By giving the 2000D / T7 a 24Mp sensor Canon has made it more enticing than the 1300D /T6 it replaces. However, the lack of touch control and a sluggish AF system in Live View and video mode are disappointing.
That said, with the exception of slightly limited dynamic range, the image quality is good. There’s plenty of detail on show and exposure and colour are usually handled well.
- Simple controls
- Good detail levels
- Extensive lens range
- No touch-control
- Dated Live View and video AF system
- Dynamic range a little limited
What is the Canon EOS 2000D / EOS Rebel T7?
Known as the Canon EOS Rebel T7 in the US, the EOS 2000D is the replacement for the Canon 1300D (aka EOS Rebel T6). Launched in March 2016, the 1300D was Canon’s most entry-level DSLR. The 2000D / Rebel T7 is very similar but it has a 24-million-pixel sensor rather than an 18Mp chip.
Because Canon has introduced the lower-level Canon EOS 4000D / EOS Rebel T100 the 2000D / T7 isn’t at the very bottom of Canon SLR line-up.
Like the 1300D, the 2000D is designed to suit novice photographers. Canon is aiming it at people moving up from a smartphone or compact camera to their first interchangeable lens model. And as the 1300D was very successful at that, Canon hasn’t changed a great deal for the 2000D. The most notable difference is the upgrade to the sensor.
This sensor is paired with a DIGIC 4+ processing engine (the same as is in the 1300D). This enables a sensitivity range of ISO 100-6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800) and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 3fps for 150 jpegs or 11 raw files. It’s also possible to shoot Full-HD (1920 x 1080) movies at 30, 25 or 24fps (frames per second) for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds.
While advanced exposure modes such as aperture priority, shutter priority and manual are available, Canon’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode and a collection of scene modes are on hand to help inexperienced photographers get good results easily.
There’s also a built-in features guide to help new photographers get to grips with their camera, but the Guided Mode seen on the Canon M50 and 800D/T7i that simplifies controlling the camera is not available.
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As it’s an SLR, the 2000D has a phase detection autofocus (AF) system with a dedicated autofocus sensor. This has 9 AF points clustered around the centre of the image frame.
While it is possible to use this phase detection system when images are composed on the screen, it’s a clunky process as the live view feed has to be interrupted while the mirror moves over the imaging sensor. Consequently, the 2000D is more likely to be used with its contrast detection autofocus system. This draws information from the imaging sensor and allows a continuous live view. This is the only method of autofocusing available in video mode.
Canon has given the 2000D a NFC (Near Field Communication) chip and this can be used to ease connecting the in-built Wi-Fi system to an Android smartphone. Those using an iOS device can connect to the camera using a password.
Canon states that in CIPA testing the EOS 2000D’s battery enables 500 images or 1.5 hours of HD video to be recorded with a single charge. That compares reasonably well with a mirrorless camera, but it’s not especially good for an SLR.
|Camera Name||Canon EOS 2000D / EOS Rebel T7|
|Date announced:||26th February 2018|
|Price at launch:||£369.99/€429.99 body only, £469.99/€549.99 with EF-S 18-55mm lens|
|Sensor size:||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)|
|Effective pixel count:||24.1 million|
|Sensitivity range:||ISO 100-6400 expandable to ISO 12,800|
|Reflex AF system:||9-point with 1 cross-type|
|Live View AF system:||Contrast detection|
|Max shooting rate:||3fps|
|Max video resolution:||Full HD (1920 x 1080)|
|Viewfinder:||Optical with pentamirror 95% coverage|
|Screen:||3-inch TFT with 920,000 dots|
|Dimensions:||129.0 x 101.3 x 77.6mm|
|Weight:||485g (body only – CIPA testing standard inc battery and memory card)|