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Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.12.1
Review updated Dec 07, 2023 at 10:09 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 29, 2024 at 09:10 am
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D Picture
6.7
Travel Photography
6.8
Landscape Photography
6.0
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.9
Raw Photo Performance
2.6
Vlogging
3.2
Studio Video
2.5
Action Video

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is an entry-level camera with an APS-C sensor and the cheapest model in Canon's DSLR lineup. It's an upgrade from its predecessor, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D, with a higher-resolution 24-megapixel sensor, but otherwise, it doesn't offer any major improvement to the formula. That's not bad for those looking for a simple and affordable DSLR for photography, but don't expect extras like an articulated touchscreen or 4k video capability.

Our Verdict

6.7 Travel Photography

The Canon Rebel T7 is okay for travel photography. The camera captures good image quality overall, especially if you're coming from a smartphone. It's bulkier than mirrorless alternatives, and its autofocus system is very rudimentary. Its battery life isn't as good as higher-end DSLR cameras, but it's still good overall and better than a lot of mirrorless options. And despite a somewhat cheap-feeling build quality, the camera at least feels comfortable to shoot with.

Pros
  • Good image quality for its class.
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • Solid battery life for photography.
Cons
  • Cheap-feeling construction.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance.
  • Not the most portable.
6.8 Landscape Photography

The Canon Rebel T7 is adequate for landscape photography. Its image quality pales compared to full-frame or higher-end APS-C cameras, but it's still very solid for its class. Though its dynamic range is unremarkable, you can still get great landscape shots out of it, especially with good lighting conditions. The camera is also fairly comfortable to use, with simple controls tailored towards beginner photographers, though more advanced shooters may find the lack of command dials limiting. Unfortunately, it also feels quite cheaply made and isn't weather-sealed.

Pros
  • Good image quality for its class.
  • Decent ergonomics.
  • Solid battery life for photography.
Cons
  • Cheap-feeling construction.
  • Not the most portable.
  • Mediocre dynamic range.
6.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon Rebel T7 isn't well-suited for sports and wildlife photography. It has a very slow burst rate, making it much harder to capture distinct images of fast-moving subjects, and its photo buffer isn't very deep, especially when shooting in RAW format. While the camera has a face-tracking feature, it struggles to keep up with faster subjects and can't focus on the edges of the frame. Its plastic construction also doesn't feel as solid as more expensive models. On the upside, image quality is good for its class.

Pros
  • Good image quality for its class.
  • Decent ergonomics.
Cons
  • Cheap-feeling construction.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance.
  • Slow burst rate.
6.9 Raw Photo Performance

The Canon Rebel T7 has okay RAW photo performance. Its noise handling is decent in low light, but it has a limited ISO range, so you'll need to either slow down your shutter speed or use a wide-aperture lens to get great results in darker settings. Images look fairly detailed and decently sharp, thanks to the sensor's high resolution. However, the sensor's dynamic range is somewhat limited, so you'll lose some highlight or shadow detail in high-contrast scenes.

Pros
  • Fairly high resolution.
  • Decent noise handling for its class.
Cons
  • Limited ISO range.
  • Dynamic range is just okay.
2.6 Vlogging

The Canon Rebel T7 is a poor fit for vlogging, though this isn't its intended use. It's limited to 1080p recording, and its screen is fixed, so you can't see yourself when the camera's facing you. It's also bulkier than mirrorless alternatives, making it a hassle to carry around for on-the-go vlogs. Video quality isn't especially impressive either, with videos having a somewhat grainy quality, and its autofocus system doesn't offer continuous tracking while shooting video.

Pros
  • Easy to use menu system.
Cons
  • No 4k recording.
  • Poor recording quality in 1080p.
  • Fixed screen can't be seen when camera is pointed at you.
  • No continuous tracking autofocus while recording video.
3.2 Studio Video

The Canon Rebel T7 isn't meant for studio video. It can only record video in 1080p, and its overall video quality is poor. It also has a limited selection of inputs and outputs, with no microphone or headphone jack. Its autofocus system also doesn't support continuous tracking in video, making it difficult to maintain focus on moving subjects.

Pros
  • Easy to use menu system.
Cons
  • No 4k recording.
  • Poor recording quality in 1080p.
  • Limited selection of inputs and outputs.
2.5 Action Video

The Canon Rebel T7 isn't designed for action video. It's too big to be mounted on a helmet or chest rig and isn't weather-sealed. It also doesn't support 4k recording and can't record at high-speed frame rates for smooth action video or slow-motion footage.

Pros
  • Easy to use menu system.
Cons
  • Cheap-feeling construction.
  • No 4k recording.
  • No high frame rate options.
  • 6.7 Travel Photography
  • 6.8 Landscape Photography
  • 6.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.9 Raw Photo Performance
  • 2.6 Vlogging
  • 3.2 Studio Video
  • 2.5 Action Video
  1. Updated Jan 29, 2024: Added text to the 'Raw Photo Performance' verdict box.
  2. Updated Jan 29, 2024: Converted to Test Bench 0.12.1.
  3. Updated Dec 07, 2023: Touched up review text for clarity and accuracy.
  4. Updated Aug 23, 2023: Added link to the Canon EOS R100 in the '4k Video Frame Rate' section to provide an alternative that can record in 4k.
  5. Updated Apr 05, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.12.
  6. Updated Mar 13, 2023: Added text to 'Photo AF-C Tracking' and 'Photo AF-C Center Point' boxes, with minor touch-ups throughout the review for clarity.
  7. Updated Feb 27, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.11.
  8. Updated Dec 19, 2022: Added full text to review and rewrote existing text for clarity.
  9. Updated Sep 23, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  10. Updated Aug 05, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  11. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  12. Updated Jan 13, 2022: Updated 'Lens Mount' from 'EF' to 'EF/EF-S'.
  13. Updated Feb 25, 2021: Corrected input error in 'Video Feature' section; changed 'Clean HDMI Output' result from 'Yes' to 'No'.
  14. Updated Feb 25, 2021: Review published.
  15. Updated Feb 19, 2021: Early access published.
  16. Updated Feb 11, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  17. Updated Feb 10, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is only available in one color: 'Black', and you can see our unit's label here.

This camera is sold as the Rebel T7 in the North American market, the Kiss X90 in Japan, the 1500D in southeast Asia, and the EOS 2000D elsewhere. You can buy it bundled with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens. You can purchase the camera body without a bundled lens and buy other native or third-party lenses separately.

Let us know if you come across a different variant so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Cameras

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is a simple budget DSLR. It has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, basic controls, and a fixed screen. Though build quality leaves a lot to be desired, the sensor is still decent for a starter camera, and there are plenty of excellent EF and EF-S lenses to choose from if you want to step up the quality of your photos. That said, compared to modern mirrorless cameras, its autofocus system is very limited, and it can't record 4k video. Stepping up to the latest Rebel 'i' model, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i will get you a noticeably better sensor and AF system.

If you're looking for more options, you can also check out our recommendations for the best cameras for beginners, the best cheap and budget cameras, or the best DSLR cameras.

Canon EOS R100

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D and Canon EOS R100 are both beginner-oriented cameras with different designs, but ultimately, the newer R100 offers a much wider breadth of capability. The mirrorless R100 is smaller and lighter, feels better built, has a brighter and sharper display, and has a more intuitive menu system. It also has a much more effective autofocus system, plenty of automatic scene shooting modes, and can record 4k video, albeit with a severe crop and a max frame rate of 24 fps. While the Rebel T7 has Canon's EF/EF-S lens mount, which currently offers a much wider array of budget-friendly lenses, you can always use them with an R100 via an EF-EOS R lens mount adapter, although that comes at an additional cost and some added bulk.

Nikon D3500

The Nikon D3500 is better overall than the Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D. While both are entry-level cameras with some of the same limitations, the D3500 has a better sensor, resulting in slightly better overall image quality. It also has a faster max burst rate, a significantly longer battery life, and a built-in 'Guide Mode' to walk beginners through the basics of photography.

Canon EOS M50

The Canon EOS M50 is better overall than the Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D. It has some extras that you don't get with the T7, like a fully articulated touchscreen and 4k video capability. It's also more portable. That said, the M mount is a mostly defunct lens ecosystem, whereas the EF/EF-S mount has a wider range of lens options available. 

Canon EOS R50

The Canon EOS R50 is better than the Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D. It uses newer mirrorless technology, with a more advanced and effective autofocus system, a sensor that captures slightly better overall image quality, and significantly quicker burst shooting. In addition, it has much more advanced video features, including 4k recording capability. 

Canon EOS Rebel SL3

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is a bit better than the Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D. It's a newer camera with a better sensor and processor, resulting in better overall image quality. It's also a bit better built, has a fully articulated screen, longer battery life, and is capable of recording 4k video. 

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is better than the Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D, though they use different camera technologies. The M50 Mark II is a mirrorless camera, so it's a lot more portable than the T7, and its electronic viewfinder lets you see image adjustments in real-time. It also has a better sensor and processor, a better autofocus system, and additional features like 4k video capability. 

Canon EOS Rebel T8i

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is better than the Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D. Though both use 24 MP sensors, the T8i is newer, with a better processor, resulting in better overall image quality. It also has a more advanced and effective autofocus system, along with extra features like a vari-angle touchscreen and 4k video capability. 

Canon EOS Rebel T100 / EOS 4000D

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is a bit better than the Canon EOS Rebel T100 / EOS 4000D, though they're very similar overall. Both are simple, budget DSLR cameras that can be paired with Canon EF-S or EF lenses. That said, while both use APS-C sensors, the T7 has a higher resolution, creating slightly more detailed images with a bit more leeway to crop. The T7 also has a slightly larger, higher-resolution screen, and its materials feel a bit higher quality, but otherwise, the two cameras perform very similarly.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.0
Design
Portability
Height
3.9" (10.0 cm)
Width
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Depth
3.2" (8.1 cm)
Volume
62.8 in³ (1,028.7 cm³)
Weight
1.08 lbs (0.49 kg)

The Canon Rebel T7 isn't the most compact, especially compared to mirrorless alternatives like the Canon EOS M50. But it's still fairly portable overall and less bulky than full-frame DSLRs like the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Canon Rebel T7 has a plastic exterior. While it doesn't feel as premium as pricier models like the Canon EOS Rebel T8i, it's solid overall. The buttons also provide decent physical feedback, though they can be slightly sluggish to respond to inputs.

Design
Body
Body Type
DSLR
Water Resistance
No
Mirrorless
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
1
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
EF/EF-S Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS Rebel T7 body
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens
  • Lens cap
  • Rear lens cover
  • Sensor cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x LP-E10 battery
  • Battery charger
  • User manual

7.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

The camera feels decently comfortable in the hand, though the grip is a little on the smaller side for those with very large hands. The texture around the hand grip is nice and grippy, though, and the thumb rest is well-placed. The simple controls and single command dial are well-suited to novice users but make it harder to adjust settings on the fly when shooting in manual mode.

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Optical
Advertised Coverage
95%
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
0.8

The optical viewfinder (OVF) is a good size, though the rubber eyecup around it can get a little uncomfortable after a while.

3.2
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
No Articulation (Fixed Screen)
Screen Max Brightness
488 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
0.92 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
No

The Canon Rebel T7 uses a fixed screen, making it harder to take photos from waist level or shoot from unusual angles. It doesn't get overly bright, and resolution falls behind higher-end models. Unlike the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 or the Canon EOS Rebel T8i, there's no touch capability.

8.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
No
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

The user interface is quite simple and easy to use. However, it's less intuitive than the menus on newer Canons like the Canon EOS Rebel T8i. For instance, not all settings are available at all times. You need to be in video mode to adjust video settings, and certain options are only accessible either in live view mode or when shooting through the viewfinder.

not tested
Design
Built-In Lens
Maximum Aperture
No built-in lens
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Minimum Focal Length
N/A
Maximum Focal Length
N/A
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Optical Image Stabilization
No
Luminance
N/A
Light Falloff
N/A
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.1 MP
Sensor Size
APS-C
Processor
Digic 4+
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
6,400
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.1.0
3.7
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E10
USB Charging
No
Power Delivery While Recording
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
60 min

Battery life isn't bad on the Canon T7. Canon doesn't mention the expected battery life on its website, but the T7 is reported to have a 500-shot CIPA rating when shooting through the viewfinder. That drops down to 240 shots when using the monitor in Live View. It isn't nearly as good as Canon DSLRs with higher-capacity batteries, like the Canon EOS Rebel SL3. However, CIPA ratings don't necessarily translate into real-world usage. Your mileage will vary depending on your shooting habits and settings.

The camera's video battery life isn't great. You'll get roughly an hour of continuous video recording in FHD, as the camera can't record in 4k. Video isn't this camera's forte, though, so it's not unexpected.

Photo General
3.4
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
N/A
High Speed Continuous
3 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
12 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
62 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
10 s

The Canon Rebel T7 has a slow max burst rate and can only shoot at one speed, making it harder to capture sequential bursts of fast-moving subjects. It also has a very small photo buffer, especially if you're shooting in RAW format. If you max out the buffer, it also takes a little while to empty before you can start shooting again.

not tested
Photo General
Photo AF-C Tracking
Autofocus Tracking Shots N/A
Perfect Focus Hit Rate
N/A
Usable Focus Hit Rate
N/A

The Canon Rebel T7 has a pretty basic autofocus system. It includes a face detection feature that can detect and focus on faces in single shooting mode. However, it lacks the Dual Pixel Autofocus found on higher-end Canon DSLRs like the Canon EOS Rebel T7i or the Canon EOS Rebel T8i. That means there's no continuous tracking function that can actively maintain focus on moving subjects while shooting continuously.

8.8
Photo General
Photo AF-C Center Point
Autofocus Center Point Shots
Perfect Focus Hit Rate
84%
Usable Focus Hit Rate
100%

While there's no algorithm-based tracking on this camera, it still has continuous autofocus (called 'AI Servo' on Canon cameras), which does well at keeping up with any subject underneath your chosen focus point. The camera is limited to a small cluster of focus points around the center of the frame, making it harder to shoot subjects off-center. If you keep your subject framed in the center, however, the camera does an excellent job of keeping the target in focus.

8.3
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No

There's no in-body image stabilization on the T7, so you'll have to rely on optically stabilized lenses to get stable shots at slower shutter speeds. Still, the optical stabilization in Canon EF and EF-S lenses works quite well, allowing you to capture clear shots at slow shutter speeds. That said, stabilization performance can vary depending on your lens, its focal length, weight, and even the steadiness of your hands.

Photo Image Quality
6.5
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
8.3 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
7.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
6.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
5.8 f-stops

The camera's dynamic range is okay. It can't capture a wide array of detail in high-contrast scenes, so you'll likely lose shadow or highlight detail in trickier lighting conditions.

7.3
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,725 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,515 LW/PH

The camera's sensor has a fairly high resolution, capturing decently sharp images, but you lose some finer details and textures. However, this is most apparent when punching in or cropping.

7.0
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
SNR 18% At 1/8 Exposure Time (125 ms)
33.5dB
SNR 18% At 1/30 Exposure Time (33 ms)
30.4 dB
SNR 18% At 1/125 Exposure Time (8 ms)
25.5 dB
SNR 18% At 1/500 Exposure Time (2 ms)
19.9dB

Noise handling is decent, considering the camera's class, though noise quickly becomes more apparent in trickier lighting conditions. It maxes out at ISO 6400, so its low light capability is limited compared to newer cameras with higher ISO settings. That means you'll have to rely on slower shutter speeds or faster lenses with wider apertures for really low light conditions.

Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
No
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
No
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No

The camera's video features are quite limited. It can only record video in full HD, without any extra or more advanced features like Log recording or even clean HDMI output.

Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
0
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
No
24 fps In 4k
No
4k Crop At Max Available fps
N/A

This camera can't shoot 4k video. If you're looking for a similar Canon camera that can record in 4k, consider the mirrorless Canon EOS R100, but be aware that it can only record 4k with a significant crop.

0
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
0 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
0 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
No
Bit Depth In 4k
0 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
0 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
N/A
0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
N/A
Face Tracking In 4k
N/A
Face Detection In 4k
No
Eye Detection In 4k
N/A
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k N/A
Test Scene Extract In 4k N/A
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
N/A
Full HD Video
6.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
No
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x

Unfortunately, this camera doesn't include any high frame rate options for slow-motion or fast action video. It can record 1080p video at up to 30 fps, so it's suitable for everyday video capture or more cinematic 24 fps video.

6.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
47 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
44 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
12 min

Internal recording is passable. Unfortunately, its maximum recording time is capped at 12 minutes, so you can't use the camera for longer continuous takes. Bit rates are also mediocre, meaning it can't capture a wide range of information for higher-quality videos.

1.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
2.7
Face Tracking In FHD
0
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
No

The Canon Rebel T7 doesn't have an AF tracking mode in video, meaning it can't continuously track moving subjects as you record, though its face detection feature still works. That means it's best suited to talking head videos or videos where your subject stays in the same focal plane since you'll have to manually half-press the shutter to refocus whenever the subject moves. Using a more basic lens like the kit lens also results in very slow and noisy focusing, with a lot of pulsing and chasing, which isn't ideal for video recording.

4.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
4.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.2

The camera's video quality is poor overall. It especially struggles in low light, with very grainy footage and a significant loss of detail in the shadows.

6.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
5.3°

Rolling shutter effect is fairly noticeable. It isn't terrible, but you'll see skewed vertical lines when panning the camera quickly.

Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot

The camera has a single SD card slot, rated for slower UHS-I cards. It's located on the bottom of the camera next to the battery compartment, making it harder to switch out cards when using a tripod.

4.0
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Mini USB
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
No

The camera's inputs and outputs are limited. There's no mic or headphone jacks, though that isn't surprising given the camera's limited video capabilities. Otherwise, you just have a Mini USB port for charging and file transfer and an HDMI Mini port to connect to an external display. Unlike newer models, the camera doesn't support Bluetooth connectivity, though you can still wirelessly transfer photos to a phone over Wi-Fi.