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Canon 700D review

Canon's first touchscreen DSLR gets an upgrade

Our Verdict

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is a very capable and versatile camera that produces high quality images. It has a comprehensive feature set and affords all the control expected by enthusiast photographers while providing automatic hand-holding options for less experienced users.

For

  • Sensor records lots of detail
  • Comprehensive feature set
  • Responsive vari-angle touchscreen
  • High quality video

Against

  • No new sensor
  • LCD attracts fingerprints
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Lags behind others for dynamic range and signal to noise ratio

Although the Canon EOS 650D was the first DSLR to have a touchscreen, Canon sensibly decided that the touch controls should be in addition to rather than instead of the button and dial controls.

This helped widen the camera's appeal, making it attractive to novices upgrading from a touchscreen smartphone or compact camera, as well as enthusiast photographers. As a result, according to Canon, the camera has sold very well.

Nevertheless after less than year the brand has decided to replace the Canon EOS 650D with the Canon EOS 700D, also known as the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. It sits alongside the Canon EOS 600D at the very top of Canon's "consumer" lineup, just below the Canon EOS 60D that starts its "enthusiast" range.

However, the new camera only makes a few upgrades on the model it replaces.

Canon EOS 700D review

The vast majority of the Canon 700D's specification is the same as the Canon 650D's. For example, the 18 million pixel APS-C sized sensor and the 14-point Digic 5 processor are the same. It also has the same hybrid autofocus system for use in live view or video mode as well as a nine-point, all-cross type phase detection system for use when using the viewfinder.

As before, the sensor has pixels that are used for the phase detection part of the hybrid autofocusing system that is available when using Live View mode or shooting HD videos.

Canon EOS 700D review

When the Hybrid AF is in action, it uses the central pixels to inform the phase detection part and get the subject close to sharp - from then, the contrast detection steps in to get it into full focus. This means that you can use the camera handheld. Canon claims that the performance of this system when one of the new STM lenses is mounted has been improved.

Like the Canon EOS 650D, the Canon EOS 700D can shoot at 5fps, and the sensitivity can be set in the native range ISO 100-12800, which can be expanded to ISO 25,600 if necessary. This makes it a pretty versatile camera, capable of shooting in a wide range of situations.

One of the biggest changes brought with the new camera is that the impact of the Creative Filters (Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fish-Eye, Art Bold, Water Painting, Toy Camera and Miniature Effect) can be previewed on the screen when shooting in Live View mode - just as you can with the Canon EOS 100D and the Canon EOS M.

Canon EOS 700D review

However, these are still a JPEG-only option, so you can't have a 'clean' raw file recorded with the JPEG. If you want an unfiltered image as well as one with the effect on, you need to apply the filter post-capture using the Canon EOS 700D's post-processing options.

Alternatively, the Canon EOS 700D has the usual array of Picture Styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome) as well as Auto, in which the camera selects what it calculates to be the appropriate option automatically, plus it can apply three user-defined styles.

All of the preset options can be adjusted to taste and can be used when shooting raw as well as JPEG files.

Canon EOS 700D review

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The Canon EOS 700D has also been designed to have a more expensive feel, with a textured coating and a 360-degree mode dial added. The latter means it can be twisted all the way around, rather than reaching a point where it stops and has to be twisted back again.

The Canon EOS 700D/Canon EOS Rebel T5i has a full asking price of £619.99 / AU$849 / US$749 body only or £749.99 / AU$999 / US$899.99 with the new 18-55 STM lens.

This means that it goes head to head with the 24 million pixel Nikon D5200, which was announced at the end of 2012.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyEOS
Image StabilizationNo
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)580 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, REACH, ErP
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLP-E8
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Eye-Fi Card
Height99.8 mm
Width133.1 mm
Depth78.8 mm
Autofocus Points9
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Audio FormatsPCM
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, X-sync, Red-eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model700D
Product NameEOS 700D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8596B014AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Canon EOS 700D
Let your creativity grow

Step into DSLR photography and let your creativity grow. Produce superb photos and video with an 18-megapixel sensor and enjoy shooting with an easy to use Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen.

Battery Life440 Shot
Package Contents
  • EOS 700D Digital SLR Camera
  • Camera Cover R-F-3
  • Wide Strap EW-100DBIV
  • Battery Charger LC-E8E
  • AC Cable (with E-Type Plug)
  • Battery Pack LP-E8
  • Battery Cover
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Eyecup Ef
  • User Manual Kit
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeedlite Transmitter, Speaker, Microphone