Canon is a renowned name of the photography world. It is one of the top camera brands, which is known for setting bars for its competitors with the quality and brand-new features that they deliver via their cameras that too in a very reasonable price range.
Image quality, a faster sensor, good quality focus, these are some of the key features offered by Canon camera devices.
Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera Review
This camera is intended to target cost-conscious users who are with a tight budget and want to buy an entry-level DSLR, and for people who are photography beginners and don’t want to spend their bundle of bucks on a professional class camera.
This camera has an all-new 24.1 megapixels camera sensor and offers continuous shooting up to 3 frames per second, ease of use, sound battery life, 9 point autofocus system, 3 inches fixed rear LCD, easy sharing and certain other things.
Here are details about features and build of the device, that might interest you:
Design / outlook / built quality
The successor to this entry-level DSLR is Canon T6. There isn’t any major change in T7 as compared to T6 except the brand new 24.1 megapixels sensor. This sensor is faster, increasing the buffer depth and pretty much more responsive than the 18 megapixels outdated previous sensor of T6.
Upgrading the sensor added the additional six million pixels and boosted up a detailed rendition of the images and videos.
Keeping aside the upgraded sensor, it is almost difficult to find any difference; the same ISO range, same FPS, same design, same DIGIC 4+ image processor. The dimension of T7’s body is (W x H x D): 5.1 x 4 x 3.1″ / 129 x 101.3 x 77.6 mm and it weighs around 1.1pounds without a lens.
Being lightweight and small makes it easy to handle. Plastic is used in the body with texture coating on the front grip and rear thumb, giving an overall plastic look.
Button and ports placement is identical to the T6. The rear buttons are configured in a way, which makes it very easy to navigate and understand. These controls are on the right side of the LCD. These buttons include; live view button, EV compensation, Q button, Display + Menu, and play buttons.
On the front plate of the body, there is a lens release button. On the top plate, there is the mode dial, power switch, flash release, control dial, and shutter release.
The display of the camera is a fixed 3 inches LCD screen. It is on the back of the camera, and all the settings are shown on it. This display lacks touch control, and the only option to control the camera is via its buttons.
There is an on-screen shooting guide for beginners, which can assist them further in operating the camera.
T7 can capture images in both RAW and JPEG format. RAW is 14 bits and always captured in maximum resolution, whereas for JPEG resolution of 6000 x 4000 is delivered via a 3:2 aspect ratio.
These images can be turned in to more artistic form via 7 + 8 modes for picture styles and white balance, respectively.
- Picture Style modes: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome
- White Balance Modes: Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Tungsten, Shade, White fluorescent, Flash, and Custom.
Just like the predecessor, T7 is also not capable of capturing 4k video. No 4k but you can capture high definition video of 1920 x 1080 resolution for the available frame rates of 24, 25 and 30fps.
For the 1080p, the device encodes at a bit rate of around 340MB per minute in both 24p and 30p. For 30fps or 1080p, you can not use the option of slo-mo recording.
ISO range offered by T7 is the same as T6. For the main for camera modes i.e., P, Tv, Av, M, this range is 100-6400.
For exposure modes i.e., Creative-auto, Landscape, Close-up, sports, food, night, intelligent scene auto, and flag features, this range is limited to 100-3200.
Battery life is one of the overwhelming features of this camera, keeping in mind its price.
The battery is an 860mAh Lithium-ion battery. Its life depends on the format you are shooting in, but still, it is kind of impressive. In-camera charging of this battery is not supported.
There is no update in the Autofocus system. T7 uses the same 9 points AF system. To be very honest, it is pretty disappointing. Rival cameras are providing better autofocus quality as compared to this out-dated one.
Canon could’ve at least add their signature Dual CMOS AF system. Old AF system is causing lagging issues and slow performance of the device for various users and also other headaches. For example, with all the AF points clustered in the center of the frame, your subject can go off-center, and you have to frame them again and again.
The coverage of the camera is focused on the center of the frame.
For the Metering, there is a 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor. This sensor gives four options for metering:
- Spot metering
From all the above-mentioned options, the evaluative showed the best results.
White balance system
Just like T6, the white balance system of T7 also performs pretty well. These options have further sub-options, and one of the new addition in those options is Ambiance Priority Auto White Balance Mode.
It was engineered to prevent the shot from losing it’s warmer look when the user is attempting to get the neutral results.
The audio performance of this camera will meet your expectations. Despite upgrading the sensor with a heavier one, Canon did not sacrifice the noise control. Noise reduction performance is for JPEG and RAW format both.
For JPEG files, there’s automatic softening of details and reduction of background noises. For RAW files, audio details are fined, but still, you can find some granular noise as well as Chroma noise.
But these noises are not very dominant, so this problem is not very considerable.
Some other features:
- The camera supports NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity for video and image sharing. Via the Canon app, you can view images quickly on your iOS and Android smartphones. There is no Bluetooth sharing option.
- For the storage of videos and images, an additional storage card is required. T7 supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards.
- The ports of the camera includes USB 2.0 port, Type-C Mini HDMI port, and a jack for an RS-60E3 remote. This remote is wired.
- The viewfinder is old-school and offers approximately 95% vertical and horizontal coverage with the eyepoint of 21mm. The magnification is0.8x approx. (0.5x in 35mm) with an angle of view of 22.4 degrees and comes up with an adjustable Diopter.
- In general, we did not find this camera as a very effective and efficient performer. The update of the processor did increase its performance, yet it is somehow sluggish. But it makes sense because of its low price.
Technical details and of all kind of general features are given in product specifications below:
- Lens Mount: Canon EF
- Camera Format: APS-C
- Pixels: Actual: 24.7mp, effective: 24.1mp
- Maximum Resolution: 6000 x 4000
- Aspect Ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
- Sensor Type: CMOS
- Sensor Size: 22.3 x 14.9 mm
- Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
- Image Stabilization: No
- ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 6400
- Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 Seconds
- Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
- Exposure Compensation: -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
- White Balance: Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten
- Continuous Shooting: up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 150 Frames (JPEG) / 11 Frames (Raw)
- Self-Timer: 2/10-Second Delay
- Recording Modes video: MOV/H.264, Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [46 Mb/s], HD(1280 x 720) at 50p/59.94p [46 Mb/s], SD (640 x 480) at 25p/29.97p [11 Mb/s]
- Recording Limit: Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds for Full HD
- Video Encoding: NTSC/PAL
- Audio Recording: Built-In Microphone
- Audio File Format: Linear PCM
- Focus Type: Auto and Manual
- Autofocus Sensitivity: 0 to +18 EV
- Viewfinder Type: Optical (Pentamirror)
- Viewfinder Eye Point: 21 mm
- Viewfinder Magnification Approx.: 0.8x
- Monitor Size: 3″
- Monitor Resolution: 920,000 Dot
- Monitor Type: Fixed LCD
- Built-In Flash: Yes
- Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Off
- Maximum Sync Speed:1/200 Second
- Dedicated Flash System: eTTL
- External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
- Memory Card Slot: Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
- Connectivity: Canon E3, HDMI C (Mini), USB Micro-B (USB 2.0)
- Wireless: Wi-Fi
- GPS: No
- Battery: 1 x LP-E10 Rechargeable lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 860 mAh
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1 x 4 x 3.1″ / 129 x 101.3 x 77.6 mm
- Weight: 1.05 lb / 475 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
- Focus Type: Autofocus
- Image Stabilization: Yes
- Filter Size: 58 mm (Front)
- Package Weight: 3.02
- Box Dimensions (H x W x D): 5.4 x 7.6 x 10.6
- Reasonable price
- Good quality LCD
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Solid noise handling
- Good battery life
- New 24.1MP sensor
- Full HD 1080p video
- Easy to use
- Solid built-quality
- No touchscreen. The LCD screen is fixed
- No 4k video
- Limited speed in Burst mode
- 4:3 LCD aspect ratio
- Slow performance. Lagging issues
- Image processor limits the High ISO capture
For all those people out there who are looking for a DSLR in a limited budget, Canon T7 Rebel can be a very decent option. Certain features in this camera makes it a perfect fit for the first time camera users and beginners.
It is pretty much simple and easy to operate, offers a good image quality with 24 megapixel and 9 point focus system, has better than expected battery timing, and logically laid out controls.
If you are already a user of an action camera or professional photographer/videographer, we don’t recommend this camera. It is an entry-level DSLR and a good choice for beginners.
There are some pretty nice updates and features in this camera, but you can not expect it to function like a pro, keeping in mind the price for which you are getting this camera.