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Design compared

Compared to Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i)

Like the blink-and-you-missed it EOS 650D, the EOS 700D is based on the same body design as the EOS 600D, and side-by-side they are indeed very hard to tell apart. The new model gains a stereo microphone (a first for the EOS line) and a slightly revised top-plate layout, but that's about it. The pictures below show the EOS 650D - the 700D is virtually identical in terms of size and layout.

From both the front and rear, the two cameras are nearly indistinguishable. With the 650D/700D the microphone has been moved from the front shoulder of the camera. Subtle differences in LCD screen design and shaping of the rear buttons are about the extent of external updates.
The changes that have been made are largely to the top plate. The 650D/700D gains a stereo microphone in front of the hot shoe, and movie mode is now a third position on the main power switch. The exposure mode dial gets a couple of new options, losing A-DEP in the process, and the DISP button (which did little more than turn the screen on and off) has disappeared.

Here you can also see that the more recent EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is a little shorter than the older version, with a slightly different barrel design.

Compared to EOS 600D - key changes and improvements

  • 'Hybrid CMOS' sensor with integrated phase detection AF for live view and video
  • Continuous AF in Live View and during video recording
  • Touchscreen interface including touch shutter / touch focus
  • 9-point AF, all sensors now cross-type
  • High ISO range increased to 12800 standard / 25600 expanded (vs 6400 / 12800)
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • 5 fps continuous shooting (vs 3.7 fps)
  • Eye-sensor to toggle LCD screen on and off
  • Integrated stereo microphone

Compared to Sony SLT-A57

The EOS 700D is only fractionally larger than the Sony A57 and actually a bit lighter, despite the fact that the Sony lacks an optical viewfinder. Both cameras house an APS-C sized sensor and accept external flash units. Note (again) that the EOS 650D is pictured here.

Both the EOS 650D/700D and the Sony SLT-A57 follow a traditional SLR design and control point layout. The mode dials reside on opposite shoulders of the cameras and the 650D's shutter button sits in front of its control dial, while the A57 reverses those positions.
Both cameras feature a 3.0 inch articulated LCD, but the side-hinged (versus bottom hinged) design of the 650D/700D makes it more useful for shooting from high angles in portrait orientation, and allows you to preview self-portraits or group shots when using a tripod. The electronic viewfinder of the Sony A57 makes it (slightly) shorter than the 650D/700D, but does allow for a more gently-contoured shape.
Outfitted with their respective 18-55mm kit lenses, both cameras would occupy a similar amount of space in a camera bag. This view also highlights the wider and more deeply-recessed handgrip of the Sony A57.
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Total comments: 11
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: 11