DSLR photography can be overwhelming for many users. These types of cameras include a large number of controls that for an average user are difficult to understand. However, some companies like Canon want to bring this type of photography to all types of users. For this they have in their catalog a range aimed at beginners . This is exactly where the new Canon EOS 800D is located.
A camera that, despite having a price of around 900 euros, includes more than interesting features. From an excellent 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor to an autofocus system with Dual Pixel technology. All this without forgetting the excellent system for beginners that will help us understand how to configure the camera in any situation. We have had the chance to test the Canon EOS 800D for a few days and these are our impressions .
Canon EOS 800D datasheet
|Sensor||22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS, 24.2 effective megapixels, 25.80 total megapixels|
|Image processor||DIGIC 7|
|objective||EF / EF-S, Optical Image Stabilizer on compatible lenses, Video: 5-axis image stabilization with digital IS available|
|Focus||Optical viewfinder: TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor, Live view: Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, 45 cross-type AF points|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO 100-25,600 expandable up to H: 51,200|
|Continuous shooting||6 fps in JPEG, up to 27 images in RAW|
|Viewfinder||Pentamirror with 95% coverage|
|screen||3-inch 1,040,000-pixel sRGB TFT Clear View II touchscreen, variable angle, Live View Mode|
|Video||Up to 1080p at 60 fps, maximum duration 29 min 59 sec|
|Connectivity||miniUSB, miniHDMI, external microphone, remote trigger, WiFi and NFC|
|Battery||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17, up to 600 images with viewfinder and 270 with Live View|
|Storage||SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compliant)|
|Others||Guided user interface|
|Price||920 euros (kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f / 4-5.6 IS STM lens)|
Design and handling
The EOS 800D offers a design very similar to what we already saw in other models in the same range, such as the Canon EOS 750D. That is, we still have a strong plastic chassis . The company continues to reserve the magnesium alloy for more advanced models, such as the EOS 5D Mark IV. Despite the use of plastic, the camera offers a feeling of robustness and at no time shows symptoms of not going to perfectly withstand the passage of time. The only thing we will have to be careful with is water, dust and sand, since the body is not sealed.
In the part of the grip and where we rest the thumb, it offers a rough finish. We also find it on the left side looking at the camera from behind, where we would place our hand. This allows a better grip and avoids possible slipping of the camera in our hands.
The controls part is the usual one on Canon models. At the top we have the mode dial, which integrates a small lever to turn the camera on and off. Also from this lever we can go to the video recording function. Right above we have three buttons. One is to select the focus type, the other to select the ISO and the last to turn the screen on and off. We do not forget the command dial and the shutter button.
In the back part stands out, of course, the screen, which we will talk about later. Next to it we find a cross with four buttons. With them we will control the white balance, the focus modes, the image style and the shooting mode. Under the crosshead we will have two buttons, one to see the photos on the screen and the other to delete them. And on the crosshead we will have three other buttons. One will help us to use the wireless functions of the camera, which we will explain later. The other, marked with a Q, will help us to configure the manual trigger settings through the crosshead and the screen, instead of using the previously mentioned wheel. The last one, marked with "AV", will help us to change the exposure in totally manual mode.
Canon EOS 800D design gallery
Finally comment that just above the screen we will have three more buttons. The one located further to the right will help us to close the viewfinder and go to focus through the screen. The other two are Info and Menu. As a curiosity to comment that if we press Info in shooting mode, a kind of level will appear on the screen that will indicate if the camera is straight.
Viewfinder and screen
The Canon EOS 800D incorporates a penta-mirror viewfinder with approximately 95% coverage , 0.82x magnification, and 19mm eye area. Some data quite similar to those of other cameras in the same category.
However, the camera also offers the ability to focus through the screen (Live View mode). The EOS 800D features a 3: 2 aspect ratio 3: 2 TFT Clear View II touch panel with 1,040,000 sRGB pixels. According to specifications, the viewing angle of the screen is 170 degrees.
We have not had any problem when using it even in direct sunlight. Also, the screen is variable angle . That is, we can rotate it and place it in practically any position. This will allow us, for example, to record ourselves on video while controlling the frame. Or close the screen and leave it protected if we are only going to use the optical viewfinder.
But one of the features that has surprised us the most about the Canon EOS 800D is its guided user interface . The camera will teach us how the camera settings work, as well as allowing us to take better photos. An ideal system for those who are starting with SLR photography and do not know exactly what each of the modes are used for.
Canon EOS 800D Guided Mode Images
For example, if we place the camera in "AV Mode" (we manually select the aperture), it will show us what we will achieve by enlarging and reducing this parameter. If, on the other hand, we decide to use the “Tv Mode” (we control the speed manually), the system will guide us what we will achieve by raising or lowering the speed. Even in automatic modes it will give us some very useful information . As an example, in Scenes mode, it explains what each of the settings is for.
Focus and shoot
To focus Canon has included the TTL-CT-SIR system with a CMOS sensor for the optical viewfinder and the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for Live View mode . It's fair to say that they both work great and really fast. Partly thanks to its no less than 45 cross-type focus points . Even in very low light conditions the camera has been able to focus quickly and with good results.
As for shooting, the Canon EOS 800D includes a 6fps continuous shooting system . This speed will be maintained until the card is filled if we capture in JPEG. If we opt for RAW mode, the burst will stop after 27 images.
Today the image quality of SLR cameras, like the value to soldiers, is assumed. And the truth is that the Canon EOS 800D does not lack quality. It is equipped with a CMOS APS-C 24.2 megapixel sensor . In addition, this sensor is combined with the DIGIC 7 image processor. A processor that, already in previous versions, proved to achieve high quality images. The camera reaches a maximum ISO value of 25,600, being able to force it up to 51,200.
And now that we know all the technical data of the camera, it is time to check what results the Canon EOS 800D offers:
Gallery photos taken with Canon EOS 800D
But the Canon EOS 800D doesn't just take photos. It is also capable of recording in Full HD resolution at 60fps . The camera records in MP4 format and the maximum duration is 29 minutes and 59 seconds. The maximum file size is 4 GB. If the video we record exceeds this size, the camera creates a new one automatically. For video, the maximum ISO is 12,800.
It is worth noting that the camera includes a system image stabilization 5 - axis digital IS for video . This will help us compensate for image shake if we record handheld.
Connectivity and autonomy
Despite belonging to the entry range, the Canon EOS 800D comes well served in terms of connectivity. On the left side (looking at it from behind) we find two covers with connectors. One has the miniUSB port and the miniHDMI port . The other hides the connection for the wired remote release and the external microphone. On the right side of the camera we have the slot for SD memory cards.
But perhaps the most interesting is its wireless connectivity. The EOS 800D is equipped with WiFi and NFC connection . This allows us to connect our smartphone or tablet to share images and control the camera remotely. To connect the camera to the mobile we will have to download the Canon Camara Connect application. Following the wizard we can connect the smartphone to the WiFi network created by the camera. From the application we can see the photos and shoot the camera remotely.
In terms of autonomy, the Canon EOS 800D has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery LP-E17. According to the technical data of the camera, its autonomy is 600 photographs using the optical viewfinder and 270 photographs if we use Live View (focus through the screen).
Canon has taken a somewhat risky strategy in the digital camera market. The Japanese company has decided to launch models that are adding small changes compared to their predecessors. Which does not mean that the latter are no longer on the market. A strategy that means that when we go to look for a camera of this brand we have many models to choose from.
This camera is proof of that. We could say that the Canon 800D is a small evolution of the EOS 750D and EOS 760D . This new model maintains the resolution, but integrates the new DIGIC 7 processor. It also increases the focus points considerably, going from 19 for the EOS 750D to 45. We even have improvements in software and connectivity.
Leaving aside the possible comparison with the previous model, it is fair to say that the Canon EOS 800D we liked a lot. On a professional level you may miss more manual controls, but if you are a beginner or average user you will love it . The camera offers really good image quality, as well as an almost foolproof autofocus system.
Lastly, we loved the guided interface on the EOS 800D . We find it a great idea from Canon to appeal to users who want to get started with SLR photography and have little knowledge. Also, if you don't like it or you already know what you're doing, it can be disabled.
And we talk about the price. The Canon EOS 800D is already on sale and its official price is 920 euros in a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f / 4-5.6 IS STM lens .