With a relatively low price point (entry-level DSLRs can be noticeably cheaper than a lot of compacts and bridge cameras), these are the cameras that traditionally introduce new users to a brand, with manufacturers hoping it’ll be the one they stick with as they expand their knowledge and grow as photographers.
While the EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D outside the US) is Canon’s more premium entry-level offering, the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is aimed at the more cost-conscious user who’s prepared to sacrifice a few features for a more affordable price. But is the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D a compromise too far?
- Main features unchanged from T6 / 1300D
- New 24.1MP sensor replaces 18.1MP chip
- Still no touchscreen or 4K video
CANON EOS 2000D SPECS
Sensor: 24.1MP APS-C CMOS
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Screen: 3.0-inch, 920,000 dots
Burst shooting: 3fps
Autofocus: 9-point AF
Video: Full HD 1080p
Connectivity: Wi-Fi and NFC
Battery life: 500 shots
The only major difference between the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D and the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D is the sensor. Out goes the now very old 18MP sensor in favor of a newer 24.1MP chip, although it’s not the latest-generation chip that’s impressed in the likes of the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D, but an older variant that we saw in the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D.
While Canon is now onto the eighth incarnation of its DIGIC image processor with the arrival of the DIGIC 8 unit in the EOS M50, the Rebel T7 / 2000D sticks with the DIGIC 4+ that was in the Rebel T6 / 1300D – a processor that was already looking pretty dated when that camera was announced a couple of years ago. Native sensitivity remains the same at ISO100-6,400, expandable up to 12,800.
Other headline features remain unchanged: the modest 9-point AF system remains in the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D (with no sign of Canon’s brilliant Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for brisk Live View focusing), while the flush-sitting 3.0-inch display maintains the same 920k-dot pixel count, and foregoes touchscreen functionality.
There’s also a 95%-coverage optical viewfinder (pretty standard on entry-level DSLRs); while that might not sound like you’re missing much, it’s worth paying particular attention to the edges of the frame when reviewing images, as you may find unwanted elements creeping into you shots.
Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity are present, but there’s no Bluetooth Low Energy option, as in the likes of the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D.
With the exception of the EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon hasn’t seen fit to include 4K video capture on its recent DSLR releases, so it’s no surprise not to find 4K on the Rebel T7 / 2000D. Instead, it offers Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording, with 30, 25 and 24fps frame rates available.
Build and handling
- Plasticky feel overall
- Logical button placement
- Lacking Canon’s new graphical interface
So the changes on the inside are minimal, and there’s not much new on the outside either. In fact, scrub the badges off the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D and the older Rebel T6 / 1300D and it would be impossible to tell them apart, thanks to their identical button placement and finishes.
The textured coating on the chunky front grip and rear thumb rest feels nice to the touch, but the smooth finish on the majority of the exterior means the camera has quite a plasticky feel overall.
While Canon has introduced a clean-looking graphical interface on its EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D and EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D, it hasn’t carried this across to the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D, which seems an odd decision – being targeted at new users, the Rebel T7 / 2000D would really lend itself to this more accessible interface.
That said, Canon has given the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D something of a halfway house interface-wise, with a simple in-camera feature guide (swap between shooting modes, for example, and you’ll get a brief synopsis of what each one does), but we can’t help feeling it’s missed a trick here.
- 9-point AF system feels dated
- Coverage biased towards center of frame
- Sluggish performance in Live View
Like the processor, the 9-point AF system in the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D was looking a little dated back in 2016, so it’s disappointing to see this fairly limiting diamond arrangement retained for the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D.
With the AF points clustered in the center of the frame, be prepared to re-frame your subjects if they’re off-center. Performance-wise, with a single (and more sensitive) cross-type sensor at the center of the diamond arrangement the system will be fine for general shooting, although it may struggle as light levels drop.
As the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D doesn’t feature Canon’s brilliant Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, focusing speeds in Live View mode (using the rear screen rather than the viewfinder) are sluggish to say the least.
In a nutshell then, the autofocus system on the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D comes up short – rival mirrorless cameras offer better coverage and snappier AF, although you’ll probably have to sacrifice a viewfinder.