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Canon EOS 800D Expert Review - Performance

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Canon EOS 800D Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs (same for Live View)
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs (same for Live View)
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.15secs (0.1s for Live View)
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.0secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.2secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.3secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
5fps (~ shots)
Continuous Shooting - RAW 5fps (27 shots)


We tested this with the 18-55mm IS STM lens. Focus is extremely quick, as is shutter response, and this is equally as quick even when using live-view. Switch on time is good, as is shot to shot time. Continuous shooting is good, at 5fps, and with a fast memory card the camera continued shooting without slowing down when shooting JPEG images, letting you shoot an unilimited amount (until the card is full). 

 

Canon EOS 800D (Rebel T7i) Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Exposure is reliable, and the camera copes well with a variety of scenes. Using the "Auto Lighting Optimizer" (ALO) option you can extend the dynamic range recorded in shots, without necessarily having to resort to using raw images, or the HDR shooting options. Skin tones are good, and the camera gives pleasing JPEG results straight from the camera.

 

Canon EOS 800D (Rebel T7i) Lens test images

Lens Performance - The camera has built-in lens correction, including peripheral illumination correction, to correct for vignetting, chromatic aberration correction, distortion correction, plus diffraction correction. This means it can correct for any issues that your lens may have, as long as the camera has the lens data loaded in to it. The 18-55 IS STM lens performs well for a kit lens, giving sharp images, particularly in the centre. The lens is also resistant to lens flare, and image stabilisation helps keep images stable in low light.

 

Canon EOS 800D (Rebel T7i) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - The level of detail captured is very good, particularly at the lower ISO speeds from ISO100 to ISO1600. It's not until you get to ISO3200 till you start to notice noise in images, and at this setting results are very good. ISO6400 produces images that should still be usable, depending on your needs. ISO12800 may provide usable images, however we'd recommend resizing images, or further processing (such as processing the raw file, or converting to black and white). ISO25600 and above are best avoided entirely. 

 

Canon EOS 800D (Rebel T7i) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives slightly warm results under tungsten lighting, and by using the white priority setting, the AWB can give much more accurate results, which are great for product shots. Using the tungsten preset gives warm results. The camera performs well under mixed lighting. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and the preset gives a slight colour cast. Thanks to the "White priority" AWB setting, and the good AWB performance, you shouldn't need to use any of the presets.

 

Canon EOS 800D (Rebel T7i) Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of effects available, and we've shown examples above. The HDR modes are a little dramatic, and un-natural looking. There is no panoramic mode. 

 

Video - The camera can record FullHD video at 60, 50, 30, 25 or 24fps, with stereo sound. There's also a microphone socket if you want to use an external microphone. You can use the movie mode in auto or manual modes, and there's a time-lapse movie mode as well. Video quality is quite good, although using the electronic image stabilisation results in the frame being cropped, which reduces image quality. Video footage will benefit from the use of a lens with optical image stabilisation for the best quality, or the use of a tripod.  

 



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Comments


russellsnr 14 221 England
15 Feb 2017 10:21AM
Hi, Canon user for many years.
Why do Canon persist with the APS-C sensors? surley a FF sensor is now the way to go, I just wonder what people would say if offered a new APS-C sensor or an older sensor in the new body that offers the advantage of FF.
Yes I no APS-C sensors are cheaper to make but anyone no the difference in cost between the APS-C and the FF sensor in manufacture?
Russ

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themak 5 1.0k Scotland
15 Feb 2017 11:23AM

Quote:Why do Canon persist with the APS-C sensors? surley a FF sensor is now the way to go,

Strange question. They make a range of FF and APSC cameras. Who benefits if they stop APSC?
redhed17 13 862 England
15 Feb 2017 2:05PM

Quote:Hi, Canon user for many years.
Why do Canon persist with the APS-C sensors? surley a FF sensor is now the way to go, I just wonder what people would say if offered a new APS-C sensor or an older sensor in the new body that offers the advantage of FF.
Yes I no APS-C sensors are cheaper to make but anyone no the difference in cost between the APS-C and the FF sensor in manufacture?
Russ



You do know that every manufacturer sells way more crop sensor DSLRs than FF cameras don't you. Just because you seem not to need/want the benefits of a crop sensor camera doesn't mean that FF is for everyone. And the sales numbers seem to back this up. "Surley" a good job there is choice eh! Wink
alan53 11 United Kingdom
16 May 2017 10:46AM
“Why do Canon persist with the APS-C sensors?” You might as well ask why do Canon use FFsensors? There’s a market for both. Personally I find 24MP APS-C gives me what I need. So why would I want bigger, heavier, and more expensive? Go one model up from entry level and you’ll get most of the extras too.

Consumers want choices. Interestingly, Fujifilm chose to skip the FF market, and jump from APS-C to Medium Format for those that want better quality. All formats are compromises. There’s no perfect choice.
Canonshots 8 196 13 United Kingdom
17 May 2017 1:43PM

Quote:Hi, Canon user for many years.
Why do Canon persist with the APS-C sensors? surely a FF sensor is now the way to go, I just wonder what people would say if offered a new APS-C sensor or an older sensor in the new body that offers the advantage of FF.
Yes I no APS-C sensors are cheaper to make but anyone no the difference in cost between the APS-C and the FF sensor in manufacture?
Russ



Personally I am not interested in FF. If I were to buy an FF camera I would need a complete new collection of lenses, which would put even a low-priced DSLR way beyond my budget. Canon are obviously aware of the need to cater properly for their existing customer base.
17 May 2017 10:51PM
For those who do not have a seriously RAM loaded computer, working with Full Frame image files would be nearly impossible. The file sizes on my full frame camera are in RAW over 90 megapixels!
It makes neither sense nor is it practical to eliminate a perfectly viable smaller sensor which is overkill for the caste numbers of photo users who are just as likely to use their smart phone to take pictures otherwise. I have both formats, full and APSc and use them both. They each have advantages. When I first obtained an APSc I thought it was a dead end and eventually all digital cameras would head to a full frame when prices dropped which they never did. The APSc became the popular standard for SLRs and the full frame strictly for professional use. It makes sense. Surely 24 megapixels is more than sufficient for general use and makes for decent print sizes for nearly all uses. They get better and better. The format war so to speak is done and APSc is the winner and now with Canon finally adding electronic Image stabilization they have all the advantages of the tiny compromised sub APS c formats as well. Mirrorless might be the next step of course for those that choose that but in principle the sensor issue is the big one and not mirror vs no mirror. There are millions of lenses out there and people are not about to toss them for yet a new format. I suggest more to the point is a set of FAST Focussing lens adapters for mirrorless cameras. That would be excellent for all that glass out there.
ThomasT 6 2 United Kingdom
18 May 2017 2:49AM
According to pro Ken R, these smaller sensors today are so good that unless you're a pro blowing up to mural size.. you won't see the diff. In any case, having finally just gone from Fuji Velvia/Leica to digital.. it made much sense to get the smaller sensor camera. For the same price as just the body of the Canon 800D, I picked up a mint camera and with it.... a fixed 24.f2/8-1600 f4 Leica optic!! It's the Lumix FZ1000. Results are stunning, close to velvia 50, with setting at Vivid X5 and an 81B filter..

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