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 go 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 Canon T7i or the 800d as its known in some parts of the world. This was released in 2017 and should have a lifespan of around 2 years 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 55 mm lenses. I’ll leave my affiliate links above, 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.
Before getting started, all of my reviews 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.
The Canon T7i is super lightweight, 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 up top, you have your typical buttons laid out in the picture below. To turn on and off the camera or to go into video recording, it’s toggled by the switch here on the right of the wheel. At the very top, you have a hot shoe to mount your microphones or lights, and moving to the left side are your inputs. There are no cables provided in the box, so make sure you buy a USB cord yourself or have an 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 earphone 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 of that is the battery cover flap.
Looking at the rear, it’s very much straightforward. 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 up to 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 3 inches in size with the ability to swivel out, flip to 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 or flex during my presses. It’s solid and responsive.
Looking into some of its menus and the interface, it’s quite simple. It can be overwhelming for some jumping from their smartphone and purchasing any DSLR camera for the first time, but with the Canon T7i, it includes little on-screen pop-ups that give 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 menus flow smoothly.
PICTURE QUALITY & PERFORMANCE
In regards to camera performance, the T7i makes some decent improvements across the board.
Most noticeable, there are 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 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 give 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 T7i 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 keep it locked on, while slightly more aggressive moves do cause the T7i to lose its anchor point.
Other quick improvements worth mentioning before I show you some samples, the Canon t7i gets up to 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 up to 30 frames at the 1080 resolution.
So, getting into the photo samples. Keep in mind, all photos were taken in Auto Mode, as this review is catered to the average consumer.
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 55 mm lens, the wideness in this shot looks phenomenal. 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.
Here’s another photo with a gorgeous background, sun’s coming down and the Canon 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. 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. One thing I did notice, there are times when photos taken in Auto-mode slightly blow out the image.
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. Let me switch to a better example. Here’s a photo In Auto-mode, and this is what it looks like in manual mode. Auto mode once again, and switching over to manual mode to properly compensate, this is what it looks like properly done. One more shot just in case, as you can see, slightly blown out, and 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.
Here’s a night time shot. With Auto-mode, 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. Once in awhile in Auto-mode, you get this blow out in the image. However, once properly set-up in manual mode, you get much more reasonable shots.
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 one light in the ceiling to the next, it took awhile for the Canon 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 onboard microphone, which I never recommend anyone to use, surprisingly sounded good for a built-in microphone.
So that’s it for this review, I do hope it helped you in some way. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 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.