Thank-you for looking up our Canon Eos 700D Review. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the March / April 2013 issue.
You can download it here: Canon Eos 700D Review.pdf
In the D-SLR world, the EOS 700D is the closest thing there is to royalty. It can trace its lineage all the way back to the EOS 300D, the first D-SLR specifically designed for consumer-level shooters and the camera that finally kick-started the category. It was also the first D-SLR smaller than a house brick and the first that didn’t require taking out a second mortgage to make the purchase. The EOS 700D is an ninth-generation descendent, following the 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D and 650D so this lineage also represents the longest in D-SLR history so far.
An awful lot of photographers have cut their D-SLR teeth on these cameras. Of course, there’s now a bit more competition around, including from within Canon’s own ranks now that we have many more levels of models, under the banners of ‘entry’, ‘enthusiast’ and ‘professional’. In fact, the 700D was launched with a potential competitor in the scaled-down shape of the EOS 100D with which it shares quite a few features, including the sensor. However, remarkable though the 100D’s smallness is, Canon has made sure the 700D has its own attractions and, in truth, the target markets are a little different. After all, size isn’t everything, is it? So, if you aren’t afraid of a standard size D-SLR then the EOS 700D continues its predecessors’ policy of providing a lot of bang for your buck.
For the record, Canon classifies it as an “entry level plus” model which essentially means it can work in the hands of everybody from new converts to the D-SLR to the more experienced user branching out into new areas of photography. Interestingly, it’s the 650D that’s been retired while the 600D continues on, repriced to make it a competitive alternative if you don’t feel the need to have the latest model. The 700D’s bodyshell still comprises GRP covers, but it now has what Canon calls a “premium finish” which basically seems to mean panels with a textured finish to look like the leatherette inserts of old. The chassis beneath is stainless steel.