Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review: verdict
Canon is hardly rocking the DSLR boat with the EOS Rebel T7i / 800D – although with the T6i / 750D proving such as success it would have been daft to start from scratch.
That said, there have been a number of welcome improvements. The new sensor impresses, with great performance at high ISOs, and delivers detail-rich images (though to get the best from the camera you'll want some decent glass).
The autofocus too is a decent improvement over the T6i / 750D, with a solid 45-point AF system that's backed up by excellent live view AF.
The newly designed graphical interface will certainly make the camera even more appealing to new users – combined with the logical control layout and polished touchscreen it makes for a hassle-free shooting experience.
It's disappointing not to see 4K video capture here though, especially as mirrorless rivals are now offering it, while perhaps the biggest disappointment is the camera's finish. While it's similar to previous models, the onslaught of mirrorless models that feel that much nicer in the hand, and the relatively high price, exacerbate this shortcoming.
If you can get over these issues though, and if you're looking for a well-rounded and easy to use camera with which to take your first steps in the world of DSLR photography, the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D is certainly worth a look.
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review: competition
The closest rival to the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D is the Nikon D5600, and there's not much to choose between them – the finish is quite a bit nicer on the D5600, while the autofocus performance on the T7i / 800D is better, especially if you're going to be using Live View regularly. Which one you pick will come down to personal preference, and the larger appeal of the rival systems as a whole.
Read our in-depth Nikon D5600 review
Fujifilm's X-T20 is more than a match for the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D. While the touchscreen interface isn't quite as polished, the handling and finish are excellent. The 24MP sensor delivers the goods, and the autofocus performance won't disappoint. It's available with a 16-50mm lens, but it's worth paying the extra for the 18-55mm optic if you can stretch to it.
Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85
Panasonic's Lumix G85 (G80 if you're outside the US) is a cracking mid-price mirrorless camera with a vast range of compatible lenses. Its 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor might not be quite a match for the T7i / 800D's, but it's not far off thanks to the absence of an optical low-pass filter. Handling and AF are great, there's a touchscreen and the build is that bit nicer thanks to a aluminium front plate. Throw in advanced 4K video capture, and you have a very nice camera.