A short while ago, Canon launched their most recent line of DSLR cameras into the South African industry. Having initially announced in late 2017, the scope eventually landed on our shores, substituting the prior assortment of DSLR cameras found in 2015. The Canon EOS 800D, which we received for review, is a direct replacement for the EOS 750D, a camera famous for being well-rounded, with no standout capabilities or attributes, together with an alluring price range to draw avid photography enthusiasts. The 800D (called the Canon EOS Rebel T7i from the US) attempts to improve upon the 750D balanced operation, more than only a simple upgrade, but more important changes. We take a good look at what it offers over its predecessor, or for first-time buyers.
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Build and Design
Like many Canon DSLR models within the scope throughout time, the 800D is a compact unit, which can be lightweight and ergonomically designed. The build quality stays fairly solid despite the heavy presence of plastic sprinkled throughout. This is not dissimilar from previous units from Canon itself, nor from its competitors in the exact same price range. The polycarbonate covering hides the aluminum alloy chassis from view, an impressive sight, which is a shame can not be visible when in use. The official dimensions are 131x100x76mm, which is slightly larger than competitor units from Fujifilm, Nikon and Sony. Additionally, it weighs 532g, which is about 150g, on average, heavier than the exact same competitor units. This is not too much of a concern, however, and also does not add much weight (excuse the pun) to the conclusion whether the device is a great buy or not.
There are other tiny features on the design which are notable, like the pronounced handgrip on the right, which enables users to easily grip the camera when taking shots. The clasp is finished with a contoured thumb rest on the back of the device, allowing for an ergonomic grip, which match the size of my hands almost perfectly. The device, however, is not weatherproof, so you might choose to prevent shooting in wet weather, or at least maintaining the apparatus as dry as possible during. There are rather a lot of controls and buttons added on several different positions across the whole body, no matter that is out of place. The buttons are somewhat conspicuous and have a notable click when depressed. This makes it much simpler to use and alerting users to if the buttons are pressed, providing added satisfaction when they do. All the buttons can be adequately labelled, which allow for ease of use. And if you do not understand what a particular button does, you can just refer to this tutorial on the screen to figure out things.
Screen and ViewFinder
Speaking of the screen, the 800D has a 3″ touchscreen reverse screen, which can be set up, as with most of camera models, just below the ViewFinder. In more specific terms, the screen is a fully articulated 1. 04M-dot rear touchscreen LCD panel — the same found on the preceding 750D. The touchscreen responsiveness is extremely slick and smooth. This makes using the UI quite simple, using a simple finger touch or gesture. The advantage of this extends into using more professional options, letting you quickly adjust your photo settings until the desired shot is missing. This was one of those standout capabilities I found on the 800D, being in a position to make important alterations for every shot with a fast touch or sliding scale. 1 reason for the improvement of this LCD is the update from past generation DIGIC 6 processor to the latest DIGIC 7 picture processor. Canon asserts that the advancements provide a boost in processing information, 14 times quicker in fact. The DIGIC 7 processor also has many other advantages which carry over to picture processing, burst speed enhancements, among others — to be covered a bit later.
Back to the screen. It’s a Clear View II TFT display, which offers excellent quality to display recorded images, allowing users to have a great idea of the pictures shot. The videos and images shown are vivid in color with good contrast levels when in Playback mode. Along with this, Canon has also enhanced their Live View capabilities on the 800D using the new image processor, allowing faster response times and alterations, particularly with the Dual-Pixel Autofocus technologies, that has been introduced into the assortment of cameras, formerly only available on the more premium versions.
For many professionals, using this ViewFinder is a more accepted method of capturing images, although this is merely a matter of preference. When switching to the ViewFinder, users may disable the display by turning off it, or fold it away by way of the side hinge. The are many applications for the hinged display, like shooting different angles as well as selfies or portraits. Canon has added another feature to the 800D in the form of a digital degree. For some, it might appear a gimmicky feature, but it’s benefits like taking a perfectly flat picture of a horizon or similar shooter.
The optical ViewFinder includes a pentamirror system, providing 95% spectacle coverage with 0. 82x magnification. This, again, is just like its predecessor. The ViewFinder provides a sharp view through the lens and sometimes provides better attention than that of the touchscreen display. Under the ViewFinder advantages, the device displays several user settings for your own information. Including the ISO, aperture, shutter speed and exposure makeup details. This is just like the view on the screen, although without the onscreen setting adjustments.
Characteristics and Performance
When it comes to features, the Canon EOS 800D has quite a broad range that helps both the novice and the professional photographer. Because of the sheer amount of those features, I will not be covering each and every one, but instead a few standouts or significant ones.
Firstly, we examine the unit’s 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, just like that fitted to the slightly more advanced Canon 80D. The 800D also has Dual Pixel AutoFocus technology, which was introduced with the Canon EOS 70D a couple of years back. This basically is Canon’s on-sensor phase-detection technologies, used to help focus times while the camera has been operated in Live View on the 3″ display, significantly reducing the time it takes to do so. In previous models, like the 700D, Canon utilised contrast-detect technologies to carry out the exact same function, fairly slow compared. In addition to the Double Pixel AF being introduced to Canon’s midsize units, the company also claims to have the fastest technology among its DSLR competitors.
As mentioned before, the 800D sport Canon’s latest-gen DIGIC 7 picture chip, enabling it to process data 14 times faster than that of the DIGIC 6. This, then, allows for greater maximum burst rate, together with the 800D effective at 6fps, while also having the ability to process a higher volume of consecutive images. The improvements on the sensor and chip also has a substantial effect on the most native sensitivity setting, allowing an ISO of 25,600, which delivers ISO 51,200 in expanded mode. In connection with exposure settings and modes, Canon employs a couple of options to pick from, which automatically adjust to the surroundings. These include Scene Intelligent Auto style, together with a selection of 10 other stationary modes. There’s also the choice of your PASM options for more experienced photographers. All these make for easy to use, point-and-click shots.
With filters readily available on just about all social networking apps to find this “wow” factor you are hoping to achieve, Canon includes the choice of ten built-in electronic filters to pick from, such as HDR capabilities. Another great addition is the in-camera lens correction tools used to reduce unwanted results and colors from your pictures, alongside Canon’s old favorite, Auto Lighting Optimiser.
Interestingly, the 800D also provides a WiFi connectivity option. Unfortunately, however, it is not as simple to use as with any other WiFi-enabled apparatus. The camera has the ability of linking to your smartphone to upgrade images on-the-go as you are happily snapping away. Connectivity, however, is rather complicated, and often times fails. After a couple of attempts and lots of frustration, I found it best to rely on the inserted memory card to store pictures with the support of the touchscreen to see any recently captured image for inspection.
Regardless of all of the attributes, performances and gimmickry, the most crucial component of any camera is at the picture quality. You may see the photographs taken on the 800D through the policy of the VS Gaming FIFA Festival and GeekFest events.
Like any of Canon’s DSLR cameras, users expect a lot concerning their image quality. In that sense, the 800D does not disappoint, as it gives a fantastic mix of vibrant and rich colours with clear scenes. Picture quality is also balanced between excessively lit and dimly lit surroundings, having the ability to capture quite a lot of detail in these opposite extremes, while still using a natural appearance. Canon stores two formats of pictures when shooting, JPEG and Adobe Camera Raw. Users have the ability to tinker with the JPEG image outputs, which provide quite a good image effect, but it can not compare with the raw pictures. If you’re searching for a fast turnaround for picture edits, the JPEGs are great enough, however.
Working with the Adobe Camera Raw images make it possible for users to add their own processing and filters, which often times generates better pictures than the onboard processing on the 800D — for several obvious reasons. Worknoiseith the RAW images also provided better outcomes concerning noise reduction without washing too much of the picture detail. It’s very noticeable in reduced lit scenes that use a lower ISOs. There are occasions when certain pictures captures are overexposed, which you’d pick up immediately when deploying the Live View mode, prompting users to retake the said picture to have a better balance. Lots of the shortcomings, however minor, were as a result of working with some of the automatic features and alterations on the 800D. Switching between auto and manual modes for certain shots were quick and easy and I was able to produce far better results in the long run.
In relation to video capture, the 800D does a pretty good job once more. Unfortunately, some users might find the absence of 4K support bothersome as the device has a maximum resolution of 1080p at 60fps while filming. Canon does not provide 4K support in their mid range units, with most other manufacturers also restricted to 1080de resolution for their rival devices. Having said that, those very same competitors do provide 4K support on components under Canon’s cheapest alternative, but that is a discussion for another time. Canon introduced debut of in-camera image stabilisation, which goes a long way in help free handed video capture and does a excellent job again. 1 concern I did have is that some of the attention adjustments are rather loud, and perceptible through the onboard mic, which is not good when reviewing the footage. This wouldn’t be a problem for the majority of professionals, who often employ a separate mic for filming.
There is a lot to appreciate about the Canon EOS 800D camera, ticking the vast majority the boxes, even for a mid sized apparatus. The improvements over the 700D are rather significant and will result in a simple selection for first-time buyers. Users who already have the 700D might also benefit from the new features, in spite of the extra costs of selling their secondhand unit, together with the gains outweighing the price tag. For professionals on a budget, but the 800D might have a couple of glitchy facets but certainly are not a train smash by any means. The 800D is a well-rounded camera with an extremely competitive price. You may grab the device through different channels, with costs under the R9,000 mark.
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