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Body & Design

The EOS 700D is based on the same body design as the EOS 600D, with minimal changes. This isn't a bad thing at all - you get a useful set of external controls for all the major shooting functions, and a fully-articulated LCD screen. The body is made of plastic, but it still feels pretty solid with no flexing or creaking, and the slightly-enlarged grip inherited from the 600D is a clear improvement over older models in the line. The 'upmarket' body finish makes no real difference to handling (it's still plastic), but some people might like it more than the slightly shinier finish of the EOS 650D, we guess.

Despite being an entry level model, the 700D offers a wealth of control points, yielding little in this regard even compared to Canon's more expensive EOS 60D. There's also a full range of connectors, including USB and HDMI ports, sockets for a cable release and an external microphone, and a receiver for an infra-red remote control.

Top of camera

The top of the EOS 700D plays host to the main controls. The power switch surrounds the rather crowded-looking mode dial, and has an additional position for movie recording, meaning you can quickly switch to video from any exposure mode. The control dial and ISO button are both positioned behind the shutter release for operation by your index finger. The stereo microphone is also visible here, just in front of the hot shoe. Oh! And unlke the EOS 650D the mode dial on the 700D rotates continuously now, which is nice.

Articulating LCD touchscreen

The EOS 700D has a similar swivel-and-tilt screen to the EOS 600D and 60D, which offers a wide range of movement and unlike tilt-only screens can still be used to shoot stills in portrait format at waist level or overhead. This is great for live view and working off a tripod, as well as for video shooting.

The EOS 700D's side-hinged screen offers a wide range of movement - when folded out (as above) it can be rotated downwards for overhead shooting, upwards for waist-level shots, or forwards for self-portraits.

It can also be folded flat against the camera's back, pointing inwards when not in use to protect the screen against scratches or merely getting covered in nose grease.

The 700D offers a touch-sensitive screen. Large, well-positioned icons allow you to adjust shooting settings, swipe through and zoom image playback, acquire focus in live view and (optionally) release the shutter if you wish. You can even navigate the entire menu system by touch.

Working in viewfinder mode, the touch-enabled Q menu allows you to press on any icon... ...and jump to its relevant options. You can navigate by touch or via the 4-way controller and/or main dial.
For options that include a wide range of values (like shutter speed) you can tap, swipe or press onscreen arrows to make your selection. In live view mode, the Q menu is displayed as touch-sensitive icons along either side of the image area.

This is easily one of the most ambitious touchscreen implementations we've seen from any camera manufacturer. Not only does the 700D offer onscreen functionality of virtually every external control, you can use the touchscreen interface in seamless combination with the the camera's hardware dials and buttons. And while touchscreen control is enabled by default, you do have the option of turning it off completely, making the 700D behave almost identically to the 600D.

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RyanBoston
By RyanBoston (1 week 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (4 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 (4 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (10 months ago)

The Rebel series are getting worse and worse every year

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PDBreach
By PDBreach (8 months ago)

How so? This is an upgrade..

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cor ela d obe x6Ps6
By cor ela d obe x6Ps6 (7 months ago)

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

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Total comments: 12