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Live View displays

Accessing live view on the 700D is done in the same way as on the EOS 600D; via a dual purpose live view/movie record button next to the viewfinder. Yet Canon made some significant improvements with the 650D which have carried over into the 700D, that make live view operation more fluid and crucially, more suitable for a wider range of shooting situations.

Some of the biggest operational changes to live view compared to the 600D experience are a result of the 700D's touchscreen capability. With live view activated you can manually set an autofocus point - in any of the camera's four AF modes - simply by tapping the screen. The selectable AF area covers roughly 80% of the entire screen area, offering a vastly greater range of AF selection than is available in viewfinder shooting mode. You can also enable a 'touch shutter' feature, which, as the name suggests, lets you fire the shutter simply by tapping the screen.

Touchscreen implementation has led to changes in the design and placement of onscreen icons, which are larger and more widely spaced, residing in two columns along both sides of the screen as well as a row along the bottom. And the Quick Control menu is fully touch-sensitive, providing easy access to shooting settings.

While these features may sound familiar to owners of recent-model mirrorless cameras, Canon is the only camera maker to offer touchscreen contro on its DSLR models. And by doing so in such a comprehensive and well-implemented fashion, the 700D provides a substantially improved shooting experience, placing it well ahead of its DSLR peers with regard to live view operation.

Live View function settings

The Live View tab of the shooting menu offers several options governing live view behavior. Both the AF method and Touch Shutter options can also be accessed directly from live view using the Quick Control screen.

The Live View tab of the shooting menu offers a single page of options. You can navigate and make selections using the 4-way controller or by pressing the touchscreen.

Disappointingly, the options common to both live view and movie modes - AF method, Grid display and Metering timer - cannot be set independently. Selecting a rule of thirds grid in the live view menu, for instance, also sets this grid for movie mode. This behavior can get downright confusing since live view offers a Quick mode (phase detect) AF method that is of course unavailable in movie mode. Choosing that option will instead set the movie mode's AF method to FlexiZone Single. A much simpler solution, of course would be to make these settings work on a per shooting mode basis.

Live View display modes

Pressing the 'Info' button while in live view toggles between the available display modes, each with differing levels of overlaid information. You can also enable optional grid lines. Whenever possible, the camera previews the effects of the current exposure settings, indicated by an Exposure Simulation icon in the detailed information views. This icon will flash continuously in more extreme lighting conditions that do not allow an accurate exposure preview. The histogram overlay also updates in real time to reflect current exposure settings.

In image-only mode, AF information is displayed. Here you see Flexi-Multi and Flex-Single AF modes. A shooting settings view adds exposure information, battery status and number of shots remaining.
A more detailed view adds the current image settings along with exposure simulation confirmation. You can also view a histogram overlay, with a choice of luminance (shown here) or RGB data.
One of two grids can be overlaid on the live view image. These are selected via the Live View tab of the shooting menus. Upon focus acquisition, the relevant AF point(s) temporarily become green.
Live view offers both 5x and 10x magnification levels for critical focus. You can scroll through the magnified image via touchscreen buttons or the 4-way controller.  

Live View Creative filters

Unlike on the EOS 650D where Canon's 'creative filters' were only available as post-capture processing options, the 700D allows you to select any of these filters before you capture an image and preview their effect in live view (as demonstrated below).

In live view you can enable any of seven 'creative filters' and preview their effect. Here is the standard image followed by... Grainy BW
Soft focus Fisheye
Art bold Water painting
Toy camera Miniature
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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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