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Using the Canon EOS 700D

The EOS 700D shares essentially the design and control layout of its predecessor, the EOS 600D. By far the biggest change is that movie mode has been moved off the mode dial and is now a third position on the power switch. The few remaining external changes are very minor. The 700D's ISO button has been shifted to the left, filling the absence of the DISP button of previous models, made unnecessary now that the 700D has an eye-sensor to automatically turn off the LCD when you look through the viewfinder. The textured channel on the rear of the camera where your thumb rests has been widened a bit which may be slightly for more comfortable for those with larger hands. And some button shapes have been redesigned as well.

The 700D does get an upgrade in its shorter-zoom kit option, with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens replacing the non-STM 18-55 zoom that was bundled with the EOS 650D. THis new lens offers a wider zoom ring and turning its focus ring doesn't extend the front of the lens. Crucially though, it autofocuses silently, as its optimized for video recording.

Overall handling

Given the evolutionary nature of the very mature and well established Rebel series, it is no surprise that the EOS 700D looks and feels much like its recent forbears. And we've generally been pleased with Canon's entry-level DSLRs from an ergonomic handling standpoint. A straightforward control layout places all but the Menu and Info buttons within easy reach of your thumb. The ISO button and main control dial can be quickly accessed with your hand in the shooting position.

Weighing in at a approximately 575g, the 700D is a lighter camera to carry around your neck all day than the higher-end EOS 60D, and boasts a much more solid and confidence-inspiring construction than the budget-level and very plasticky EOS 1100D. The 700D balances well in hand with a range of optics, even one as heavy as the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.

The back of the camera offers a sculpted 'channel' that provides positive grip for your thumb. All of the shooting parameter controls sit along the right side of the camera, within easy reach of either thumb or forefinger.

One very significant portion of the handling experience revolves around the fact that the EOS 700D offers comprehensive touchscreen operation. The ability to control functions like AF point selection, exposure values and shooting controls directly onscreen rather than via the camera's strong complement of buttons and dials obviously holds appeal for compact camera upgraders and smartphone owners. Yet, as we discuss on the touchscreen and displays pages of this review, touchscreen use is, in many instances a more efficient method of camera operation.

Specific handling issues

If you've read our reviews of previous Rebel models like the EOS 600D, you will know that while we don't find too much to fault with regard to handling in this camera series, we do wish for some changes. We've long felt that the exposure compensation button's placement makes it a bit awkward to reach with your eye pressed against the viewfinder.

Some users may find it a bit confusing that in live view, the 4-way controller buttons ignore their printed functions and instead serve only to move the AF point. To be fair though, given the fact that you can easily move the AF point as well as access the erstwhile controller functions via the touchscreen, this is less of an issue for us as it has been with previous models.

With the 600D we complained that the Highlight Tone Priority feature (which we like), while being sensibly placed as a shooting menu option in video mode was inexplicably buried in the custom menu with the camera set to stills shooting mode. In response, Canon have head-scratchingly removed it from the shooting menu in movie mode, so that it's only accessible as a custom function in either mode (unless you go to the trouble of adding it as a My Menu option). And it can no longer be set on a per mode basis. The setting carries over between stills and video mode.

We're also still waiting for Canon to offer a more direct method of enabling mirror lock-up (other than engaging live view), which is available only as a custom function. In addition, we find the requirement to shoot a reference image before setting a custom white balance is needlessly backwards. We'd much rather switch to Custom WB first and then shoot our target,which is how most other cameras behave.

Most of these criticisms are not limited to the 700D, rather are representative of the 'Canon way' of doing things. They're hardly deal-breakers though, and the added functionality of a touchscreen interface is far more relevant to daily use and operation.

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RyanBoston
By RyanBoston (1 month ago)

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.

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Kishore Pratap Sanghvi
By Kishore Pratap Sanghvi (4 months ago)

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 - drkpsanghvi@gmail.com

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ravi pratap
By ravi pratap (4 months ago)

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.

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zdenek nostalgig
By zdenek nostalgig (4 months ago)

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.

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ravi pratap
By ravi pratap (5 months ago)

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!

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tophy42
By tophy42 (5 months ago)

its very great camera and the new design is beautiful
my bro buy one yesterday and till this moment never stopped shooting

Really great product

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Neo111
By Neo111 (9 months ago)

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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rinkos
By rinkos (9 months ago)

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

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Dave Smith Trelawnyd
By Dave Smith Trelawnyd (9 months ago)

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.

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Pepe Le Pew
By Pepe Le Pew (11 months ago)

The Rebel series are getting worse and worse every year

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PDBreach
By PDBreach (9 months ago)

How so? This is an upgrade..

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cor ela d obe x6Ps6
By cor ela d obe x6Ps6 (8 months ago)

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

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