6/12/17 EDITOR'S NOTE
: this page has been updated from a PREVIEW, originally written by Michael S. Palmer, to a FULL REVIEW, written by Josh Fate
The Canon EOS system is turning thirty. To celebrate, Canon announced a new EOS Rebel DSLR for entry-level photographers along with a new 20%-more compact 18-55mm kit lens.
Replacing the T6i
in Canon's Rebel lineup, the new Canon EOS Rebel T7i
outside North America) helps raise the standards of the entry-level DSLR market. The Rebel line has led the way for entry-level cameras, providing outstanding performance and image quality in an affordable and easy-to-use package. It comes as part of two kit setups; with an 18-55mm lens or an 18-135mm lens, as well as the body alone, so there is an affordable option for starting new or just upgrading from a previous model. As with all Canon EF-mount cameras, it supports one of the greatest collections of lenses available, all of which will work with the T7i.
PROS & CONS
- Compact & Lightweight
- Fast and Accurate Dual Pixel AF system
- Powerful DIGIC 7 processor provides up to 6fps
- New Feature Assist menu is very helpful to beginning photographers
- EF-mount uses Canon's awesome collection of lenses
- Vari-Angle Touch LCD is easy to use and helpful in awkward shooting situations
- Simple layout is far less intimidating than higher level DSLRs
- Wireless connectivity with WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth
- Easy to access, yet well-covered input/output ports
- Great battery life with LCD screen off
- Camera must be in Video mode to capture video
- Lack of 4K video capabilities
- LCD screen uses battery very quickly
- New Feature Assistant menu is a large drain on the battery when used
- 24.2-Megapixel APS-C CMOS Imaging sensor
- DIGIC 7 Image Processor
- Dual Pixel AF with Phase Detection
- 45-point all cross-type autofocus system
- Feature Assistant Menu
- 3.0-inch, 1.04-Million Dot Vari-Angle Touch LCD Screen
- 6fps Continuous shooting
- Creative Filters
- Pop-up Flash
- Full 1080p HD video capture
- Microphone Input
- HDMI Output
- Built-in WiFi with NFC
- Bluetooth connectivity
IN THE BOX
- EOS Rebel T7i
- EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- Battery Pack LP-E17
- Battery Charger LC-E17
- Neck Strap EW-400D
- Eyecup Ef (not shown)
BUILD QUALITY & DESIGN
Keeping the classic shape of the Canon DSLR lineup, and specifically the more compact Rebel series, the T7i is very similar to its predecessors, featuring the dual-texture black finish that we see on all Canon models. Most of the camera's improvements and updates have come inside the camera.
Made of plastic with rubber grips, the T7i is light-weight and easy to carry. It gives you a solid, comfortable feel; yet it still seems a bit fragile. The thought that one good shot could do some good damage will keep you cautious. For most people, this is nothing to worry about, but someone shooting every day may want to look to a higher level Canon camera with a sturdier build. As with all of the EF-mount cameras, the T7i's mount is very sturdy and all of the lenses that we mounted to the camera fit firmly and securely.
Compact and comfortable, the T7i has been built for anyone to feel comfortable wielding and shooting with it. A large hand grip and well-placed rubber patches provide a solid, slip resistant handle on the camera that is comfortable and reassuring. It allows for easy one-handed shooting, if using a small AF lens. While holding the camera, the index finger and thumb lay in the perfect position for shooting and making quick changes, just as Canon designed it.
The on-body controls, both on the back and on top, are well placed and easily recognizable, much like you will find on most Canon point-n-shoot cameras. This lets you find and make your changes quickly while shooting. The back of the camera features the menu system controls, as well as a few shooting controls, but without the intimidating layout of more advanced DSLR controls. Next to the OVF is the Live View button, allowing you to shoot with the LCD screen, taking advantage of the Dual Pixel Technology.
On top of the camera you will find the mode dial and couple other shooting setting buttons the shutter release, but nothing on the other side. AF Point Selection, ISO and DISP buttons sit in a row like most other EOS models. It does lack the settings panel, but the LCD and Q (quick) button more than make up for it. Attached to the mode dial is the power switch, which also includes the still image/video switch as well. To the far right is the hot shoe that sits just about the built-in flash. It allows you to attach a Speedlite Flash unit, External Microphone or any of Canon's other external accessories that may need a little power from the camera.
Worth noting here is that, unlike the 77D, the T7i's mode dial can't be locked into place, which makes it far too easy to bump and swap shooting modes while reaching for various buttons and switches.
The sides of the camera feature the SD card slot on the right and its Input/Output ports on the left. All of the ports are hidden behind rubber flaps, which keep them dry and dust-free in touch situations. On the right, a door securely hides the SD card, making sure that nothing happens to it, but keeping it in a place that is quick and easy to change when needed.
MENUS & DISPLAYS
For the T7i, Canon has given the menu system a whole new look with the guided menu option. Each menu starts with a new introductory screen, that gives a description of what you will find inside. The menu system is then the same once inside, but again with a new look. This system also gives you a brief description of each setting, so you will know exactly what it does. A guided shooting menu is also available. It will walk you through common shooting scenarios that produce popular effects or how to shoot in difficult settings. This guided menu may be turned off, taking you back to the standard looking menu system.
Displaying the menu system is a 3.0-inch, 1.04-Million dot Vari-Angle touch LCD screen. This screen is bright and sharp, making it a pleasure to shoot with in all lighting conditions. The touch screen offers menu options and Touch-to-Focus options for more usability. Anything that keeps you from entering the menu system is a great thing while you are shooting. Touching the screen to choose the focus point is also much easier and faster than changing your AF point settings.
The new Guided Assist feature is a great learning tool, which adds a new level to shooting with an entry level camera. It is easy to follow and, if you are interested, makes it easy to remember and apply to situations in the future. This feature also brings up a huge drawback, especially on the T7i. When the Guided Assist is active, the LCD has to be on for you to view the guide, which really drains the battery. The screen can be turned off, via the DISP button on top of the camera (normally the INFO button). This takes away the biggest advantage of a DSLR over a mirrorless ILC, its outstanding battery life. The EOS 77D is a very similar camera from Canon that adds these features and just a couple more.
Now that you know all about the T7i's features and specifications, it's time to check out its performance characteristics and see SAMPLE IMAGES. Please click over to the