We have reviewed a number of Digital SLR cameras and while they come in all shapes and sizes, Japanese maker Canon just seems to do things right. Selecting a digital camera is almost as personal as the pictures that are taken with the device, and it really comes down to a matter of choice. Canon’s EOS 700D just pressed all the right buttons.
While it is not the lightest SLR on the market, the compact body houses all the necessary functions in a tight casing that makes it easy for users to carry around. The 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm camera body weighs approx. 580g without a lens attached and will easily fit into a backpack or carry bag.
Image quality is incredibly important when taking pictures of any kind – be it with a semi-professional camera or even a point-and-shoot, and this is where Canon delivers exponentially.
The 700D has 18.0 effective megapixels with 3:2 aspect ratio, delivering really crisp and fresh visuals. In what has become standard with most SLR cameras, it also makes use of an EOS integrated cleaning system for the lens sensor and makes use of a DIGIC 5 image processor.
The 700D is powered by a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8, and users can expect to take around 440 photos before needing to change the power source. The on-screen display for the battery power is divided into four levels, so users will know exactly when they might be running low. To save on power, the unit also has a number of Power Saving functions, such as turning the power off after 30sec or 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15mins.
For user who do not like to take pictures through the digital viewfinder, the unit incorporates a Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio Clear View LCD II Touch screen. The swivelling screen allows users to take normal images, but also moves around in order to give users a unique angle to take pictures from. It is a great feature, as it allows users to explore with different photographic techniques.
The great feature of digital cameras is that users can select and implement a number of filters and effects to apply to their images in one easy step. HDR Backlight Control is one such function, which allows users to take an image at three different exposures and combines them into one, retaining shadow and highlight detail. The 700D also includes Creative filter effects, including Grainy Black & White, Toy Camera and Miniature effect.
Canon has a number of lenses available that are compatible with their wide range of cameras. For the 700D, we used the Canon EF-S 18-200mm lens. While it is not ideal for close-up shots, it is great with capturing images at a distance. It has a powerful zoom range of 11x, and low-light performance is assured by a 4-stop Image Stabilizer.
The Canon EOS 700D is one of the most enjoyable cameras to work with. In low-light, the images are full of detail and crisp, while under normal lighting the camera goes to work in all the right ways. Canon’s User Interface is also one of the most easily-navigable systems on the market, as users will not have to pour through manuals to get the right settings.
While not incredibly light, it does make up for it by delivering exceptional image quality – which is one of the most important factors when selecting a digital camera. It might seem a bit strange to say that nothing else really matters, but the 700D promises to (and will) deliver some of the best images a user can take.
As usual with Canon cameras, it is a great buy.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor
The gallery below are a few shots that were taken with the 700D by Charlie Fripp during a recent trip: