this can allow you to shoot a video and not be aware that you are not recording sound. it happened to me and you can loose time believing you are ok when in fact you are not.

– less options than a Canon 70D, but still OK

– slow focus and slow tracking, but this is just in the context compared with the bigger brother, again this in fact a plus. If you shoot fact moving action, this will not help much.

9. where to buy Canon EOS 700D

I am going to leave few links below where you can purchase this camera, but feel free to do your own research on the matter to suit your location and budget

10. conclusion

this is a great camera to have, not only for beginners but for people who are a little more than that. it comes with features that rival the big boys, still bit sloppy, but nevertheless a serious competitor with more serious shooters out there.

This is the first step towards high enthusiasts and remember, the results will be the same if you know how to use it properly.

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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography