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CANON EOS 700D Review: Should You Buy this Camera?

 

 Canon 700D Review

 

Key Features

  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch vari-angle clear view LCD display with 1.04-megapixel resolution
  • 9 AF points, all cross-type at f/5.6 Center point is high precision, double cross-type at f/2.8 or faster
  • DIGIC 5 image processor with 14-bit processing
  • 95% viewfinder frame coverage with a magnification of 0.85x
  • ISO sensitivity 100-12800, expandable up to ISO25600
  • 1080p full HD video recording at 30fps, 25p with drop frame timing
  • 720p HD video recording at 60p and 50p
  • 480p ED video recording at 30p and 25p
  • Continuous shooting at 5fps
  • 5mm microphone jack

Introduction

Canon EOS 700D was first launched in March 2013 and since then it has been one of our favorite cameras for its great ergonomics and features. The basic upgrade from its predecessor EOS 650D includes newly matte textured body, real-time preview of creative filters in Live view mode,  and redesigned mode dial that rotates 360 degrees.
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Design, Build, and Handling

 Canon 700D Design

 

The design of Canon EOS 700D is quite identical to that of EOS650D with some slight changes. The body is entirely made of plastic but at the same time feels pretty sturdy. The grip is slightly enlarged as compared to its predecessors. But some users might miss the polished shinier finish of the EOS 650 D.

 

Canon 700D Controls

 

The main controls are placed on the top of the camera. The messy-looking mode dial is surrounded by the power switch that also has an additional mode for movie recording. This lets the user quickly switch to video mode from any exposure mode. Additionally, the mode dial has a particular position called ‘SCN’ where the modes like Night Portrait, Backlit HDR, and Hand Held Night Scene are grouped together. And one more thing which is worth our mention is the mode dial that rotates continuously (unlike 650D).

Both the ISO button and the control dial are placed behind the shutter release i.e you can easily access both the buttons using your index finger. Below the hotshoe, there is a little black rectangular area which is the proximity sensor that automatically switches off the LCD when the viewfinder is in use. The Infrared remote control receiver on the handgrip is compatible with Canon’s RC-6 unit.

 

Canon 700D Specs

 

The self-timer lamp is placed between the handgrip and the lens throat. This lets you reduce the red-eye effect in flash shots. The pop-up flash is same as previous models. The flash is also capable of wirelessly controlling Speedlites off-camera. The hotshoe, as usual, sits on the top that is compatible with Canon’s EX series flash units.

Canon 700D Display

The 3-inch side-hinged articulated LCD screen offers a wide range of movements. It can be folded outward for live view and video mode, can be rotated upwards for waist-level shots, the downside for overhead shooting, or forwards for shooting self-portraits. You can also point the screen inwards by folding it flat against the back of the camera when it is not in use. The large touch sensitive screen offers some well-placed icons that let you navigate the entire menu, adjust various shooting parameters, zoom, and swipe through image playback, acquire focus while in live view and release the shutter (optional). It offers a seamless combination of the touchscreen interface and the dials and buttons of the camera. Though the touchscreen is enabled by default you also get an option to turn it off in the menus.

Canon 700D Features

On the grip side of the camera rests the memory card slot that takes SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. There are two side-by-side doors that house all the connecting ports. You get the sockets for RS-60E3 wired remote control and stereo microphone towards the front. You also get a full range of connectors that are hidden under another flap. These connectors include HDMI and USB ports, sockets for a cable release, a receiver for an infrared remote control and an external microphone. The socket for the tripod is placed in-line with the lens axis.

The stereo microphone is concealed by two small grills which are placed in the front of the hotshoe. Canon 700D ships with rechargeable LP-E8 Lithium-ion battery that is capable of capturing 400-440 shots, and about 150-180 shots with Live view mode or about an hour and half of video recording.

Performance and Image Quality

The 9 point cross-type AF has an increased sensitivity and is quick in responding. But we would prefer more, especially in this category. No doubt the camera’s fast phase-detection autofocus in viewfinder shooting is commendable. However, it struggles in capturing low contrast subjects and also when focussing on a particular small area such as the eye of a subject. We would deduct some points as the camera lacks an AF illuminator (something that the counterparts like Nikon D3200 has) that it desperately needs while shooting in a dim light setting. In such cases, you must use the camera’s flash to acquire focus.

Burst shooting at 5fps works pretty well when saving JPEGs to a fast card. However, when we enabled the option for chromatic aberration correction, the performance slowed down to 2.1fps after just 3 frames. Moreover, you cannot automatically disable this correction when the continuous mode is selected.

The new lens transformed the video mode as the camera can be used as a point-and-shoot video camera. There are so many lenses to choose from and additionally, you also have manual exposure and focus. The inbuilt internal microphones of the camera provide some good stereo audio. Moreover, Canon’s Video-X Picture Style profile gives you more scope for post-production. These features will definitely please some serious videographers out there.

Coming to the image quality, the 18 MP image sensor captures some excellent images with ample sharpness and fine detail. The resolution is great and for better results, you will want to shoot Raw. Consider buying different lenses as that will bring the best out of the camera. The color rendition, saturation, and the auto white balance yields pleasing results. However, the camera performs average when it comes to the accuracy level of colors in a wide range of lighting environments.

Canon EOS 700D provides two different settings for JPEG file quality that includes Fine (higher quality option) and Normal. The maximum shutter speed of the camera is 30 seconds. There is a mode called Bulb mode that can be used for even longer exposures. It means this mode is definitely going to add a bit more spark to your night photography.

Canon 700D Kit

The camera provides different preset Picture Controls which are a set of combinations of contrast, sharpness, saturation and color tone settings. It also offers a version of some nice Picture Styles. The Creative Auto includes nine options including standard, intense, warm, cool, monochrome etc. The option Auto Lighting Optimizer has four different settings—off, low, standard and strong. When you select one of these settings the camera processes the image to correct the brightness and even out the contrast.

A custom function called Highlight Tone Priority improves the highlight detail of the image by expanding the dynamic range in the highlights. Another control HDR Backlight captures three different exposures and combines all of them into one that leads to an image with more shadow and highlight detail. The camera can capture subtle details at ISO2000.  The noise started creeping when we moved to ISO3200 which got more prominent with IS012800.

Should You Buy the Canon EOS 700D?

Canon EOS 700D is priced at $389.95 (body only), $489.95 (with Kit EF S18-55 IS STM), $549.95 (with Double Zoom EF S18-55 IS II + S55-250 IS II) and $669 (with Kit II EF S18-135 IS STM).

Nowadays you will get more sophisticated autofocus point system, larger viewfinders, and better video modes. But we recommend this camera for its improved image quality, superior metering system among other things.

Pros

  • Excellent image quality with good colors and accuracy
  • Bright LCD that is resistant to fingerprint
  • Improved kit lens
  • 9 cross-type AF points
  • Multi-shot modes work pretty well
  • Built-in touchscreen
  • Decent burst speeds (4.8fps)
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Slow live view and video autofocus
  • No Autoflash illuminator
  • Shallow buffers with Raw files
  • Struggles at high ISO
  • Average dynamic range and battery life

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