Canon 800D (T7i) Real World Camera Review

I review the new Canon 800D (T7i) DSLR camera and head to the Lake District to put it through it’s paces from a landscape photography perspective.

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There are a lot of great camera and lens reviews out thereon YouTube that provide technical details, breakdowns and clinical assessments of gear. Check out Chris Winter and Christopher Frost Photography. My camera reviews aim to give a more ‘real world’ perspective of what it’s like to actually go out and use a camera or lens in the field. They will generally be in a landscape photography theme and there are not many gear reviews out there that cater for this.

The Canon 800D came out a few months ago and seems to provide an accomplished looking package for the price. I picked mine up slightly more recently and am intending to use it as my main vlogging camera to replace the older Canon 700D. The main reason I upgraded was the updated video features. For the first time Canon is offering the Dual-Pixel autofocus system on an entry level camera. This has been present on higher end cameras like the Canon 5D Mark IV and the 80D for sometime and offers smooth, fast and accurate autofocus for video that makes filming very easy. It locks onto a target, like your face, and doesn’t lose it. It will also allow you to do some beautiful cinematic focus pulls. It genuinely is a magnificent system and is a pleasure to use.

Other video features include 50/60 fps at full HD (1080P). This has been lacking for a while in the lower end cameras so it is a welcome addition to the 800D. Sadly though, it is still lacking 4K. At the current time this is not a deal breaker but as more people transition to 4K it will be something I need very soon.

On the stills side, the 800D has an APS-C 24.2 MP sensor with an ISO sensitivity of 100-25600, following the trend of ever increasing low light ability in digital cameras. It has a 45 point autofocus system that is fast and accurate and very impressive on a camera at this price point. The autofocus point selection is more limited than on the higher end cameras but will be more than adequate for the majority of users.

Alternatives come from the Nikon 5600. This is a great camera but the video features are not up to the Canon standard. The Canon 77D, which was released at the same time as the 800D, is another alternative. The 77D is just an 800D in a slightly bigger, more robust body. Not worth the extra £200. If you want something more rugged the Canon 80D is a better way to go.

The Canon EOS 800D (T7i) is a very capable shooter at a very attractive, entry level, price point. The EF-S mount allows all EF lenses to attach to the camera meaning you can easily upgrade your glass as you gain experience. It has the ability to capture beautiful landscapes, fast enough to capture some good wildlife photography and is more than adequate for capturing some beautiful family portraits. This is an accomplished all rounder and is my new recommendation to people looking to purchase their first DSLR.

4.5 out of 5.


FUEGOfire says:

What lens were u using while vlogging?

Matt Duden says:

I just bought an 800D as my first camera & i love it

scotty4418 says:

Good review Adam and looked like you gave the camera a good run out. Be interesting to get your thoughts on how it performs when you do some wildlife photography.

John Carter says:

You mentioned you had a 700D before is this 800D any better when shooting the Milky way and the like for noise leverls??

BassPlayerAvailable says:

Does the 800D show the Histogram when actually recording video (Not just in standby)?

Ed says:

I am after a 2nd camera, I just can’t decide. Part of me is waiting for a new Sony mirror-less

Keith Grafton says:

I thought the video looked better on the other camera.

Jørg Terhart says:

Good review. What do you think about fullframe vs aps-c in landscapephotography? How will full frame improve my photos? Will the full frame improve my photos at all? In my case from Nikon D7200 to Nikon D750

rohit kumar says:

can u plz suggest me a good shotgun mic to use with 80d … i usually make video of my family and whenever we go out …

Nicolai Mladenoff says:

Great review! Instead of 200D + 800D + 77D + 80D, they should have made ONE good camera with 4K video, then Canon would outsell every other contender.

William Leighton says:

Hi I have a 750d and I was wondering how the 800d compares to that, anyway good review and video as usual

Darren Blight says:

Great video Adam. Being out in the Lakes as often as you are do you worry about adders? Just noticing you taking that purple flower macro shot and you were in the ferns…. just wondering. I live right next to Dartmoor and its the one thing that put me off shooting on the moor in summer.

Kevin Clements says:

Adam thank you for this great & informative video. I see no reason, other than those obsessed with 4K, wouldn’t enjoy & find this camera very useful for a hobbyist photographer or YouTube vlogger. I think you got a real gem for your vlogs.

Sumeet Pade says:

Great review Adam! The change in weather was quite dramatic, sadly it did not last. But that’s what I like about landscape photography, when we get the right shot it is so much more satisfying.

Skype 1 says:

great review!

GapBahnDirk says:

What do you think about the 200D (SL2) Adam? It is smaller & lighter than the 800D & also has dual pixel autofocus. It should be available soon.

Jeremy Simpson says:

What mic are you using Adam?

Derek Willson says:

Hi Adam, good old UK weather eh? keeps us all on our toes. Cool shots as usual thoroghly enjoyed the review, I just upgraded from EOS 1000D to the 760D, and its a major step up really looking forward to getting out and about shooting some landscapes.I also just bought the 10-18 lens you used. See you next time, Derek.

Miguel A. Corona says:

I use Nikon but always nice to see what other gear is available. Thanks Adam.

Amy Hambrook says:

Really enjoying your videos! Making me very jealous, it’s been nearly a year since I last visited the Lakes!!

jeff stephenson says:

Great video Adam.

khalid Al Attita says:

amazing ….man

אורן תורכיה says:

love the color of that whole video. the camera look awesome. one thing i just noticed, you don’t use a strap on your cameras…
mmmm. one more thing the background sound by Dan is super!!!

HenkShows says:

Nice nice nice! Ive been waiting so long for a nice review (not that Chris Winter shit that doesnt tell you anything)

Andy Poole says:

Why not the Gh5 as your vlog/video camera? I don’t own one or do video, it just seems to be very popular

Russell Webb says:

Hi, No you said was not a bells and whistles review but Canon just do not seem to get past that 20’s Mega Pixel on consumer cameras as Nikon did. Yes I no MP’s are not the top of the list priority but now in 2017!!! Also I use a 6D and 70D, what is one of the best things about this combo? they both use the same batteries but looking at the specs for the 800D they changed the battery design again. As a stills photographer is this camera worth the upgrade from the 70D? Russ

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