The new Canon 700D replaces the 650D as Canon’s latest enthusiast DSLR. The differences between the two cameras are extremely subtle, though the 700D is available with a brand new 18-55mm IS STM kit lens that boasts very fast, silent autofocus, extremely smooth manual focusing and no external moving parts. This makes the 700D kit a great option for users who record video or regularly shoot in quiet locations such as weddings. When tested in our lab, the lens performed relatively well, though it did display some softness in the corners and chromatic aberration as green and purple fringing, especially at wider apertures.
The 700D comes with a very high quality 3in 1040k-dot LCD touchscreen that flips out and twists to make it easy to take self-portraits and shots at unusual angles. The screen is very easy to see in bright conditions and has an exceptional viewing angle. This, along with the colours, contrast, resolution and touch capability, make this the best quality screen in this test.
The competitive ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,000) makes the 700D well-suited to low light shooting. In our tests, it produced very useable images at ISO 6400.
As on the 650D, which shares the same sensor, DIGIC 5 processor and body dimensions as the 700D, the 18MP resolution isn’t as impressive as the Nikon D5200 or Sony 58, but is still more than enough for the majority of users. The disappointing battery life of 440 shots from a single charge, nine AF points and maximum shooting speed of 5fps mean the Canon 700D isn’t that well-suited to action photography.
The 700D body is very comfortable to hold, especially for users with larger hands. At 770g it’s also the light, so despite its size it never feels clunky or inconvenient to use. The overall handling is exceptional, with direct access to all the most important settings on the back of the camera. The touchscreen also helps users quickly navigate through the menu system, as well as focus, review images and even shoot without touching the shutter button. The improved mode dial twists 360 degrees for faster mode selection. The 700D’s Quick Menu can also be controlled via touchscreen.
The improved rubber coatings, which are new to the 700D, make the camera feel very comfortable and secure to hold. Overall, this is an exceptionally user-friendly camera, both externally and within the menu system
- Street price £389 (Body only as of June 2016)
- Effective resolution 18MP
- Sensor type 22.3x14.9mm CMOS
- Lens 18-55mm IS STM
- ISO range 100-12,800 (exp. to 25,600)
- LCD 3in 1040k-dot flip
- Viewfinder Optical
- Viewfinder coverage 95%
- Shooting speed 5fps
- AF points 9
- Video Full HD (1080p)
- Flash power GN13
- Battery life 440 shots
- Card type SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Body size (wxhxd) 133x100x79mm
- Total weight 770g
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This review was first published in the July 2013 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.