The camera manufacturing giants from Japan has updated its list of entry level DSLRs with the new ‘Canon EOS 700D’ or the Rebel T5i, but with very few refinements. They are hoping to replace its predecessor 650D that came about almost an year ago. With their greatest competitor Nikon also having to be in the race to present the best entry-level cameras, I guess Canon did not have any time for major improvements in their latest establishment. The only real changes are that the 700D offers real-time preview of Creative Filters in Live View mode, includes a redesigned new mode dial that turns 360 degrees, and has a new and better Ergonomic body. Yeah, that is not too many changes to bring forth to the market. a new dslr model. The Rebel series(as called in the American continent) of digital SLRs from Canon always promised something better from its predecessor. Lets take an in-depth review of this Canon product.
In The Box
- Canon EOS 700D body ( yeah thats the main part. I sure don't wanna miss that).
- LP-E8 rechargeable battery (meh. nothing new).
- AC adapter kit ACK-E8.
- Manual (read it , its really useful, though boring).
- Warranty card .
- USB cable .
- Hand strap.
- 512MB SD Card .
- Software CD.
- Canon EF 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 lenses.
Body And Ergonomics
Much like 600d or 650d, the 700D also comes out with a Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber giving it a safer touch. Unless you play soccer with it, this Canon DSLR won't give you headache about its body. But, you might have heard about the nice, grippy matte effort that feels far more premium than the shiny one found on the 650D. Yes the 700 D has a better ergonomic nature than the others in this serious. I always thought Nikon was better and safer in my hands, but, welcome to my list, Canon. The dimensions of the body are 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm and weighs about 580g, with the the battery and memory card. thats about 5g lighter than the 650D. Wait, does that count as a change or what? The kit lens might add and extra 200g to the weight, but is still a light weight DSLR.
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The button placements are similar to its predecessors. The memory card slot is at the side and not at the bottom. On the top side of the Canon EOS 700D, over the grip, you have the shutter button, the Aperture and Shutter control dial, ISO Button, a Mode Dial, and three-position toggle on-off switch, that switches off power, switches it on and moves to the video mode. Also on the top, next to the hot shoe are the built-in stereo microphones, and the pop-up flash.
The major reason that you might prefer 650D against 600D would be the touch screen control. Well that hasn't changed for 700D either. 700D features a capacitive touch-screen control for easier access to settings and other features. The capacitive touch-screen ensures that you don't have to prick your nails into the screen and rather touch it gently. Yeah its the smartphone among DSLRs. The nifty Vari-Angle screen is a real joy while shooting videos.
The Canon DSLR is powered by a DIGIC-5 processor, a better improved version that featured the Rebel series from 650D.The Camera can shoot JPEG and RAW Images, and also save both of them, though remember that if you choose to save images as RAW (or indeed both), you are advised to have a faster card, else you'll have a hard road ahead! The Canon EOS 700D performed well in most situations, indoors as well as outdoors, and the lens also kept up with it. A few shots in the gallery were taken with the prime lens, specifically for getting the lights to look like stars, but with the bundled 18-55 lens too I managed to get some interesting shots.
The 22.3x14.9 CMOS image sensor is a decent image sensor for the DSLR. The Effective pixels from the DSLR amounts to 18.0 MP. The camera features a built in low pass filter, and EOS integrated cleaning system, and an electronically controlled focal plane shutter that can open and close even at a speed 1/4000th of a second. It also features a BULB mode shutter speed that allows you to keep the shutter open for anytime you want just by pressing the shutter button for the amount of time u want the shutter to be open.
The sensor on the 700D has 9 cross-type AF points. The focus points are superimposed both on the LCD when using live view mode and on the viewfinder when shooting.The auto focus system isn't the best you’ll see in a DSLR. You can switch to manual focus by toggling the switch on the lens.
This Canon DSLR features 4 exposure metering modes namely, Evaluative metering, partial metering, Spot metering and Centre weighted average metering.It has an Exposure compensation of up to 5 EVs in both directions with ½ stop difference. This can be combined with AEB which can extend 3 EVs in both direction. ISO ranges from 100-12800 with one stop increments. It can also be expanded to a maximum value of 25600.
700D features decent auto white balance settings with the CMOS image sensor. Other white balance settings include daylight, shade, cloudy, fluorescent, tungsten, flash and custom.though only one custom white balance can be registered at a time, it is very useful when time needs it :)
The penta-mirror viewfinder did not produce any update since a long time. This has been one of the most irritating things i found from the so called update of Canon 650D. It also features a diopter correction for those using specs. The burst mode can capture up to 5 images in a second.
The EOS 700 D's top-mounted shooting mode dial has a multitude of letters and icons. The so-called Creative Zone features Programmed Auto (P), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), and Manual (M) modes - the unique DEP mode from the 600D has been dropped. The fully-automatic Scene Intelligent Auto mode analyses the scene in front of you and automatically picking the best settings, much like the systems used by lot of digital compacts. Also reflecting its more consumer-friendly nature, the 700D offers a number of creative filters, as previously seen on Canon's range of compact cameras, which you can preview in real-time before taking the picture. Soft Focus dramatizes an image and smooths over any shiny reflections, Grainy Black and White creates that timeless look, Toy Camera adds vignetting and color shift, and Miniature Effect makes a scene appear like a small-scale model,almost copying the look from a tilt-shift lens. All of these filters can be applied to both JPEG and RAW files either before or after taking the picture.
One of the other features that stood out was about the new kit lens that caught my eyes. It does not produce the irritating focusing sound from 600D while taking videos. When i was using the 600D it always took me to After Effects to cut the sound out . The videos are some of the best i’ve seen in awhile among upper low-end or lower mid-end DSLRs.
Pros and Cons
- Lighter than its previous DSLRs of the same series.. (and that counts only if u think 5 g is a lot of extra weight to carry around :D :D)
- A more ergonomic body.
- Better touch response.
- Good quality Video capture.
- Faster AutoFocus system.
- The kit lens with a much silent nature was something i looked forward to.
- Real Time preview of filters.
- Not much changes from 650D.
- Limited AF points .
- Feels a bit plasticky sometimes.
You might be thinking that the Canon DSLR is a good option for a beginner photographer just because there are more pros than cons . Well you are really wrong. I’d prefer 650D or 600D rather than the 700D, so that I can spend that extra money on good lenses. Well if you are really a deep fanatic of touch screen controls, you’d be fine with 650D. Well nothing much has changed in the transition from 600D to 700D. If you already have a 600D or 650D in your hands, it would be a bad idea to buy a 700D and discover that nothing much has changed.
The camera is really good but not what i expected from an upgrade of 650D. So my final rating would be 3 / 5 . Yeah i’d like to give it 3.5 but...meh… that ain't too much of an upgrade is it? You had my attention , but u lost it ;)
Some lenses that would go best with 700D
- Canon EF 70-300mm IS Lens.
- Canon EF 50mm F1.8 Lens.
- Canon EF-S 60mm F2.8 USM.
- Canon 18-135mm STM Lens.
Some Rivals for this Silent Beast
Canon EOS 600D,650D
Panasonic Lumix G6
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