On the 9th of December last year, I was lucky enough to become the owner of a new Canon 700D. I could barely wait to get it home, bearing in mind that this was my very first NEW camera. I’d had a few older cameras over the years, but this one…this one was new.
And it was MINE.
Upon opening the box, I was immediately impressed by the care that Canon had taken in packaging this camera. The box had very little spare space, no doubt in an effort to stop the contents of the box from rattling around and getting damaged. The DLSR body itself was lovingly wrapped in a soft fabric bag, and then wrapped again in thick bubblewrap for protection. The lens packaging was a similar fare, except instead of the fabric bag, it was wrapped snugly in 2 layers of bubblewrap, and then a sealed plastic bag.
All the paperwork, User Manual, utility CD and warranty information was all sealed in a plastic bag with a cardboard insert to prevent the CD from being bent or broken in transit.
I was already in love.
The contents of the box consisted of:
- Canon EOS 700D Camera Body
- EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens with front and rear caps
- Neck strap
- LP-E8 Battery with protective holder
- LC-E8E Battery Charger
- EOS Utilies CD & Paperwork/User Manual etc
Now, for a bit of the interesting stuff; SPECS.
The EOS 700D is an 18-megapixel DSLR with an APS-C sized CMOS crop sensor. 9 AF points make gaining focus a snap, and with the 1,040k DOT screen, any pictures you take are accurately presented back to you for review, in stunning colour and contrast. The screen tilts and swivels to give a huge range of visibility in Live View mode, which is a massive help for those of us who make Vlogs for Youtube.
The 9 AF points are all cross-type, meaning that focus comes easily and quickly. The AF system also utilises ‘Phase Detection’, now, I have zero idea what that means, but I’m sure that a quick Google would yield results 🙂
Using Canon’s EF mounting system, the 700D can take full advantage of all 220+ lenses that Canon have to offer. From the basic 18-55mm kit lens, all the way up to the high-end Red-Ringed ‘L’ Lenses.
The 700D does 1080p HD video as well, albeit at a maximum speed of 30fps. Now, this isn’t a dealbreaker, but other people may find it isn’t smooth enough for what they want.
I could gush on about this camera until the end of time, but there are some pretty harsh downsides to it, but bearing in mind that it was released in March 2013 and is no longer a ‘New’ camera, they can be forgiven. Bad points:
- Only 18-megapixels
- Fairly small native RAW resolution of 5184 × 3456
- Small 0.53x viewfinder size
- 30FPS maximum video speed
- No GPS
- No WIFI
- Only 9 AF points (all cross-type though, so this is easily forgiven)
- Maximum shutter speed of 1/4000s (although why you’d need anything faster is beyond me to be honest)
- Only 1 SD card slot.
All in all, I’m very happy with the 700D. Sure, it isn’t a professional camera by any means, and people more experienced with Photography would very quickly outgrow its capabilities. Still, if I was given the choice between the Canon and a Nikon of similar spec, I’d still choose the Canon.