The Canon EOS 800D (or Rebel T7i of its small name across the Atlantic) is the latest in a long line appeared in 2003 and has since become one of the favorite Canon products.
Why do I like him? Because it is full of useful and fun features for novices, without removing anything from the freedom of use and complexity that will be expected by the most experienced.
Canon EOS 800D Complete Review 2021
With its aluminum alloy and poly carbonate shell, it offers a good grip and a feeling of strength, for only 532 grams. Too bad, on the other hand, that there has not been any extra work on the exterior cladding which, despite the quality of the materials, looks like a bad plastic.
The 3 “touch and articulated screen has a very good resolution. It is very easy to handle, with a simplified menu that handles the level of complexity of manipulations.
We can just fly over the most basic menus, without any difficulty and with conclusive results. But this does not mean that Canon fails to offer great freedom of use to those who know how to do it.
And for those who do not really know, really nothing – there is no shame! Each adjustment is optionally accompanied by a small explanatory drawing which illustrates the result obtained.
Canon EOS 800D The Best Midrange Camera
In terms of connectivity, there is an SD port and micro-USB … But also a port for a microphone, which is very unusual in this price range. The device is equipped with WiFi and an NFC chip, and there is a bluetooth low consumption. The Camera Connect app allows to explore and export photos, but also to control the camera remotely, which can be interesting to make a group photo.
Auto focus offers 45 points of recognition of the subject: it is the highest in this price range. The complete update of the AF with the T7i is a real pleasure, and greatly enhances the value for money of this device. The detection is fast and intuitive. The detection performance of moving subjects is also improved with this model, thanks to a metric RGB + IR system.
With 49 auto focus points on a 7 × 7 grid, manual support is simple and effective, thanks in part to the speed of the touch itself. It’s way better than most hybrid cameras, as you can see in this article , and some auto focus is disappointing.
Point of view quality of images, if the number of Mpx has not changed (but anyway we know that it does not matter!), There is new under the hood. The CMOS APS-C sensor from the Rebel range has taken a youthful look, with the promise of better noise control.
This new sensor goes hand in hand with the DIGIC 7, a next-generation graphics processor that can handle ten times more information than its predecessor, the DIGIC 6, and can further improve noise management. Moreover, the device can this time go up to 51.200 ISO. Nevertheless, I do not recommend its use beyond 12,800, which is really not bad! The white balance is so impeccable, and the grain is very well managed for a device at this price.
The HDR (“High Dynamic Range”: practical for landscape shots using a process that uses different levels of exposure) is a great effort, even if I did not expect any miracles for that price. It is nevertheless a good performance, since the subjects against the light are saved from the underexposure, with a respectful contrast and a beautiful intensity of colors.
Too bad the video is always limited to HD, with 60 frames per second! A 4K option would have been appreciated by those who also want to practice video.
On the other hand, the autonomy only holds 600 snapshots in real use, a correct performance for a device equipped with a Bluetooth and connectivity WiFi, but less than the Nikon d5600 which I will tell you right after.
Pros and Cons of Canon EOS 800D
Flawless auto focus
Excellent image quality
Good grip of the touch
Very intuitive interface
No 4K video
Autonomy quite weak
In the end, the many improvements made by Canon with this model make it one of the mid-range champions. Comfortable to use for both novices and insiders, it offers the same level of versatility that I was looking for in this comparison: it is a model adapted to the greatest number that does not sacrifice anything in the process.