For those who are looking for an entry to mid-level DSLR or point and shoot camera, look no further than the Canon Rebel T7. In this review, we’ll highlight some of the best features and shortcomings of the T7, the ease of use, image quality, and price in the category to help you decide if it is the right option for you to invest in.
The camera comes in at about $500, so it’s competitively priced, and being that it’s a Canon, you can rely on brand-name reputation. Ready to make the investment? Consider a few of these points before you choose to make the leap.
The Body/ Design
First off, let’s take a look at the camera’s body. It’s very similar to its predecessor, the T6, in size, weight, and overall structure. It’s lightweight, compact, and easy to carry around for everyday use. So, if this is what you’re looking for, it’s a great option.
What distinguishes it most from the predecessor, is the 24-MP camera, a few upgraded features, and its EF-S 18-55 mm lens.
It weighs in at about 1.75 pounds, has an SD slot, and the grip features a textured rubber, making it easy and comfortable for longer photo shoots or extensive use.
It has four-way control keys, an on/off switch, and the one-touch access to the most important features/functions you’ll use, make for a relatively easy DSLR point and shoot camera for those who are newer to photography.
Wi Fi Connectivity
It does feature wifi and NFC compatibility. So, downloading the Android or iOS app allows for quick and easy video and image transfer and sharing on your smart devices. The app also lets owners shoot remotely. It does lack ISO balance, noise balance, and other features that are prominent in the Canon T7 camera, however. But, for basic image capture, it’s a nice added feature owners will appreciate having.
Image Quality and Low Light Shooting
It features an optical viewfinder as well as the 3-inch LCD, which isn’t a touchscreen. Both are relatively easy to see through, allowing users to capture excellent shots, in low and bright light settings. The pop up flash covers a distance to up to about 30 feet, but for anything further, a dedicated external flash might be a good option.
In well-lit conditions, the camera produces high quality and high resolution images. This is a major selling point for novice and beginner shooters. Even if you don’t capture the perfect shot, the camera’s stunning image quality will help deflect some of the faults in your shooting capabilities. There are portrait and landscape dedicated shooting modes as well on this camera. This helps enhance the image features and appearance, improving the overall quality of photos which are shot, namely in darker light conditions or in poor lighting situations.
You can see the detail in close up shots. The camera also does a decent job in balancing exposure differences, if there’s a shadow or shade in a particularly bright area where you’re shooting. The pop flash feature is an great feature. It is bright enough to help enhance images and details, even in dark and shady conditions. Even with the lower ISO, the camera does a decent job at capturing great image resolution and detail. A playback mode allows you to view a series of photos you captured, and allows users to capture the perfect shot from the series.
For low-light shooting, the DSLR does feature a high light setting of 12,800. It does a reasonable job at capturing photos in low light settings. By extending the ISO to the 12,800, you can eliminate certain bright light noise, improving the overall quality and detail, and minimizing the graininess of certain images.
The Video Capture
This camera can’t capture 4K video; the highest resolution is 1920X1080 p, which is still relatively decent quality. It has basic features like playback, trimming video length, HD recording, and other editing tools, to help you improve the quality of videos you capture on the device. You can also choose between landscape or portrait when filming; if you don’t the camera will automatically set an option, based upon the best video quality, for the video capture conditions (lighting, display, image capture, etc).
There are several great features which set the T7 apart from its predecessors, as well as other DSLR cameras in this price range. At about $500, it is reasonably priced for an entry to mid-level camera. Some of the features that make it a good option for most photographers include
It operates relatively quickly shooting 3 fps (frames per second)It has a high ISO of up to 12,800, which allows you to enhance images in low lightThe 24-MP camera is lightweight, and has a rubber textured grip, for comfortable use and all day shootingIt has a playback mode, so you can view a series of captured photos at onceThe 3-inch LCD and viewfinder, both operate easily and function seamlessly
It also shoots video, at up to 1920X1080 resolution, which is comparable to other cameras in this price range. Lastly, the Canon name, guarantees quality, and it is a reputable brand consumers can trust.
Of course, you’ll also want to weigh the drawback, which we’ve highlighted here in our Canon T7 review. Some of these drawbacks include
Slow continuous shooting mode doesn’t allow you to capture fast-paced actionIt is lacking a touchscreen (which is a deal breaker for so many people today)The LCD is stationary, it doesn’t feature a tilt mode, which other cameras doIt doesn’t shoot 4K video
The price point of $500, might also be a bit high for an entry-level camera, so it is something some photographers might overlook if they’re on the market for a new DSLR point and shoot.
Ultimately, the brand is trusted, the quality is excellent, and the price point for a mid-level camera, is in line with competitors brands. It is lacking in some features, such as the touchscreen and video resolution. But, the quality image capture in low light settings, ease of use, connectivity, and the compact, lightweight finish, all make this a great camera for those who are building up their skill sets as a photographer.