Canon 700D Review

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Model: 700D
Specifications: 18MP APS-C 'Hybrid CMOS' sensor
Phase detection AF from imaging sensor for Live View and Video
Continuous autofocus in movie mode with subject tracking
14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
5 fps continuous shooting
9 point AF system, all sensors cross type, central sensor F2.8 (from 60D)
63 zone iFCL metering
1080p30 video recording with built-in stereo mics
1.04m dot 3:2 touch-sensitive vari-angle ClearView II LCD (capacitive type, multi-touch support)
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Ease of Learning: 4.5 / 5

Ease of Use: 4.5 / 5

Value for Money: 3 / 5

Video Quality: 3 / 5

Photo Quality: 4 / 5

Features: 3.5 / 100

The Canon 700D is fantastic camera to have for those enthusiasts who are becoming more serious about their photography. It is however not very different to its predecessor, the Canon 650D, which then begs the question; Do the changes in the 700D warrant the replacement of the 650D?

The reality is that the key features on these two cameras are for the most part the same with the exception of a few changes. The first obvious change on the 700D is the fact that the mode dial on the camera can now rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to get to your favorite mode a little bit quicker.

As with the 650D, the 700D also has a flip out rotating screen which is great for those high and low angle shots, as well as those all-important selfies. The touchscreen on the 700D is, however, quicker in its focus response and it does so quite smoothly. As is the case with touch screens; fingerprints on the screen is always a challenge and so having a soft clean cloth is helpful. Another feature that’s different to its predecessor is the fact that the 700D allows the user to view various jpeg filters in its live view mode.

I quite enjoyed playing around with this camera. It has a lovely solid build, it is easy to navigate through the different menu settings and very comfortable to use. It comes with a standard 18 – 55mm f3.5 – 5.6 IS STM kit lens, to which I have to say, I was very impressed with. This lens has been improved and just responds very smoothly both manually and automatically.

I was very happy with the quality of the images too. The camera is capable of producing very good detail in images (even with the kit lens). It produces good colorful images with very rich color tones. Its low light capabilities were pretty decent even though there was a bit of noise present.

I played around with the video recording ability as well and from the little that I know, it’s clear that the in camera audio recorder is not fantastic at all but there is space for you to plug in an external microphone for better audio quality. It also seemed to have lots of almost pixelated reds, greens and blues, as the camera was trying to adjust to or accommodate motion.

The 700D is at the top end of Canon’s entry level SLR’s and, as I’ve said before, this is a great camera for the enthusiast who is a bit more serious about their photography. Again though, do the changes warrant the discontinuance of the 650D and the increased price difference? I’m not so sure it does. So if you own a 650D, you have yourself a good camera and there’s no real need to upgrade. Would I buy this camera? Probably not. Saving an extra R500 – R1000 buys you the Canon 60 which launches you into the amateur ranks.

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