Hey everyone, Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom.
The REBEL series has been one of the most popular DSLR’s for beginners and amateurs. Many of those just getting into photography, in film school and even starting out with Youtube goes towards this lineup because they’re easy to use, very much functional for the beginner’s needs, and it’s a great way to start getting into Canon lenses and bodies. Today, we’re looking at the brand new T7i or the 800d in other parts of the world. This was released in 2017 and should have a lifespan of around 2years before the T8i is released. This one is priced at $750 just for the body only on BHphoto.com, or $850 if you decide to buy the kit, which includes the 18 to 55mm lens. I’ll leave my affiliate links in the video description below. Click on those links and they’ll give you the most updated prices in real time. You never know when these things will go on sale.
So without further ado, my channel is here to help YOU make that purchase decision. Welcome everyone, to JimsReviewRoom.
Before getting started, all of my videos are for the average consumer. I’m taking a look at this camera as someone that’s new, getting into photography and/or using it for video, for youtube, etc, and seeing how it fairs.
So first up going over the physical features. The T7i is super light weight, it’s ergonomic, and seven generations in, everything is solid and built well. For a beginner’s camera, it’s going to feel like a beginner’s camera with the reinforced super smooth plastics that they used. It’s understandable for this price range, but one area I would critique is where my palm rests. When holding the T7i by my side, there were times when the camera feels ever so slightly slippery. Nothing detrimental and nothing to prevent you from buying, but something I wanted to point out. Additional textured grip on this area would help a lot.
Looking uptop, you have your typical buttons laid out on screen. Please feel free to pause the video if you need to. To turn on and off the camera or to go into video recording, it’s toggled by the switch here. (POST : Flick it up in video) At the very top, you have a hot shoe to mount your microphones or lights, and moving to the left side, here are your inputs. There’s no cables provided in the box, so make sure you buy a usb cord yourself or have a SD card reader on hand.
A Mini-USB and mini-HDMI are available to connect the camera to your PC or a TV monitor respectively. To the left under the smaller flap, there’s a port to connect a remote control, and last is an audio input for your microphone. There’s no headphone or earphones out port to monitor your audio. Very typical at this price range for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
While we’re still on the left side, there’s NFC pairing which I love on every camera. Perfect for those heavy into social media. Take a photo, tap your NFC enabled phone on the side of the T7i, and have the file transfer to your phone instantly. From there, edit and post. Getting back to the camera, rotating to the right side, there’s a cover for your SD card, and then on the bottom of the camera, it’s threaded so you can use a tripod, to the right, is the battery cover flap.
Looking at the rear, it’s very much straight forward. You’ll see all of these buttons on most cameras. The unique buttons would be the WIFI button, which when pressed allows you to send your image either to your phone, laptop, to your printer, even upto the web depending on your wireless setup. The other is the Q button for quick access to certain menus and features on the camera.
Looking at the touch screen display, it’s 3inches in size with the ability to swivel out, flip to a selfie or vlogging orientation, and can be converted flush against the back for viewing. The screen is bright and I’m impressed by how visible it is outdoors and in direct summer sunlight. My $2500+ Sony A7sii… That screen doesn’t even perform as well. The touch interface is sensitive enough and thankfully the screen doesn’t feel plasticky and flexes during my presses. It’s solid and responsive.
Looking into some of its menus and interface, it’s quite simple. It can be overwhelming for some jumping from their smartphone and purchasing any DSLR for the first time, but with the T7i, it includes these little pop-ups that gives a briefing of what each setting means and what it does. It’s not a full-explanation, but it’s something right then and there without the need to flip through the manual. Overall, very much intuitive, the menu’s flow smoothly.
In regards to camera performance, the T7i makes some decent improvements across the board.
Most noticeable, there’s 45 cross-type AF points versus 19 during my time testing the t6i from a year or two ago. Now with 45 points, the Auto-Focusing system covers more of the sensor, covers more of the image, so when you pointing and shooting, the camera locks very fast, and you have more precision on what you want the camera to focus on. For those getting into video, the t6i and 7i gives you smooth flowing auto-focus. It’s one of the reasons why I would get this over Nikon, and I’m a Nikon user myself. You also have the ability to simply tap on the screen and the canon locks onto the object or person you selected, and keeps it sharp while you move around. With my time testing, it does moderately well. Casual movements keeps it locked on, while slightly more aggressive moves does cause the T7i to lose it’s anchor point.
Other quick improvements worth mentioning before I show you some samples, the t7i gets upto 6 frames per second for photography, versus 5 from the t6i. There’s a new image processor, the Digic 7, and last regarding video, you get 1080 resolution with High Dynamic Range, but this time, you have 24, 30, and 60 frames per second of video recording. With the t6i and previous models, it was upto 30 frames at the 1080 resolution.
So, getting into the photo samples. Keep in mind, all photos were taken in Auto Mode, as this video is catered to the average consumer. If I did take any photos in manual mode, I surely have indicated them on the screen.
(IMG 0006) First up, attending the White Water Rafting Center and snapping some photos, the image looks great. The photos are rich in color, the high dynamic range keeps the clouds intact without blowing them out, and using the supplied 18 to 55mm lens, the wideness in this shot looks phenomenal I think. However, the stock lens might be the culprit in a consistent pattern I’ve noticed. Not a huge deal, but this area could have been better. I noticed the lack of sharpness on photos. Granted the t7i offers a 24 megapixel camera, which is very reasonable for the average consumer, I might suspect the lens is what’s limiting the image quality.
(IMG 0005) Here’s another photo with a gorgeous background, sun’s coming down and the T7i captures once again some gorgeous colors. If you look at the four lawn chairs in the middle of the image, the chairs look vibrant. (IMG 0052) Moving to some photos during lunch, with any DSLR, you get some nice focused photos in the forefront with that blurred image in the background. (IMG 0053) One thing I did notice, there are times when photos taken in Auto-mode slightly blows out the image. (IMG 0051) At first glance, these fries look fine, actually, they’re sweet potatoes, but carefully looking, you can see the image is a little too bright. (IMG 0064) Here, let me switch to a better example. Here’s a photo In Auto-mode, annndddd….. this is what it looks like in manual mode. (IMG 0076) Auto mode once again, and switching over to manual mode to properly compensate, (IMG 0078) this is what it looks like properly done. (IMG 0087) One more shot just in case, as you can see, slightly blown out, and (IG 0088) this is what it looks like properly exposed. Keep in mind, this didn’t happen every time, most of my time testing, the photos turned out great, but when it does happen, it’s noticeable.
(IMG 0028) Here’s some night time shots. With automode, you do get some noise in your images, but it does quite well. Obviously this wouldn’t be an image for a photoshoot or professional magazine, but for everyday average consumer use, this is impressive. (IMG 0030) I also wanted to throw this up there, colors are still done well, the sky looks great, and the staging area’s brightness is balanced with the rest of the image, at least for this shot. But going back to what I stated earlier, once in awhile in automode, you get this blow out, (IMG 0034) Once properly setup in manual mode, you get much more reasonable shots like this. (IMG 0037) (POST : Let music rise up and play for a few seconds, fade between these photos) (IMG 0048) (IMG 0074)
Last up, the video performance. The Auto-Focus worked very well from my test, whether focusing on me or focusing on an object. Also with the flip-out screen, this helped tremendously for self shoots. I did leave it on auto mode and colors were vibrant, but at times, a little too vibrant. I also noticed when walking under varying lights, such as in my office from under a light in the ceiling to another, it takes awhile for the T7i to adjust. If you do have the proper lighting and you do intend on keeping the camera stationary on a tripod, the video looks great in my opinion, but if you’re anticipating on using this for vlogging, the varying brightness alone might be a deal killer for some. Last, the on-board microphone, which I never recommend anyone to use, but surprisingly, it sounds good for built-in microphones, here’s a quick sample.
So thats it for this review. I do hope it helped you in some way. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, twitter or Instagram, and if you haven’t already, please give a Like and Subscribe to help support my work. I’m Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom and my reviews are here to help YOU, make that purchase decision. You guys take care, and I’ll see you, on the next one. Bye.