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Supplied software

The Canon EOS 700D comes with the 'Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk' which includes:

  • Digital Photo Professional 3.13 - Advanced image workflow and editing, specialized in Raw conversion with a range of adjustment and output options.
     
  • ImageBrowser EX 1.1 - Easy to use image browsing and organization with a unique interface. Includes rudimentary image editing, printing and e-mail. This latest version of the software also provides some very basic video editing.
     
  • EOS Utility 2.13 - A tool to download images as well as control the camera remotely and adjust its settings when tethered to the computer.
  • PhotoStitch 3.2 - Panorama stitching utility.
  • Picture Style Editor 1.13 - Utility to create custom picture styles that can be uploaded to the camera.
  • EOS Sample Music - Royalty free audio files to upload to the camera and use as background music.
  • CameraWindow - Tool for transferring images to a computer

Digital Photo Professional is an image workflow and RAW conversion application that provides for the browsing and management of images in a folder structure as well as tagging, rotation etc. In addition it also provides an extensive range of RAW conversion features which include digital exposure compensation, white balance, tone curve, color, picture style, sharpness and lens correction parameters.

A number of different tools can be accessed from the tools menu. The Quick Check tool allows you to browse through a selection of images and assign check marks to them. The Trimming tool can be used to apply a crop to an image (the image itself is not modified, this is simply saved in the recipe).

The Stamp tool works in a similar way to the clone stamp or healing brush in Photoshop (although it is primary designed for the removal of light or dark blotches).The Rename tool can be used to change the filename of a selection of images based on a rule set. Finally you can convert multiple RAW files at a time using the batch conversion tool.

Digital Photo Professional has a comprehensive feature set. Raw conversion (in this image you can see the Edit window) certainly offers enough to satisfy even the most advanced user. One of the main advantages of working with Raw files is that DPP offers much more control over noise-reduction than the in-camera settings.
Tone curves can be adjusted for each color channel separately. The lens aberration window offers correction of light fall-off, chromatic aberration, distortion and color blur.

This latest version of Digital Photo Pro which is provided with the EOS 650D includes a new, fairly comprehensive lens correction module which allows you to correct your raw files for vignetting (peripheral illumination, purple fringing (color blur) and chromatic aberration based on lens profiles, offering greater control than the 650D's in-camera corrections. For the vignetting, CA and distortion correction you have sliders which allow you to apply a partial correction between 0 and 100%. There is also a slider to indicate the subject distance the image was taken at which helps optimizing the distortion correction.

The Lens aberration correction dialogue opens as a separate window within DPP. It contains the full image view and a magnification area at the top right. There is also the option for a grid-overlay which is useful when correcting distortion.

Raw file conversion

As is normal in our reviews we like to compare the camera maker's supplied raw conversion software with competing third party raw converters. Here we've picked Adobe Camera Raw and DxO Optics Pro alongside the Canon software. We'll compare these three converters to the camera's JPEG engine to see how each of them pulls detail out of the images. Note that the images in this page were shot with the EOS 650D. The 650D and 700D give identical image quality (so all commentary applies equally to both).

  • JPEG - Large/Fine, Default settings
  • DPP - Digital Photo Professional
  • ACR - Adobe Camera raw 7.1
  • DxO - DxO Optics Pro 7.5.3

Sharpness and Detail

Canon's Digital Photo Professional emulates the output of the camera's JPEG engine very closely. Color rendition and tonality are virtually identical. DPP does apply a touch more default sharpening, resulting in images that are - at a pixel-level - a little crisper.

Adobe Camera Raw's default output is less contrasty and benefits from subtle, small-radius sharpening. This results in a more appealing image with natural tonality and an increase in fine detail. DxO's output combines contrast similar to that of the in-camera JPEG, with even more saturated colors. It also offers a greater degree of high contrast fine edge detail than the other raw converters. Keep in mind though that we're looking at 100% crops here. Small differences like this in detail rendering really only come into play if you plan to display your images at very large sizes.

JPEG out of camera, High quality setting (all settings default)
ISO 100 studio scene 100% crop
Digital Photo Professional ->JPEG (Default settings)
ISO 100 studio scene 100% crop
Adobe ACR 7.1 Raw ->JPEG (Default settings)
ISO 100 studio scene 100% crop
DxO Optics Pro 7.5.3 Raw ->JPEG (Default settings)
ISO 100 studio scene 100% crop

Resolution

The resolution chart confirms the observations we've made when looking at the crops above. DPP applies more aggressive sharpening than the out-of-camera JPEGs (notice the more prominent edge halos) while Adobe ACR's sharpening is more subtle with a smaller radius, resulting in the ability to resolve marginally finer detail. And DxO's sharpening again gets the nod with slightly crisper edge separation, all the while avoiding edge halos. Notice that along with their detail gains, both ACR and DxO display slightly more prominent moiré.

JPEG from camera Digital Photo Professional (raw)
Adobe Camera Raw DxO Optics Pro 7

Real-world advantages

While Canon provides generally pleasing image processing defaults, one of the benefits to shooting in raw mode is the ability to fine-tune settings post-capture in order to gain maximum image quality. With custom sharpening settings you can enhance image detail while avoiding edge halos. Chromatic aberration (CA) along high contrast edges can also be easily removed post-capture.

Camera JPEG Raw + ACR 7.1 Sharpening set to Amount 57, Radius 1.0 and Detail 25; CA removal enabled and Vibrance set to +25
100% crops

In low light conditions, having access to the raw file allows for a more subtle approach to chroma and luminance noise reduction, when compared to the camera's default settings. You also have the luxury of adjusting white balance to taste.

The image below was shot handheld at ISO 6400. As you can see below, the 650D/700D's standard NR setting combined with the JPEG compression, can lead to false colors and more prominent artifacts. By making a quick adjustment in ACR we can largely eliminate color noise and reduce luminance noise to a degree without making the image overly soft. We also made a small white balance adjustment for a slightly cooler, more neutral rendering.

Camera JPEG Raw + ACR 7.1 Custom WB, Luminance NR +10 and Color NR Detail +40 (all other settings at their defaults)
100% crops, ISO 6400

Raw files for download

Don't just take our word for it though. Below you can download EOS 650D raw files of 'real-world' scenes for yourself, and run them through your preferred raw conversion software and settings. If you want to take a closer look at the 650D's studio scene shots, you can download original raw files from our image quality comparison raw page.

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Total comments: 14
BobFoster

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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RyanBoston

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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Nien

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.

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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 - drkpsanghvi@gmail.com

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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.

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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.

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dmdewey

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.

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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!

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Neo111

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

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

2 upvotes
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.

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Pepe Le Pew

The Rebel series are getting worse and worse every year

3 upvotes
PDBreach

How so? This is an upgrade..

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cor ela d obe x6Ps6

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

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Total comments: 14