Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Gordon Laing, February 2017

Canon EOS 800D / T7i preview

The Canon EOS 800D, or Rebel T7i as it's known in North America, is an upper entry-level DSLR, aimed at photographers wanting a step-up from the most basic models. Announced in February 2017, it effectively succeeds the EOS 750D / T6i, although that model will remain on sale in some regions. The 800D / T7i was also launched alongside a higher-end version called the EOS 77D.

The EOS 800D / T7i features a 24 Megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF which allows 80% of the sensor area to double-up as phase-detect AF points, supporting smooth and confident continuous AF for stills and movies. DIGIC 7 makes its debut on a DSLR here (and on the higher-end EOS 77D), claiming improved low-light performance and faster AF whether composing in Live View or through the optical viewfinder. The EOS 800D / T7i films video up to 1080 / 60p with optional five-axis digital stabilisation (for movies only), and includes a microphone input.

The optical viewfinder features a new 45-point / all cross-type AF system with 27 points working at f8 and a centre-point sensitive down to -3EV. Meanwhile continuous shooting is rated at 6fps with AF. There's also a fully-articulated 3in screen featuring Canon's excellent touch interface. Meanwhile a new guided interface helps you through the features and settings, although can be disabled if you prefer a traditional approach. The built-in Wifi is also complemented by Bluetooth which works with the new optional BR-E1 Bluetooth remote control accessory (39 GBP / 49 EUR). Expect the EOS 800D / T7i in April 2017 at a body price of $749 USD / 779 GBP / 1019 EUR, or in a kit with the new, shorter EF-S 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM zoom for 869 GBP / 1139 EUR. I went hands-on with the EOS 800D at a Canon event and am putting together a video of the main features - check back soon!

Canon EOS 800D video overview

Check back soon for my video overview of the new camera - editing now!

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