Sitting at the top of Canon’s consumer range of DSLR cameras, the EOS 700D is an upgrade to the EOS 650D. The notable improvements include sturdier build, redesigned mode dial, preview for creative filters and higher Live View refresh rate. Also for the first time Canon has bundled the new EF-S 18-55 IS STM lens. Let’s see how this camera fares and whether it’s a worthy upgrade.
Bundled with EF-S 18-55 IS STM lens
Design and features
At a weight of less than 750 g (including the stock lens) and with a compact body, the EOS 700D can easily fit into smaller bags. The EOS 650D was the first DSLR camera to feature a touchscreen. The EOS 700D retains the same and also maintains the 18.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, DIGIG 5 processor, 9-point autofocus and 5fps continuous shooting. It can record videos at full HD and has stereo microphones.
This is the first time that Canon has included the 18–55mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens with a consumer class DSLR. It features stepping motor technology, which offers quieter continuous autofocus when attached to bodies that incorporate Canon's Hybrid CMOS AF technology. Focusing is silent even while shooting videos and the stereo microphones don’t pick up the sound of the AF motor. The lens can focus on subjects as close as 25 cms.
Mode dial with Basic and Creative zones
The mode dial used in the EOS 700D is slightly different than the 650D’s dial. The one here can be rotated infinitely, which is quicker when it comes to going back to the first few modes from the last mode. You don’t reach an endpoint from where you have to rotate in the opposite direction to go back.
The mode dial has two zones: Basic and Creative. The Basic zone offers eight shooting modes starting with the fully automatic mode, which is highlighted in green. Here, the ISO, flash, focusing and colour tones are all managed by the camera. Next is the Flash Off mode followed by the Creative Auto mode that has numerous colour modes such as Standard, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker and Monochrome. These settings allow you to set the level of background blur. The next few modes are most commonly used scene presets—portrait, landscape, close-up and sport. The Scene mode doesn’t allow shooting in RAW, but you have presets to shoot night portrait, night landscape and HDR. The Creative zone has the PASM modes that offer fine grained control over exposure. Depending on the set mode, you can adjust the aperture, shutter speed, white balance, EV, ISO level, flash intensity and metering mode. The easiest to use in the PASM mode is the Program mode in which the camera determines the aperture and shutter speed, while allowing you to adjust the rest of the parameters. Just above the mode dial is a dedicated button to set the ISO level and to the right is the on/off and video switch.
3-inch capacitive touchscreen and eye-sensor for EVF
Another useful addition is the creative filter preview in Live View. Various creative filters like Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye, Art Bold, Water Painting, Toy Camera and Miniature can be applied to the image, and adjustments can be made to control the strength. These filters can also be applied to photos using the post processing options available in the playback mode.
As with most Canon cameras, the controls are very intuitive. If you’re a Canon user, you will get used to this camera in no time.
Build quality and ergonomics
The EOS 700D feels much steadier in hands thanks to the rubber layer added on the grip. The body material is the same—stainless steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre.
Fully articulating LCD for convenient shooting
The touchscreen is a real pleasure to work with. It’s of the capacitive type, which is more responsive than a resistive one used in cameras such as the IXUS 510 HS. The touchscreen comes in handy especially when using Live View wherein you can touch to move the focus area and adjust the settings. Viewing the images in playback mode is also easier using the touchscreen. Pinching to zoom in and out is supported and panning the photos in zoomed view using your finger is more convenient than using the D-pad. The fully-articulating screen is very helpful to compose frames with the camera held above or below eye level.
Control panel and memory card slot
The wireless flash trigger will definitely entice a photographer who can’t afford a prosumer camera and wants to use external flash. The inbuilt flash can sync in 1st curtain or 2nd curtain modes.
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