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Operation and controls

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The EOS 700D has much the same set of controls as the entry-level EOS 600D, with just a few small (but helpful) differences. Immediately behind the shutter button is the main control dial that's used directly to change the primary exposure setting (program shift, shutter speed, or aperture), or other settings in concert with the various buttons. Next there's the ISO button, which is extremely well-placed for operation with the camera to your eye; you simply press it then spin the dial to change the value, which is displayed in the optical viewfinder.

The main power switch surrounds the mode dial. Flicking it beyond the ON position to the movie camera icon puts the camera into movie mode. The mode dial rotates freely, without the hard stop usually found on Rebel-series models. The 700D's scene modes - including the multiple exposure-based Hand Held Night Scene and Backlit HDR options - are now grouped under a single 'SCN' option, making for a less cluttered mode dial that the one found on the EOS 650D.

Rear Controls

The back of the camera follows the familiar Canon layout, with most of the buttons clustered together for operation by your right hand. The two buttons on the shoulder of the camera are used for auto exposure lock and to reposition the active focus point. In playback mode these buttons zoom in and out of the image.

The button beside the viewfinder serves dual purposes. When shooting stills, pressing it switches the camera into Live View mode for composition using the rear screen. With the camera's power switch set to movie mode, however, this button initiates and ends the video recording process. On the other side of the finder we have the menu button and next to it the 'Info' button that's used to cycle between different screen information views.

Alongside the LCD we have the small triangular exposure compensation button and, below it, the 'Q' button which activates the Quick Control screen, which is now touch sensitive. In the image above you can see the touch buttons on display during live view. A 4-way controller offers direct access to drive mode, white balance, autofocus mode and Picture Style, with a button used for confirming settings in its center. Underneath are the playback and delete keys.

Front Controls

The front of the camera has just two controls, both on one side of the lens throat. The flash button is used to pop-up the built-in unit, and below it is the depth of field preview button that stops down the lens to show the effect of the aperture on the final image, a function that is particularly useful in live view, with its bright clear image.

As you'd expect in an entry-level SLR, there's precious little in the way of customization available - the buttons control the functions printed on them, and can't be manually reassigned to anything else. The exception to this is in live view, when the 4-way controller is re-dedicated to moving the autofocus point, and its usual functions moved to the Quick Control menu. This behavior isn't new and with previous Rebel models we've noted that for some new users, this inconsistency can be confusing. Yet with the camera's comprehensive touchscreen operation, users may be more apt to seek out these settings via the touchscreen in the first place.

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I am using Canon EOS 700D camera ... Great quality pictures ...

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

I'm using this one, when I take the picture, it is very nice, love it


I’m still using the Canon 50D. It seems the newer cameras are no longer using compact flash cards. Those cards seems a lot easier to use and seem more reliable.

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How is it that the 550D scores higher than this camera? Even in the compare to score section, raw scores higher on the 550D. I find it weird that a camera 3 generations newer scores worst.

My girlfriend sold her 550D and wants a new touchscreen Canon, but it feels like the quality has not moved ahead in years.


The score, as you can see by the review, takes into account not just the performance of the gear itself but also it's performance when compared to the others in the same range, below and above.

So, when 550D was launched for example, its features were, overall, considered better than average in a way that it scored a gold award of 77%.

This model however, has shown many good features too but a few (irrelevant for me) not so good features when compared to average.

Yet, 77% to a 76% in my opinion, in this case, is a absolutely irrelevant difference.

Its a good camera.

Kishore Pratap Sanghvi

I am graduating from a bridge camera to a DSLR. Have been a hobby photographer for many years primarily doing landscape photography but I do it only when on a vacation that would be twice a year. I was a little confused whether to buy a Canon 700D or a Nikon D5300. I have always used Canon cameras before and after going thru many reviews comparing the two cameras I am not wiser. I also understand that once one buys a DSLR one continues to buy cameras of that family so that it can save money on lenses. Assuming that the quality of photos is not much different in the two cameras is the touch screen in 700D so useful that I should buy a Canon or the WIFI-GPS so important in the Nikon. As there anything else that help me decide between the two. Your advice would be most helpful.Tx. You can reply directly on my mail -

ravi pratap

since u have been using canon , it is better to go for 700d as u r familiar with canon system and picture style and may have canon lenses with you. i find canon 700d is nice cam with cleaner sharper image with better color than nikon.

zdenek nostalgig

Nikon always have bean a crap for landscapes...I mean in case we talking about cheaper model DSLRs. Nikons green color is absolute joke and ISO stuck ....stay with canon...Nikon is great for moving objects r portraits...but as a landscape photographer I will never ever go for Nikon unless I can buy D4.


I would go for the Canon if you have prior experience with those cameras. Also, the Nikon lens screw on "backwards" - well, at least the one I used. Their customer support was abysmal in 2012 when I was working for a company that had a problem with one of their recent DSLRs. At the time I was trying to use the company camera (a Nikon) to take product shots but was having many issues so I brought my Canon 7D to work everyday and shot them with that.

ravi pratap

canon 600d or 700d ?
i have been carefully seeing 1000s of photos taken by 600d and 700d on flickr and other review sites including this top cam site, in review images 600d looks better on most parameters notably sharpness and color but on flickr photos 600d pix looks a bit less sharp to 700d pix which is more evident on night landscapes shots.
Especially a few shots on 700d plus canon 18-135 of hongkong night landscape is very sharp with great color...which none of nikon, sony or pantex match...i m in dilemma , can the 600d with 18-135 canon match 700d?
experts are requested to clear the doubt, thanks!


An outstanding review as usual. I just wish camera makers would let cameras be cameras and camcorders be camcorders. All I want is a camera. Take away the video mode gubbins and we would see a big drop in price. I can buy a pocket camcorder if I need urgent video. Why stick it in a camera at all? Better buffers could be included and also better features by knocking out the video stuff. Well, that's what I think anyway.

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blah blah blah ..cannon stays cannon ..all the new shiny freaks will rush on buying a camera that is basically the same as the one they had 3 years ago .
no true innovation from cannon for a long while now .

just for once i wish they would atleast try to innovate something new

Dave Smith Trelawnyd

A nice camera that replaced my 600D after it ingested yellow steam on a volcano!
The camera does everything I ask of it including astro photography, and the touch screen is used far more than I thought it would be, all in all an excellent camera.

Pepe Le Pew

The Rebel series are getting worse and worse every year


How so? This is an upgrade..

cor ela d obe x6Ps6

@pepe... then, what is the best DSLR?

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