Steve's Conclusion

| Manual | F8 | 1/400 | ISO 100 | 121mm |

Shooting with Autofocus on the T7i provides the fastest and incredibly accurate AF, whether you are shooting through the Optical Viewfinder or using the LCD screen. Through the viewfinder you will find a 45-point, all Cross-Type system that fills the image area. Live View shooting uses Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology with phase detection to achieve the fastest available AF for any APS-C sized interchangeable lens system. It also allows for incredibly accurate focus that follows moving subjects with ease.

Processing for the T7i is the powerful DIGIC 7 image processor. This processor takes on all of the automatic shooting functions; detecting scenes, settings exposures, controlling AF and metering as well processing the captured images from the 24.2-Megapixel imaging sensor. It helps to reduce noise within the images, both still and video, and even applies the creative shooting filters. Even after all this, amazingly this processor is enough to allow the camera to shoot at up to 6fps.

  • Power On to First Image : 0.9 Seconds
  • Shutter Lag when Pre-Focused: Less than 1/10 of a second
  • Shutter Lag with AF: 2/10 to 4/10 of a second
  • Shot-to-Shot Delay: 0.38 seconds
  • Shot-to-Shot Delay with Flash: 0.62 seconds
  • Continuous Shooting Single AF: 6fps
  • Continuous Shooting Continuous AF: 6fps (many blurry images as the camera did not keep up with the continuous AF)

| Manual | F5 | 1/125 | ISO 100 | 59mm |

The T7i uses a 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, which is broken up into 63 zones for maximum coverage. Four metering modes offer Evaluative, Partial (6% from center), Spot (3.5% from center) and Center-weighted with a range of EV 1-20 for complete control in any shooting situation. The camera provided accurate metering for each setting we used during our testing. Overall we have seen excellent exposures and very realistic colors.


| Av | F3.5 | 1/400 | ISO 100 | 200mm |

Our overall still image quality from the EOS T7i is outstanding for an entry-level DLSR. All of our sample images came out extremely sharp, very well exposed and produced very realistic colors. The assistance of Canon's new Feature Assistant adds a great new learning tool, guiding you through your shooting and helping you to achieve the results you are looking for. Check out our samples page to see many of the special shooting modes that the T7i has to offer.

For anyone looking to upgrade from a point-n-shoot and is not comfortable with using the EVF, the Touch-LCD and Live View shooting offer one of the fastest and most accurate options available. A very wide AF zone lets you focus almost anywhere on the screen, and the addition of Face Detection lets you shoot portraits with amazing accuracy.


| Av | f/4.0 | 1/4 | ISO 800 | 25mm |

Low-light and faster-moving subjects call for higher ISO speeds in order to shoot sharp or handheld images. As the ISO settings increase, so do the noise levels in the images. The T7i fairs very well in the low and mid-ISO ranges (100 - 3200), keeping the noise to a minimum, and in return producing sharper images with more detail.

| Av | f/4.0 | 1/130 | ISO 6400 | 25mm |

The two samples above show the same image shot at ISO 800, which is very smooth and sharp for an entry level DSLR. The second shows the image at ISO 6400, which is very noisy and unless you had no other choice, should be avoided.


The EOS T7i provides some basic video recording options, providing a sharp and vivid Full 1080p HD video. Since this is a DSLR, the camera features a dedicated video recording shooting mode, and cannot just start recording at any time like a mirrorless camera. This is the only drawback with the video performance, however. Once you are in the video recording mode, Canon's Dual Pixel Technology really starts to shine. The camera does an excellent job tracking subjects in the frame. This technology also allows the camera to perform a smooth AF change transition, just by touching a new section of the LCD screen. This can be seen in the video sample above. (Transition will be a little smoother when using a Canon STM video. Above was shot with the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2.)


| Program | F9.0 | 1/160 | ISO 100 | 14mm |

A newer option on Canon's DSLR cameras, WiFi and Bluetooth connections add a lot of versatility and portability to the camera. Canon has long offered an external device for WiFi connections and GPS, but it could be a bit of a hassle. The built-in WiFi with NFC as well as the Bluetooth are much more convenient. They also allow you to use your smartphone as a GPS device to wirelessly send the info to the camera for each image. Connecting your smartphone to the camera is fairly easy, taking just a couple of minutes. Once connected the smartphone can view and copy all of the images that are saved on the camera. It can also act as a wireless remote for shooting over a short distance. While shooting over WiFi, the video feed was pretty choppy, but everything seemed to work with ease.


| Manual | F10.0 | 1/200 | ISO 100 | 18m |

Another outstanding entry-level model from Canon, the EOS Rebel T7i (800D) offers a strong balance of image quality and performance for an affordable price. This camera is as easy to use as a point-n-shoot model while still offering full manual shooting with everything in between. The biggest new feature found on the camera, besides updated components, is the Feature Assist Menu/Guide, which helps you to learn and understand the workings of the camera while guiding you to the results that you are after.

You are looking at making the jump to your first DSLR or looking to upgrade your older entry-level Canon DLSR. This is also a great camera for anyone looking get started in photography and would like the help of the Feature Assist Menu.


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