Canon EOS 700D

Canon pulls out a few incremental updates for its flagship entry-level SLR, now called the 700D.

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First impressions

On first inspection, the 700D looks very similar to its predecessor, the 650D. The sensor is an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS model that also featured on the 650D, and the Digic 5 processor is identical to before, which means that this camera and its predecessor should deliver the same photo quality. It also sports a 3-inch, variable-angle touchscreen and a 9-point AF system, all cross-type. So far, it sounds much the same as the 650D.

The native ISO range is from 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600), while the hybrid CMOS AF system is designed for photographers who shoot primarily in Live View or who take a lot of video. Like the 650D, the phase detection system quickly acquires a focus point, switching into contrast detection to achieve precise focus.

Why update or upgrade then? In the case of the 700D, there are a few incremental updates and new features to tempt buyers. Continuous shooting gets a boost to 5 frames per second, while photographers can now preview a range of creative filters in real-time using Live View. The mode dial has been upgraded and feels like it belongs on a more expensive camera, with embossed rather than printed options, and has the ability to rotate 360-degrees.

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Click through for hands-on photos with the 100D and 700D. (Credit: CBSi)

Photographers can now quickly access the handheld night scene, HDR back light control and night portrait modes from the scene option on the mode dial, rather than having to dig through the menus to find them.

The 650D was a capable performer when it came to continuous autofocus during video mode, in part due to the STM lenses. These stepper motor lenses were quieter and more effective at seeking focus in Live View mode. To complement the 700D and the smaller 100D, Canon has updated the kit 18-55mm lens to an STM model. For video shooters, there is also a built-in stereo microphone with a 64-step level adjustment, wind filter and attenuator.

In terms of look and feel, the 700D also gets a new, slightly rougher external plastic to set itself apart from the rest of the entry-level EOS range.

The 700D will be available from April as a body only, with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens, 18-55 and 55-250mm lens, or 18-135mm STM lens. Canon Australia does not issue local RRPs anymore.

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