Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D)

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | Dual Pixel AF | 1080/60p video

What we like:

  • Very responsive whether using viewfinder or live view
  • Clever guide mode
  • Easy-to-shoot video

What we don't:

  • Aging sensor can't compete in terms of noise and dynamic range
  • Soft video footage
  • Single command dial
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D is the latest in the company’s mass-market series of DSLRs. The big news is the addition of a simplified guide mode and the ‘Dual Pixel’ autofocus system that allows fast focus in live view mode.
The T7i fits well in the hand and features a surprising level of direct control points, though there’s only one command dial. The guide mode is excellent, helping to teach you how to operate the camera once that guide is disengaged. The camera also offers a similar level of performance whether shot with the viewfinder or the rear screen, which is unusual for a DSLR.
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is one of the easiest-to-shoot DSLRs we’ve ever encountered
Autofocus through the viewfinder is good, with a large number of AF points and a broad spread of coverage but it’s the AF in live view mode that really impressed us. The camera’s JPEGs are very good, with attractive color and tunable sharpening. Noise reduction is a little primitive and there’s no in-camera Raw conversion option to modify images after they’re shot. The sensor’s performance is very good, though not cutting-edge, in terms of noise and dynamic range.
The Canon's JPEGs are typical for the brand: their sharpening is a little soft, by default but the color rendering is one of our favorites. And, in common with the most recent Canons, the T7i offers relatively sophisticated control over sharpening if you do want crisper out-of-camera results. Raw performance is good, showing very similar levels of detail to those of its rivals. Noise performance is also similar to the other APS-C models.
Video is restricted to slightly soft 1080p footage. A digital IS mode helps when shooting hand-held but it’s the Dual Pixel autofocus that helps make the T7i one of the easiest cameras to shoot good footage with.
The combination of a clever guide mode and live view autofocus that means the camera is as good (if not better) when shooting using the rear screen makes the Canon EOS Rebel T7i one of the easiest-to-shoot DSLRs we’ve ever encountered. Great for beginners, great to grow into.

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