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Information display

As has long been the case with Rebel series cameras, the EOS 700D provides a comprehensive information display on the LCD, along with a 'Q' button to access the Quick Control menu. On the 700D, both the button and Quick Control menu are touch-enabled.

In viewfinder shooting mode the LCD displays the current shooting settings and a button to access the Quick Control menu. You can change the color scheme of this display, with blue and red themes replacing the green option on the EOS 600D.

The 700D's LCD uses Canon's Clear View II technology which the company claims will minimize glare when used outdoors and resist scratches as well as the inevitable smudges that come with touchscreen use. In side by side comparisons with the LCD of the earlier model EOS 600D, this redesigned screen shows only marginal improvement in bright sunlight. You'll still need to increase screen brightness to maximum in these conditions if you cannot angle the LCD into a more shaded position.

Of course, the best solution - if you're shooting still images - is to simply use the camera's viewfinder. We've had no scratch issues with the screen though (on the identical 650D or 700D), and outside of very bright sunlight conditions, finger smudges don't obscure the image view significantly.

You can adjust the brightness level of the LCD on a scale of 1 to 7. The default value is 4. Quite helpfully, the real-world image Canon displays for you to evaluate the result is one of your own; it's the image you last selected when in playback mode.

Display modes

By default the EOS 700D provides a two second review display immediately after a shot is taken. This can be disabled or extended to 4 or 8 seconds. You can also choose to have the image displayed until you press the shutter button half-way or the camera goes to sleep, whichever occurs first. During record review you can press the dedicated erase button to delete the current image. Four display modes are available in record review and playback mode, as shown below.

Image-only view Basic exposure and sequence information
Histogram and detailed shooting information. Blinkies will appear over images areas with clipped highlights. Luminance and RGB histograms. Blinkies will appear over images areas with clipped highlights.

In the playback menu you can define which of the two histogram modes (luminance or RGB) will be displayed in the penultimate information view shown above. This choice will also determine the histogram displayed in live view mode.

Playback magnification

Two magnification buttons can be used to zoom in and out during image playback. Yet the 700D's touchscreen also responds to smartphone-style gestures. You can spread or pinch two fingers to zoom in and out, respectively. You can move around magnified images by swiping your finger. In the non-magnified view you can swipe you finger to move to the next or previous image.

There is a slight lag when swiping between photos, as the new image takes a brief moment to render at full screen size. With a fast SD card, the delay is not overly long, but the abrupt change in image size can be a jarring to view repeatedly. In this scenario, using the main control dial is the most efficient way to move between images. Particularly so because you can configure its 'jump' setting to move through images by date or star rating among other criteria.

The 700D offers 15 discrete levels of magnification beyond its image-only view. And you'd be hard pressed to find anyone here in the dpreview office who enjoys holding down the zoom button while the camera cycles through each of them to reach maximum magnification. (High-end models like the EOS 5D Mark III allow you to customize the magnification level of the zoom button). The spread and pinch gestures, however, allow you to reach maximum magnification much more quickly and sensibly. And the ability to move around large swaths of the magnified image in one go, make the image review process feel like play, rather than a tedious chore.

Of course you can forgo the touchscreen entirely and navigate through images using the 4-way controller and main control dial if you wish. We suspect, however, that Canon's well-implemented touchscreen navigation will hold wide appeal and be nearly irresistible to anyone who's used a smartphone.

In the images below you see a range of playback magnification views, from the initial image-only view to maximum magnification.

Play thumbnail index

The 700D provides two levels of thumbnail indexes; a four image 2x2 grid and a nine image 3x3 grid. As you've probably guessed by now, you can use a touchscreen gesture to access these. Simply pinch two fingers in any of the standard playback views. Spread two fingers to work your way back up to the standard view (and beyond).

With either index level displayed you can swipe up or down to scroll through additional sets of image thumbnails.

Image rating

Images and movies can be rated, providing a useful way of filtering your images on the go. And if you use Canon's bundled Digital Photo Professional importing and editing software, these ratings can be integrated into your editing workflow as well. In the playback-menu you can set the 'Image Jump' function to only display rated images. The same can be done for slide-shows.

By activating the 'Q' menu in playback mode you can apply ratings to images via touchscreen buttons. You can change the behavior of the main control dial from its default previous and next mode and enable it to move through rated images only.


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Total comments: 12
By RyanBoston (5 days 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.

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 -

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.

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.

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!

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

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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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

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.

Pepe Le Pew
By Pepe Le Pew (10 months ago)

The Rebel series are getting worse and worse every year

By PDBreach (8 months ago)

How so? This is an upgrade..

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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