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Canon EOS 700D Hands-On Preview

We have a look at the new Canon EOS 700D as well as the new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit zoom lens.

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Canon EOS 700D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 700d (6)

The new Canon EOS 700D is this years update to the Canon EOS 650D, which is to be discontinued by Canon. The 700D will sit above the 600D, which will remain on sale and was last years best selling Digital SLR. The 700D introduces a new level of finish, with improved textures and feel, giving the camera a much more premium design and handling, which Canon say should further enhance the durability of the camera.

Key Features

  • 18 megapixel Hybrid AF APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • 9 point all cross-type AF
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 14bit RAW shooting
  • ISO100 - 12800 expands to 25600
  • 3.0inch capacitive touch-screen, 1040k dots
  • 360 degree mode dial
  • Preview creative filters before shooting
  • Full HD video, Mic socket
Canon EOS 700D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 700d (13)

Introduced with the new Canon EOS 100D and 700D is a new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens with internal focusing, 25cm close focusing, 4-stop image stabilisation, and manual focus ring. The lens is said to have improved optics over the previous kit lens as shown below:

Canon EOS 700D Hands-On Preview: Canon Efx 18 55mm Is Stm (2)

Priced at £619 RRP body only, the new 700D is introduced with a much lower RRP than the 650D, which was originally announced less than a year ago, with an RRP of £699. While the specifications of the 700D is virtually identical to the 650D it replaces, the new design and handling is a welcome update, and it's perhaps the combination of the new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit zoom lens that will be the most apealling aspect of this camera, as this should provide improved image quality. It will be available with the Canon EOS 700D as a kit for an RRP of £749.

Canon EOS 700D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 700d (21)

Additional upgrades to the 700D over the 650D, is improved live view with a 60fps refresh speed compared to 30fps on the 650D, as well as additional view options for grid display and aspect ratio.

Read our Canon EOS 100D vs 700D Comparison.
Read our Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview.

Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) Specifications

Effective Magnification1.6x
Image Sensor
Pixels18Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5184
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)22.3mm
Sensor Size (height)14.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,040,000
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Touch AF
  • AF Tracking
  • Face Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30/25/24
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8
Battery Life (CIPA rating)440shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEyecup Ef, Camera Cover R-F-3, Wide Strap EW-100DBIV, Battery Charger LC-E8E, AC Cable (with E-type plug) 1m, Battery Pack LP-E8, Battery Cover, Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST, Interface Cable IFC-130U

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Niknut Plus
13 3.6k 82 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 5:53PM
Now that's more like it !!......18 Mp, for me is more than enough, & this slight upgrade from
the 650D looks perfect.....particularly size-wise, with a sensible weight to carry around all day !

The only thing that bothers me is the rear 'touch-screen' ??(as with the 650D)....what happens
when the camera is lifted to the eye to compose & take a shot ?? nose or cheek contact
the rear screen when taking a shot, so does this contact change anything on the screen ????

I don't like the idea of the settings being changed 'mid-shot' !!......any thoughts ??
alistairfarrugia 10 164 88 Malta
22 Mar 2013 4:48PM
The screen would probably have a light sensor that would automatically switch it off if it detects your face against it. Smartphones have such sensors to switch off the screen when you place it against your ears. The 550D had such a sensor to.
Snapster 11 142 England
23 Mar 2013 12:18PM
Will the touch screen not switch off when you switch to the view finder?
Niknut Plus
13 3.6k 82 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 3:29PM
Perhaps you're right !!.....looking at the rear views there's a small rectangle above the viewfinder
which could very well be a proximity sensor to switch off the screen, with the camera to the eye !!

If that is confirmed, this would be a perfect camera for my type of photography............yummy !!!!
redsnappa 20 2.8k United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 2:50PM
Is there any difference between this and the 650D or is it just a rename as other websites are suggesting?
24 Mar 2013 5:55PM
I wonder what's happened to Canon's sensibility? To a Photographer, its the camera's image quality first and features next that matters. Ofcourse some additional features makes a Photographer feel good, but it does not mean that's all that's required.
700D has the same sensor, same kind of metering, same processor, same burst and God why is canon so adamant on the same number of 9 point all cross AF? Is this some Lucky number? This is simply unacceptable, please define another term instead of calling it an upgrade.
For a moment even if I convince myself this is not an upgrade, this Camera is still not required when the 650D can do it all.

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