The Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is an entry-level DSLR camera with an APS-C sensor. It's a step up from its predecessor, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D, with a higher-resolution 24-megapixel sensor, but otherwise doesn't offer any improvements on the formula. That's not a bad thing for those looking for a simple and affordable DSLR for photography, but don't expect extras like an articulated touchscreen or 4k video capability.
The Canon Rebel T7 is okay for travel photography. Image quality is solid, especially if you're upgrading from your smartphone. That said, it's bulkier than mirrorless alternatives, and its autofocus system is rudimentary compared to newer models. 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 while the camera feels somewhat cheap, it feels fairly comfortable in the hand.
The Canon Rebel T7 is adequate for landscape photography. Image quality pales in comparison 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 itself is also fairly comfortable to use, with simple controls that are tailored towards beginner photographers, though more advanced shooters may find the lack of command dials limiting. It also feels quite cheaply made and isn't weather-sealed.
The Canon Rebel T7 isn't well-suited for sports and wildlife photography. It has a relatively slow burst rate, making it much harder to capture distinct images of fast-moving subjects. And while it has a face tracking feature, it struggles to keep up with faster subjects and can't focus to the edges of the frame. Its plastic construction also doesn't feel quite as solid as more expensive models. On the upside, image quality isn't bad for the price.
The Canon Rebel T7 is a poor fit for vlogging. It's limited to 1080p, and its screen is fixed, so you can't see yourself when the camera's facing you. It's also bulkier than mirrorless alternatives, which can make it a bit of 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.
The Canon Rebel T7 isn't meant for studio video. It can only record 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.
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.
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 also purchase the camera body without a bundled lens, and buy other native or third-party lenses separately.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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's has a higher resolution, making for 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.
The Canon Rebel T7 isn't the most portable, especially compared to mirrorless alternatives like the Canon EOS M50. But it's still decently sized and less bulky than full-frame DSLRs like the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
The 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 also be a bit sluggish to respond to inputs.
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 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.
The screen is fixed, 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, either.
The user interface is quite simple and easy to use. However, it's a bit 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.
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 600-shot CIPA rating. It isn't nearly as good as Canon DSLRs with better batteries, like the Canon EOS Rebel SL3.
Video battery isn't great, on the other hand. You'll get roughly an hour of continuous video recording. However, video isn't this camera's forte, so it's not unexpected.
The Canon T7 has a slow max burst rate and it can only shoot at one speed, making it harder to capture sequential bursts of fast-moving subjects. It has a very small photo buffer, as well, especially if you're shooting in RAW format. If you do max out the buffer, it also takes a little while to empty out before you can start shooting again.
The Canon 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 track moving faces while shooting continuously.
While there's no algorithm-based tracking on the T7, it does still have 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.
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, though your mileage will vary greatly depending on the focal length, weight of the lens, and even the steadiness of your hands.
Dynamic range is okay. It can't bring out a very wide array of detail in high-contrast scenes, even at its base ISO.
Noise handling is mediocre. Noise quickly becomes more apparent in trickier lighting conditions when forced to use higher ISO settings. The camera also maxes out at 6400 ISO, so its low light capability is quite 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.
Unfortunately, this camera doesn't include any high frame rate options for slow-motion or fast action video.
Internal recording is passable. Unfortunately, it's capped to a 12-minute maximum recording time, so you can't use it for longer continuous takes. Bit rates are also mediocre, meaning it can't capture a wide range of information for higher-quality videos.
The Canon 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.
Rolling shutter is okay. It isn't terrible, but skewing is still pretty noticeable when moving the camera quickly.
Inputs and outputs are limited. There's no mic or headphone jacks, though that isn't very 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.