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Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.10
Updated Dec 19, 2022 at 10:42 am
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D Picture
6.5
Travel Photography
6.6
Landscape Photography
5.9
Sport & Wildlife Photography
2.6
Vlogging
3.2
Studio Video
2.5
Action Video

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. 

Our Verdict

6.5 Travel Photography

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 isn't especially quick or reliable. 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.

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.
6.6 Landscape Photography

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.

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.
5.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography

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.

Pros
  • Good image quality for its class.
  • Decent ergonomics.
Cons
  • Cheap-feeling construction.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance.
  • Slow burst rate.
2.6 Vlogging

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.

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 feature while recording video.
3.2 Studio 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.

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.
  • 6.5 Travel Photography
  • 6.6 Landscape Photography
  • 5.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 2.6 Vlogging
  • 3.2 Studio Video
  • 2.5 Action Video
  1. Updated Dec 19, 2022: Added full text to review and rewrote existing text for clarity.
  2. Updated Sep 23, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  3. Updated Aug 05, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  4. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  5. Updated Jan 13, 2022: Updated 'Lens Mount' from 'EF' to 'EF/EF-S'.
  6. Updated Feb 25, 2021: Corrected input error in 'Video Feature' section; changed 'Clean HDMI Output' result from 'Yes' to 'No'.
  7. Updated Feb 25, 2021: Review published.
  8. Updated Feb 19, 2021: Early access published.

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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 also 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.

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 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 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 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'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.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.1
Design
Portability
Height
3.9" (10.0 cm)
Width
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Depth
3.2" (8.1 cm)
Volume
62.8 inยณ (1,028.7 cmยณ)
Weight
1.08 lbs (0.49 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.52 lbs (0.69 kg)

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.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

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
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 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 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/mยฒ
Advertised Resolution
0.92 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
No

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.

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 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.

6.4
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/5.6
Tested Lens
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
55 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
89 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
78.9%
Light Falloff
40.7%
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
Use When Charging
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 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.

Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
CR2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
No
HDR
No
Time Lapse
No
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 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.

6.4
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
85%
Face Tracking Success Rate
39%
Face Detection Distance
40" (101 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Advertised Coverage
80%
Advertised Focus Points
9

The Canon T7 has a pretty basic autofocus system. It's limited to a small cluster of focus points around the center of the frame, making it harder to shoot subjects off-center. It has a face-tracking feature but doesn't support more precise eye detection. Ultimately, it's fine for slower subjects but struggles to keep up with faster or more erratic subjects.

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, though your mileage will vary greatly depending on the focal length, weight of the lens, 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

Dynamic range is okay. It can't bring out a very wide array of detail in high-contrast scenes, even at its base ISO.

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

Resolution is decent on the Canon Rebel T7, but you lose some finer details and textures. However, this is most apparent when punching in or cropping.

8.1
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
39.29 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.79 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
32.68 dB

JPEG processing is great overall. Noise is still apparent as you raise the ISO, but it does a good job of reducing it to some degree for low light situations.

6.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
39.57 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
37.61 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
35.24 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
32.87 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
29.99 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
26.98 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
23.68 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A

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.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
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
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
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, the Canon Rebel T7 doesn't include any high frame rate options for slow-motion or fast action 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, 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.

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 T7 doesn't have an AI Servo 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

Video quality is poor overall. The camera especially struggles in low light, with heavily grainy footage and loss of detail in the shadows.

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

Rolling shutter is okay. It isn't terrible, but skewing is still pretty noticeable when moving the camera quickly.

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

There's just a single SD card slot, and it's located on the bottom of the camera, making it harder to switch out cards when the camera's on 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

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.

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