Canon T7 Review
|Full model name:||Canon EOS Rebel T7 (EOS 2000D)|
(22.3mm x 14.9mm)
|Viewfinder:||Optical / LCD|
|Native ISO:||100 - 6400|
|Extended ISO:||100 - 12,800|
|Shutter:||1/4000 - 30 sec|
|Max Aperture:||3.5 (kit lens)|
5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 in.
(129 x 101 x 78 mm)
includes batteries, kit lens
|Full specs:||Canon T7 specifications|
Canon T7 Review -- First Impressions
by Jaron Schneider
Preview posted: 02/25/2018
Canon's newest entry-level DSLR is the Rebel T7, a 24-megapixel camera offering easy sharing options, continuous shooting up to 3 frames per second, and a nine point autofocus system along with a three-inch rear LCD.
The successor to Canon's most affordable entry-level DSLR, the T7 picks up pretty much exactly where the T6 left off. It uses the same DIGIC 4+ image processor, offers the same ISO range, the same frames per second... you get the idea. The only improvements are the increased resolution of the sensor, bumped up from 18 megapixels to 24.1 megapixels, and a modest increase in buffer depth.
Looking at the specifications of the T7 next to the T6, it's like the hardest game of "spot the difference" you'll ever play. Aside from the upgraded sensor and buffer, the T7 is pretty much identical to the T6 in every other way. It's an extremely incremental update, but a positive one. I don't know anyone who would complain about getting more megapixels, as long as quality isn't compromised.
Build Quality and Design
The Rebel T7 is a compact DSLR, designed to fit as much as possible onto a small and easy-to-use body. There is no top-facing screen, so all your camera's settings will be shown on the back of the camera on the fixed LCD.
It also means that you need to expect to find access to most of the cameras features on the rear of the camera. For example, the white balance, ISO, drive mode and autofocus settings are found in a button circle where you would find a control dial on some of Canon's higher-end DSLRs. Though you will also be able to adjust these settings through the Q menu, given that the LCD is not a touchscreen, navigating the menus will require the use of buttons.
The viewfinder is the classic entry-level DSLR pentamirror offering approximately 95% vertical and horizontal coverage with an eye point of about 21mm. Magnification is approximately 0.8x (0.5x in 35mm equivalent terms) with an angle of view of 22.4 degrees, and it has an adjustable diopter (-2.5 to +0.5m-1). You can get a "depth of field preview" via the Set button using C.Fn9 in custom settings.
Image and Video-Making Specifications
The T7 shoots in both JPEG and RAW (14-bit), and a variety of sizes and aspect ratios are offered for JPEGs, the highest resolution being 3:2 aspect ratio/Large, which will net you a 6000 x 4000 image. (RAW is always max resolution.) There are seven pre-defined Picture Styles along with three more user-defined styles that can be custom set with the T7, just like you would have found in the T6: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome. As for White Balance, there are eight modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White fluorescent, Flash and Custom.
The T7, like the T6, offers a native ISO range of 100-6400 (with an expandable high sensitivity of 12,800) in all four main camera modes (P, Tv, Av, M). The ISO range is, however, limited to 100-3200 in some of the other exposure modes (Creative Auto, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Food, Night Portrait, Scene Intelligent Auto, and Flash Off).
Video can be recorded in three sizes: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1280 x 720 (HD) and 640 x 480 (VGA). In 1080p Full HD, the T7 encodes at a bitrate of 46 Mbps (approximately 340 MB/minute) in both 30p and 24p. That same bitrate also occurs when shooting at 60 frames per second in 720p, while the bitrate drops to 11 Mbps in 480p. In Full HD, there is no slow motion recording option, as the camera tops out at 30 frames per second. Audio recorded is monaural and the T7 does not provide an external microphone jack.
As with the T6, when using the optical viewfinder the T7 uses through-the-lens phase-detection autofocus employing a dedicated AF sensor offering nine points, with only the center point being a cross-type sensor capable of detecting both horizontal and vertical detail. The center point is also more sensitive than the rest, able to focus down to 0 EV versus 1 EV (ISO 100) for the other 8 points, and it supports lenses with a maximum aperture as slow as f/5.6. There are three different autofocus modes along with manual focus: one shot AF, predictive AI Servo AF, and AI Focus AF (which switches between one-shot and AI Servo automatically). You can also manually select your AF point or have the T7 automatically select for you.
In Live View mode, the dedicated autofocus sensor cannot be used by default, and hence the Canon T7 will switch to contrast-detection AF. (Like the T6 before it, the T7 does not offer on-sensor phase-detection AF.) Here, you have a choice of FlexiZone single or face-detection live autofocus, either of which provide for coverage across 80% of the frame width and height. Alternatively, you can opt to have the camera drop the mirror briefly during focus operation, interrupting the Live View preview but allowing for phase-detection AF to be used.
You can of course focus manually, whether in Live View mode or shooting through the viewfinder. In Live View mode, a choice of 5x or 10x enlargement of the preview is possible, to help determine the point of focus more accurately.
Both the T7 and T6 before it can shoot still images at up to 3.0 frames per second. One of the talking points of the Canon T6 was its unlimited JPEG burst functionality, and that comes with the new T7 as well. Canon has said that by recording Large/Normal JPEGs, you can continue to hold the burst until your card fills, assuming your card is fast enough to keep up. The T7's Large/Fine JPEG buffer depth is specified at a very generous 150 frames.
According to Canon, the T6 was limited to just 6 RAW frames or 5 RAW + Large/Fine JPEG frames in a burst before slowing down (we confirmed 6 RAW frames but managed only 4 RAW+JPEG frames in the lab), however specs for the T7 have improved those figures to 11 and 6 frames respectively, despite the higher resolution files. We will of course test the T7's burst speed and buffer depths ourselves, once we get a production unit into the lab.
Storage, Power and Ports
For image and video storage, the T7 supports SD, SDHC and SDXC cards via a single slot, but does not support the faster UHS-I standard just like the T6. The T7 uses the same LP-E10 battery pack as the T6. Both cameras are CIPA-rated for 500 shots per charge when using the optical viewfinder. Interestingly, however, the T7 is rated for 240 shots in Live View mode, compared to 180 shots for the T6. A dedicated battery charger is included in the bundle, and in-camera charging is not supported. Like the T6, the T7 provides a USB 2.0 port, a Type-C Mini HDMI port and a jack for an RS-60E3 wired remote.
The Canon T7 carries with it the Wi-Fi and NFC upgrades that the T6 brought to the model last year. Wi-Fi lets you get your images off the camera and onto your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet quickly and easily via the Canon app. From there, it's just a few taps to get your photos onto social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The NFC radio, meanwhile, makes it even easier for Android users to connect their smart device to the camera. Simply tapping the two devices together is enough to create a connection and start sharing images. Unlike other recent Canons, the entry-level T7 does not however add Bluetooth.
Canon T7 Price and Availability
The Canon Rebel T7 is scheduled to go on sale in April 2018, and will be sold in a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens for an estimated retail price of US$549.99, the same price as the T6 when it was announced almost two years ago. In the US the Canon T7 is available direct from Canon USA via their website.