Canon EOS Rebel T7 kit Review - A Notable Improvement This professional-quality DSLR camera takes great photos with the Rebel T7.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 Kit

We like this
  • DSLR Cameras for Entry-Level Prices

  • It is simple to use

  • Good image quality

The Things We Hate
  • Displays are not touch- or articulating.

  • Wi-Fi connectivity issues

  • Some flashes or triggers from third parties are incompatible

Canon EOS Rebel T7 Kit, Canon's latest entry-level DSLR is now available. T6 owners get an upgrade to the sensor resolution, which is now 24.1 megapixels. The improvements to the T6 are not worth the cost, although they make it nearly identical. If you don't want an upgrade, it is a fantastic DSLR for a reasonable price.

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 Kit was purchased by us so that our expert reviewer could fully test it and evaluate it. Continue reading to see our complete product review.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 compact DSLR is designed to pack as many Canon's great features into a smaller and lighter body. It is also a relatively affordable way to get started in the DSLR world. To determine if the T7 is a suitable choice for both new and experienced users, as well as those who are upgrading to older EOS Rebel models, we looked into its design, setup, and performance.

The Classic Rebel Look

It is a continuation of all previous Rebels. At 23.8 ounces, the black body made mostly of plastic is light (including battery and lens). The T7 measures 5.1x4.0x3.1 inches, which is a lot smaller than Canon's larger DSLR options.

The grip is textured for the right hand and all functions are within reach. It is identical to the Canon T6's user interface, with the navigation buttons being located right next to the LCD screen.

When the flash is needed, it pops out of the top and can be pushed in to close the shutter. To remove lenses, press the release button at the top of the camera. Then rotate the lens. T7 lenses are compatible with both EF/EF-S lenses. The lens mount also includes the red dot and white square that show how to position the lens to attach to the body. The connection, which uses a metal ring to attach the lens, is sturdy and strong, as usual.

The remote trigger, USB and HDMI ports are located to the left side of the camera. They are covered by a rubber covering that is attached to the body. The camera's bottom has a universal tripod mounting. The compartment that houses the SD card as well as the battery is covered by a plastic hinged door. The battery compartment has a rubber flap at the edges that allows you to use an external power source with cable or a dummy battery.

It is nearly identical to the T6 predecessor and should feel comfortable in your hands if you have ever used a Canon DSLR. The T7 does away with the central pin from the universal hotshoe connection. This is an important difference. External triggers or flashes won't work with the camera. You will find the hot shoe on the top of your camera right next to the flash.

The T7 produces high quality images with excellent performance in low light.

T7 ships with the EF-S 18 to 55mm kit lens. It feels cheap because of its lightness and mostly made from plastic. For manual adjustment of the optical zoom, the lens features a grooved texture grip and one that is smaller for focus. The side switches enable autofocus and image stabilization. It appears that the kit lens is the same one as the T3i which was our first Canon DSLR camera, eight years ago. However, the lens cap has been changed.

An LCD display is not articulated like the T7i. It is an entry-level DSLR pentamirror that is found directly above the LCD. The viewfinder looks great and features an adjustable diopter. The choice of whether or not you like the fixed LCD depends on your use. If you don't feel the need for an articulated display, you can replace it with a Wi-Fi mobile device.

Installation: Simple and familiar

The setup of the Canon EOS Rebel T7 was very simple, with the exception of connecting the mobile device to the internet over Wi-Fi. It worked eventually, but it was a lot of hassle.

The battery was inserted and the SD card were placed in the camera. We then turned the camera on, set the time and date, and switched it off. The camera was now ready for use. We began exploring the menu options. We did make some adjustments to the settings, though nothing has changed over previous Rebel-series cameras. RAW is our preferred format, so that was the first thing we did. Also, we extended the time for image review, increased the auto power-off time, modified the grid display and turned off the beep sound.

Canon's EOS Rebel camera line is very feature-rich. You can learn so much if you want, but that's not necessary to get started using it. The Auto setting was first tested and then we switched to Autofocus and Image Stabilization with the kit lens. The camera does pretty much everything for you in Auto mode—just point and shoot.

Although we don't use the manual or video modes, they were all useful and easy to learn. We checked out the features of the software and switched to manual mode. Then we took the Canon 40mm on an adventure with it. It was easy to switch our lenses by pressing down on the lock button, rotating the kit lens until you want it removed and then aligning the 40mm lens with the rest of the lens. Finally, turn the knob so that it locks into its place.

After playing with the Canon T7i for some time, we realized that we really missed the articulate LCD display. So we tried remote Wi-Fi control via the Camera Connect app. The most difficult part of setting up Wi-Fi to connect our phone to the internet was the one we didn't like. It was difficult to establish a strong connection using our network. The Camera Connect app displayed stuttering, lag and sometimes freezing, which made it unbearable.

The Canon T7 is able to broadcast an ad-hoc Wi Fi network, so you can use it to connect your smartphone or tablet directly with the camera. The direct connection proved to be much more stable and easy-to-set up.

It is interesting to find a product so easy-to-use and feature rich that it can be setup quickly for a novice user. The first time we picked up a DSLR camera over a decade ago it seemed really intimidating—traditional film cameras hadn't started being replaced by digital yet and we were darkroom junkies. We were able to quickly sell our first DSLR, which was also a Canon.

Image Quality: Impressive for entry-level

The Canon EOS Rebel T7's image quality is one of the key metrics in any camera. The T7, as a whole, isn't an upgrade to the T6, however Canon increased the resolution from 18 megapixels up to 24.1, as well increasing the buffer depth.

T7's max resolution is 6000x4000 with a 3 to 2 aspect ratio in JPEG. It also shoots in RAW at maximum resolution. The camera has a 1920x1080 maximum resolution for video, but we may soon see 4K.

The T7 can record 30 frames per second when used in Full HD mode, so there is no slow motion. Audio is recorded in mono, and the external microphone jack is not available. The Full HD HD image can be used for YouTube and other online video.

Although the EF-S 18 to 55mm kit lens comes as a standard lens, it is a good entry-level option. We are pleased that Canon provided a decent starter lens, rather than something we would want to purchase immediately. The autofocus is quick and Image Stabilization works well, increasing the image quality.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 produces high quality images in low light conditions and is able to produce excellent results. The camera has many other options, including white balance, autofocus and exposure. If you have an existing Canon T6 is the upgrade worth it? If you don't have a lot of money, it is unlikely. You'll be happy with the standard if you don't upgrade from the previous generation.

Wi-Fi fails to meet our expectations

Canon EOS Rebel T7 has both Wi-Fi sharing and NFC. Canon's mobile application uses Wi-Fi to quickly transfer your photos from the camera onto an Android or iOS smartphone. Your mobile phone can be used to change the settings, control and take photos as well as video.

Android users can connect to their camera with the NFC radio by simply tapping both devices. The T7 does not have Bluetooth, and these features won't work with a computer. To remotely control Canon's EOS Utility, you will need to connect to a USB port. It worked on Windows computers, but we found that the USB cable was preventing us from using the camera remotely.

These features are familiar from Canon's T6 older model, so they're not new. There are only two upgrades to the T7, which is a small upgrade. One of these upgrades is the high-resolution 24.1 Megapixel APSC sensor. It helps make the camera more responsive in low-light situations. The Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor, which powers the EOS Rebel T7, has a higher processing speed than that of the T6. This processor also enhances image quality by processing higher ISO images, helping reduce noise and improving detail.

Software

Canon's software for the Rebel T7 is very reliable. It has many settings options and is simple to use. We began to notice the first issues we had with Rebel series cameras' software when we added Wi-Fi. This was with both the T6 as well as the T7.

As we mentioned, it was difficult to establish a stable connection via our router's network. Although connecting directly to the camera’s Wi-Fi network worked well, it was time-consuming and difficult to get it up and running again after turning the camera on and off. We had to freeze both the menu software on the camera and its mobile application a few times. The problem was solved by turning off the camera and then turning it on again.

One device can be connected at a given time. If you wish to connect more devices, you will need to do the entire connection over from scratch. This meant that we had to spend more time switching from our phone to a larger tablet. It was also disappointing that our laptop couldn't be connected via Wi-Fi.

An articulating LCD screen is what we miss most about the T7, but it's the only thing that keeps us from recommending it wholeheartedly.

Canon's EOS Utility software was very compatible with Windows. It worked over USB. It was easy to remotely view and control our camera. Canon's Camera Connect mobile application also worked great, although the preview images quality was not very high and sometimes we were able to take out-of-focus photos on the older Nexus 7 tablet.

Magic Lantern, an open-source software solution that can be used to create custom software for your T7 is not yet available. However, the website states that the porting process has begun. Magic Lantern is an open source software alternative that adds tons of features to Canon EOS camera cameras. It's also a great third-party option.

Bundle: It's garbage

There are often bundles available for Canon cameras that include additional accessories. Our bundle included: 2x Transcend 32GBSD Cards, 58mm Wide Angle Lens and 58mm 2X Telephoto Lens. Also, Photo4Less DC59 Case. RS-60 Remote Switch. 3 Piece Filter Kit. 58mm UV Filter. Screen Protectors. Tabletop Tripod.

Bundles are not worth the cost. Although they seem great because you can get many items for a fraction of the price, the quality is always poor. There are better alternatives. Cheap tripods, the tabletop ones are not sturdy enough to hold the camera up without it falling over. Vivitar Branded Wide Angle and Telephoto Lenses attach to the kit lens. They are not standalone lenses, but attachments to that camera. Slave flashes are not better than built-in flashes and can even make things worse.

The autofocus of the cameras was also affected by the use of UV or other lenses filters. Our laptop already had a USB card reader, so we didn't have to buy one. However, you can transfer your photos using the Camera Connect mobile application or USB cable, so no additional device is required. Although the Photo4Less is more like a case for a lens than a camera, you can still reconfigure it to fit your camera and other accessories. Although we have never tried a lens cap holder, you might find it helpful. We find that when we take off a lens cap, the item goes right into our back pockets.

Only the SD card case is something we may actually use, though you can get it on its own for less than $10. There are tons of bundles available for even the most hard cases. Remember that bundles can be just as valuable as the main event when it comes to purchasing cameras.

Pricing: A very affordable and great value

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR is extremely affordable at $450 (MSRP), and $400 street average value. While entry-level DSLRs are available from other companies such as Pentax and Sony, the T7 is usually slightly more expensive. Pentax is an excellent alternative, scoring higher on comparison sites than the T7. If cost is not an issue, you may want to look at what they offer.

In terms of portability, the T7 is usually better than its competitors. The Canon T7 is a compact and lightweight camera body. There are better options if you are looking for a higher overall price and can afford it. We wish that the T7 came with an articulated LCD display, which is what keeps us from recommending it wholeheartedly.

Competition: Canon EOS Rebel T7 vs. Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Although you might argue that the T7i doesn't actually compete because it is manufactured by Canon, it has the exact same features as the T7i and offers a higher quality camera than the Canon T7i.

Each camera has a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with EF/EFS lens mount and optical pentamirror seefinder. They also have built-in wireless. Both cameras are very similar in terms of size. Although the T7i may be slightly bigger and heavier, it isn't a huge difference.

The T7i has a touchscreen that is more detailed and articulating, which is one of its major benefits. Although it's difficult to describe the benefits of an articulating touchscreen display until you use it, you will notice a big difference if you take action shots and shoot at unusual angles. It's easier to frame photos and determine when they are in focus with a higher resolution display.

T7i's ISO range extends to 51200, while T7i is limited to 100-25600. T7 can only shoot continuous at 3.0 FPS, while T7 can capture continuous images at 6.0 FPS. Notable differences include 45 focus points, as opposed to 9 for the T7. The T7i also has a microphone port and a wider flash coverage area, Bluetooth capabilities, 100 additional shots per charge, and a microphone port.

Although the T7i's MSRP is $900 more, it has a $650 street value. We think that it's well worth the additional $200 for a better model.

Final Verdict

Great camera. The T7i, however, is better.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera is an excellent entry-level DSLR camera for a low price. The compact and lightweight design makes it different from the rest. Although it has all the modern features one would expect from a DSLR, there are a few key points we cannot live without.

We recommend the T7i model over the T7, despite the difference in price. We consider the T7i to be a better camera because it has additional features such as Bluetooth and an articulate touchscreen display. While the T7i can still be a good first DSLR, it is not as great as the T7i. However, if you have the budget, the T7i will provide better results.

Specifications

  • Product Name EOS Rebel T7 Kit
  • Canon Product Brand
  • MPN T7. 2000D. Kiss X90.
  • Prices from $450.00
  • Weight 23.8 oz.
  • Dimensions of the product: 5.1x4x3.1in
  • Color Black
  • Sensor Type CMOS (APS-C)
  • Megapixels 24.1 Megapixel
  • Sensor Size 332.27mm2 (22.30mm x 14.90mm)
  • Aspect Ratio 3:2
  • Image Resolution: 6000x4000 (4.0 MP) and 3984x2656 (10.6 MP), 3:2); 2976x84 (5.9MP, 3 2). 1920x1280 (2.5 MP), 3:2)), 5328x4000 (1.3 MP), 3:3)), 3552x2664 (15.3 MP), 3:3)), 3552x480 (3.3%), 3552x480 (0.3MP, 4 :3)), 3552x2664 (19.5 MP), 3:2)), 383x3:2)
  • Video Resolution 1920x1080 (30p/​25p/​24p), 1280x720 (60p/​50p), 640x480 (30p/​25p)
  • Media Format JPEG, CR2 RAW (14-bit), RAW+JPEG, MOV (image data: MPEG4 ACV/H.264)
  • Memory Types: SD / SSDHC /SDXC
  • Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S
  • Kit Lens Type Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent), 29-88mm
  • Actual Focal Length: 18-55mm
  • Range of Aperture f/3.5-22 (wide), f/5.6-38 (tele).
  • TTL-CTSIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor: 9 points, 1 cross-type at the center and 8 single-axis compatible with f/5.6
  • Live View Phase Detect, Contrast Detect, Face Detect modes
  • Viewfinder Type optical / LCD
  • ISO Settings Auto 100-600 in 1/3, 1EV steps. Expandable up to 12800
  • Flash Modes E–TTL II Auto and Manual flash; Red Eye Reduction; Second Curtain Synchro
  • USB 2.0 High Speed Interface Ports, Mini, Type-C, HDMI-CEC Wired Remote Jack
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery LP-E10

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