Canon’s new EOS Rebel T7i (alsocalled the EOS 800D beyond the US) seeks to up the pub for the upper-entry-level DSLR category, and updates the most popular EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D) that is just achieved its second birthday.
Though the EOS Rebel T7i shares much the very same intentions as the T6isoldiers and soldiers on with a lot of the same tech, Canon has generated lots of changes across the spec sheet to make it more appealing to the first-time consumer — some of which were included inside more superior EOS models.
We have rifled through the spec sheet to learn what Canon has done to separate the brand new camera out of its predecessor. Here’s a rundown of the main changes between both.
1. Latest DIGIC 7 processor
Though the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D used Canon’s DIGIC 6 processing engine, the hottest EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D welcomes the newer DIGIC 7 version. This first surfaced within the PowerShot G7 X Mark II version released last year prior to being included within the newest EOS M5 and PowerShot G9 X II.
In comparison with previous engines, this is said to provide superior image processing and quicker operation, and in addition, it helps to increase burst rates (more on this later).
2. Revised sensor
With the exact same 24.2MP pixel count since the EOS Rebel T6i, the sensor inside the EOS Rebel T7i appears to be unchanged at first glance.
This is the exact same total pixel count as the sensor within the EOS 80D, that was recently designed for that version. Canon claims both share the identical technology here, so we ought to expect to find an improvement over the previous 24.2MP variant.
3. Expanded ISO Range
Without a doubt a result of the revised processor and sensor partnership, the new version includes a slightly broader ISO range than previously. Where the EOS Rebel T6i could be adjusted within a range of ISO100-12,800 as standard, the new version adds a stop at the latter end to make a native variety of ISO 100-25,600.
Similarly, the expanded sensitivity alternative at the higher end of this scale has now shifted from a setting equal to ISO25,600 on the EOS Rebel T6i to one equal to ISO51,200 on the EOS Rebel T7i.
A minor change is that, when shooting stills, the entire ISO100-25,600 native range can now be accessed while the camera has been set to the Auto ISO setting; previously this was confined to ISO100-6400. When shooting videos, this contracts into an ISO100-12,800 range.
4. New 18-55mm kit lens
The EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D and EOS 77D are published along with a new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens, which Canon claims is the smallest non-retractable DSLR kit lens of its focal variety.
Weighing 215g, the lens incorporates a four-stop Picture Stabilizer to help maintain sharpness in images, in addition to Canon’s STM technology, which promises discreet performance when shooting movies.
Some might detect, and be worried by, the maximum aperture in the wide-angle end. Where this is normally f/3.5 on many kit lenses, that has been decreased by two-thirds of a stop, to f/4.
5. Revised AF system with “the world’s fastest live opinion autofocus”
This was a totally sound performer, though the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 800D packs something a whole lot more sophisticated.
First, the array was expanded to give the same 45-point policy as the EOS 80D, with every one these effective at cross-type performance. 27 points remain operational when using a lens with a maximum aperture of f/8, with two of these staying cross-type.
Canon has also made a considerable improvement to the camera sensitivity. Where the working range of the T6i’s system functioned as low as -0.5EV, this has fallen to -3EV around the T7i. In practice this must make the camera much more sensitive to information in low light, closer to the functionality of more advanced versions.
Canon also claims the camera provides the world’s fastest live-view autofocus system, with a speeds of just 0.03 sec. As is always the case with those claims, this relates to specific conditions and equipment: it relates to APS-C-equipped cameras that have phase-detect pixels on their sensors, and was determined when utilizing the newest EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM during its 55mm setting.
6. More white balance options
You can now opt to shoot with the Auto White Balance place to other Ambience Priority or White Priority, depending on how much of this warmth in the scene that you want to retain. Canon has incorporated this feature inside other recent versions, so its inclusion here is somewhat expected.
It’s also now possible to set the color temperature across the Kelvin scale, something which T6i didn’t offer.
7. Faster flash sync speed
Flash sync speed has increased from the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D’s 1/200 sec limit to 1/250 sec on the more recent version.
8. Diffraction correction included to lens corrections
When using lenses whose characteristics have been understood by the camera, the EOS Rebel T6i enabled for correction of distortion, peripheral illumination and chromatic aberration to be enabled and disabled as required. On the T7i these have been joined by an alternative that intends to rectify the effects of diffraction.
These effects tend to be more notable when shooting smaller apertures, therefore it could interest those intending to use the camera for landscapes and other small-aperture applications. Incidentally, this isn’t the first time we have seen this feature; it was contained in other recent versions such as the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS-1D X Mark II.
9. Raw image processing
Controls on offer include alteration over exposure, white balance and noise reduction.
10. Burst speed fostered
For this to be the case, you have to make sure you’re using a card rated to the UHS-I standard.
11. Double Pixel CMOS AF system
Rather than the Hybrid CMOS AF method of its predecessors, the T7i packs at the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF system seen in the EOS 80D, EOS 5D Mark IV and many others. This allows for focus monitoring and face manipulation when using live view and shooting videos.
This partnership has worked really well on other models, and makes focus-pulling throughout video recoding simple and professional-looking.
12. Complete HD recording now to 60p
While the camera does not stretch to supplying the same 4K video performance as some of its more innovative siblings, it will up the highest frame rate in Total HD recording in the T6i’s 30fps to 60fps (59.94fps).
13. Increased battery life
One of the less-exciting — but significant — changes is an increase in battery life on the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D. Although the new version utilizes the same LP-E17 battery since the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D, it asserts approximately 600 frames per charge, in comparison with the 440 frames managed by the T6i.
Both these figures are offered for viewfinder use in normal conditions, and therefore are reduced when using Live View, or if working in colder environments.
Canon has also revised the way in which battery life is presented; there are currently six amounts on display to help you to get a clearer idea of how much juice you’ve got left, also, if that’s not precise enough, it is possible to also have this displayed as a percentage.
14. New connectivity button
The rear plate of the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D appears strikingly like that of the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D, although one noticeable gap on the new version is the inclusion of a brand new connectivity button.
According to the T6i, a small light on a single side of the top plate shows connectivity status, although Canon has selected to restyle and reposition it slightly for the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D.