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Review Canon 700D

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Within a year after the Canon 650Dwas introduced, Canon hadalready brought its successor, the Canon 700D, to market. In many ways, the Canon 700D is equal to its predecessor. And that's not even that bad, because the Canon 650D was/is an attractive camera for many people who want to focus more seriously on photography.

Just like the Canon 650D, the Canon 700D has touchscreen control and a hybrid sensor, so you can use the auto focus during video recording. An improvement over the Canon 650D is that the Canon 700D shows the effect of creative filters directly in live view. And, not unimportantly, the suggested retail price at launch (699 euros) is lower than the introductory price of its predecessor (849 euro).

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Construction and design 

The design and ergonomics of the Canon 650D at first glance are fully in line with those of the Canon 650D. In terms of height and width, the Canon 650D and Canon 700Dareexactly the same. The Canon 700D at 580 grams is 1% heavier than its predecessor. Still, there are a few minor improvements: the grip/rubber case is different,the camera is less smooth. And the mode dial on top of the Canon 700D can, unlike the mode dial of the Canon 650D, spin 360 degrees Because of this, you can operate the camera faster. Finally, the control during live-view is different: when you switch between the different settings with the program wheel, then the mirror doesn't flip up and down anymore. A subtle difference is the symbols on the mode button: for the 650D they are painted on, for the Canon 700D they are three dimensional. The 700D looks more luxurious, without it being immediately obvious what the difference is.

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Canon 700D + Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM IS @ 200mm, ISO, f/, sec

What lens would I choose for the Canon 700D?

The Canon 700Dis offered with a Canon 18-55 IS STM lens or a Canon 18-135 mm IS STM lens. Even for photographers who already have one or more lenses with a Canon mount, it'san attractivechoice to get one of these two kits. These two STM zooms are the first two Canon zoom lenses with a silent and very precise stepper motor. If you want to make video with your Canon 700D, then these two lenses are the most obvious choice.
As you can see in the image below, the differences between these lenses in the most compact configuration are not that great, despite the more than 2xlarger zoom range of the Canon 18-135 mm STM. In our review, the Canon 18-55 mm IS STM scored slightly better than the Canon 18-135 mm IS STM. In the review list with individual focal lengths, you can compare the two lenses. For many, price, focal distance range and size will be more important in choosing than the small difference in image quality. If you really attach great importance to the highest image quality, then the compact Canon 40 mm IS STMis a very good lens choice,with a likewise very attractive price tag.

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Canon 700D versus Canon 650D: more similarities than differences

  • The Canon 650Dis more attractively priced
  • Canon claims that you can take approximately 550 pictures on 1 battery charge, or can make 20% more pictures with the Canon 700D compared to the 650D.
  • With the Canon 700D,you can see the effect of creative filters while shooting in Liveview, and not with the Canon 650D
  • The mode button on top of the camera can rotate completely around on the Canon 700D; that is more practical than the Canon 650D, where the button locks up at a given point (after which you must turn it back)
  • Both have the same hybrid AF, 18-megapixel sensor, Digic-5 processor, 9 cross-type AF sensors and the same 3-inch touchscreen.
  • The ISO range of both cameras runs from 100 to 25,600 (extended). The maximum recording speed is 5 frames per second. Filming is possible with 1080 p at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second.

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Canon 700D versus Nikon D3200 versus Olympus OM-D E-M5

  • Canon 700D vs. Nikon D3200 versus Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • The Canon 700D offers a flip-out touch screen, the Nikon D3200 and the Olympus OM-D E0M5do not. The monitor of the Olympus does tilt.
  • Nikon D3200 provides more pixels and higher resolution
  • Nikon D3200 has no built-in AF motor, the other two cameras do
  • Canon 700Dwith its hybrid sensor offers faster video than the NikonD3200, but the Liveview AF of the Olympus is again faster than the Canon
  • The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is more compact than both other cameras and has built-in image stabilization

Viewfinder, screen and menu

The 1,040 k image screen on the back of the Canon 700D both swivels and tilts. You can also rotate the screen so that it is protected from scratches during transportation. The display of the Canon 700D is easy to read and, thanks to the multi-angle hinge,it's always possible to turn or tilt the screen in such a way that the display is easy to read even in bright light. The search accuracy amounts to 95%, the magnification amounts to 0.85 and,with a the crop factor of 1.6, the total magnification is 0.53. The Canon 700D is better on this point. The camera menu is well-organised. The number of tabs is limited and you do have to scroll down for each. The more advanced options, such as the show light priority or the choice to increment the exposure by1/3 stops or ½ stops, are in the last tab under personal choices.

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Using Imatest, we reviewed the dynamic range, resolution and noise of both RAW and jpg files from the Canon 700D. We also looked into the accuracy of the color reproduction and the auto white balance in daylight and artificial light. For the test method and the explanation of concepts, see FAQ.

Resolution Canon 700D

For resolution testing, we used the Canon EF-S 18-55 IS STM kit lens. The resolution of jpg files and RAW files we manipulated on a standard mode in Lightroom, and in both cases that's 2400 lines per image height at 100 ISO. The resolution remains high, even at higher ISO values: at 6400 ISO, the resolution of both RAW and jpg files is less than 10% different from the resolution at 100 ISO.

Dynamic range Canon 700D

The dynamic range is quite constant over the range of 100 ISO to 6400 ISO, and the measurement results are close to those of the Canon 650D. With the default camera settings, we measuredfor a 100 ISO jpg file a dynamic range of 10.5 f-stops for a low signal-to-noise ratio, 7.36 f-stops for a high signal/noise ratio. For the Canon 650D, these respectively were 10.1 and 6.8 stops.
At high ISO settings the dynamic range is almost equal to that of a Nikon D3200, but at low ISO settings, we found a 1-stop-lower dynamic range for the Canon 700D. That applies to both RAW and jpg files.

 
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Noise Canon 700D

 

One of the reasons to switch from a compact camera to a digital SLR camera is the lower noise at higher ISO values. Both the Canon 650Dand the Canon 700D provide a lot more value for money than a compact camera.
In terms of noise in RAW files, the Canon 650D and the Canon 700D are practically the same. In our measurements, the Canon 650D scored just a little higher. We found other Canon 700D testing on comparable sites with similar findings. In practice, you will not see this difference.
Here you can see a 100% crop of a 1600 ISO jpg image file. In the unsharpened RAW file without noise reduction, the color noise is already visible, but this is nicely eliminated by the Canon 700D.

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Color accuracy Canon 700D

The color reproduction of modern cameras in daylight is very similar. Often the chosen image style greatly affects the accuracy of the color reproduction. The Canon 700D in daylight for jpg (faithful picture style) and RAW files, in terms of color reproduction, is just as good as, for example, the color reproduction of the Canon 7D or the Canon 600D.

The white balance is pretty good, but in artificial light the auto white balance results in a distinct orange cast, for both RAW and jpg files. It doesn't matter which image style you chose.
In artificial light or mixed light situations, it is really recommended to manually set the white balance and/or to photograph in RAW and correct the color balance post facto. Anyone photographing in RAW can significantly improve the white balance in artificial light relative to the automatic white balance,

 

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Video

 

With the EOS 700D Full HD (1920 x 1080 @ 30 p), you can make movie images. Thanks to the Hybrid AF, youdon't, withLiveview video,have to pay attention to focusing. The new Canon lenses Canon EF-S 18-55 IS STM, Canon EF-S 18-135 mm IS STM and the Canon 40 mm f/2.8 STM have a noiseless stepper motor, making filming not only quieter, but also smoother.

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Canon 700D + Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM IS @ 200mm

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Conclusion Canon 700D review

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Year:2013
Overall score:6.3
Resolution:6.5
Dynamic Range:6.2
Noise:7.5
Color:9.3
Whitebalance:6.0
Megapixels:18
Sensor:APSC
Sensor magn.:0.56
fps:5
Weight (gram):580
MSRP NL (Euro):699

See our overview of tested cameras to compare the performance of this camera with other cameras.

Pros

Cons

  • Multi-angle Touch Screen
  • Full-HD video with manual control and continuous-AF
  • With 5 shots per second, fast enough for action, sports or nature photography
  • User-friendly interface
  • Virtually identical to the Canon 650D
  • Limited dynamic range, that improves by involving the Light show priority
  • Fewer megapixels and lower resolution than the competition (Nikon D3200, Sony A77)
  • No Wi-Fi, GPS

The Canon 700D is, just like the Canon 650D, a user-friendly camera with a lot of features. In terms of appearance, options and performance,the two cameras are almost equal to each other. The Canon 700D and 650D are comparable in color reproduction to the Canon 7D or the Canon 600D. The somewhat limited dynamic range of both cameras can be improved by using the default light showpriority, see our Canon 650D test.
The most important advantages of the Canon 700D are the multi-angle touchscreen and – when using a Canon STM lens – the silent AF for video. The Canon 700D is, in short, an attractive camera for the transition from a compact camera to somewhat more serious photography.

 
Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
With Camera Review Stuff I hope to make a modest contribution to the pleasure that you get from photography. By testing cameras and lenses in the same way, evluating the results and weighing up the pros and cons, I hope to help you find the right camera or lens.

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