Canon Rebel T7 Review: Worth it in 2021?

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Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR

If you are looking for a budget DSLR to ease yourself into serious photography, I mean where you can experiment shooting in RAW and use manual exposure modes, then the Canon Rebel T7 is a good camera to begin with.

A big factor to consider is the value of a camera. You can get the Rebel T7 body and a kit lens. So, you are ready to start clicking images straight out of the box.

But the greatest USP is that this is a Canon camera. Canon is the largest camera and lens brand in the world.

It has a large number of OEM and third-party lenses and accessories supporting its DSLR line-up.

So, after a while, as you improve as a photographer and you need additional lenses and accessories you have a large collection of items to choose from.

To round up this Canon Rebel T7 review this is a great camera if you are planning to gift it to a budding photographer in the family.

Even if you are looking to reward yourself, you will not go wrong with this purchase.

Pros and Cons Canon Rebel T7

Pros
  • 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Digic 4+ image processing engine
  • Excellent image quality
  • Full HD video recording at 30p
  • 9 point autofocusing mechanism with a central cross-type point.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • Large 3-inch rear LCD screen
  • Has a huge array of OEM and third-party lenses to choose from.
  • Pocket-friendly investment
Cons
  • Autofocusing points are limited to 9 points only.
  • Cross-type AF points are limited to only one.
  • Continuous shooting speed is limited to only three frames per second.
  • No 4K video shooting option.
  • Doesn’t have weather sealing.
  • The rear LCD screen offers no touch controls
  • The rear LCD screen resolution is only 920k dots.
  • No top LCD screen, but then this is a budget DSLR.
  • Does not have Canon’s dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing technology

Canon Rebel T7 Specs

Let’s first discuss the resolution of the camera. The Rebel T7 is designed to be an easy-to-use fast shooter you can get started with a minimum learning curve.

The large guide mode at the back of the LCD screen will help you at every step as you mature as a photographer and start to experiment with the different Priority modes.

If you are buying the Canon Rebel T7 your ultimate objective should be to finally move up to the full Manual mode.

The first thing that you will notice as you pick the camera up is that it is light. This is the sort of camera that you would ideally like to take with you every time you leave your front door behind.

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Canon Rebel T7 example image using Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens

Just chuck it into your backpack and whip it out to take photos whenever you need to.

24.1-megapixel is more than enough for the demands of the current time. We consume almost all our content online, with social media being the platform of choice for sharing and accessing photos.

If you look at the resolution of images posted on social media platforms like Instagram, they are no bigger than 1080 pixels wide.

Facebook, on the other hand, is notorious for suppressing image resolution making them appear bad. Most photographers avoid Facebook like the plague and stick to more photographer-friendly platforms like Instagram and Flickr.

Google photos have recently updated their policy and have stopped accepting full resolution images for free.

So, you will have to have a premium account to back up your photos and share them with others in full resolution.

No matter how you look at it, 24.1-megapixel is a huge excess. You will never need all that resolution. even if you do decide to print large.

Image processing is powered by a DIGIC 4+ image processor. It isn’t the fastest in the business, but it does the job and does it fairly well.

Please note that it is impractical to compare this entry-level camera with pro and semi-pro models. In the world of digital cameras, you get what you pay for, if you get a decent DSLR with a kit lens, we feel it is a bargain.

This Canon Rebel T7 review would be incomplete without a mention of the autofocusing technology. Autofocusing is powered by a 9-point system including one center cross-type AF point.

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Canon Rebel T7 example image using Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

When it comes to autofocusing points more is always better. The more the number of AF points the better is the off-center focus locking function of a camera.

You can select an AF point that is further to the side and lock focus much easier. This allows you to create those off-center compositions and experiment with negative space.

Another advantage of a higher number of AF points is the ease of subject tracking. Let’s say that you are trying to track a bird in flight.

As you pan your camera to track the subject, it might move inside the frame. When it does, the AF point that coincides with the subject will take up the job of focusing from the original AF point that had locked focus.

But with fewer AF points this feature is affected. What it means is you will have problems shooting fast action, sports photos, and wildlife.

Canon Rebel T7 Design

Caveat emptor – this is a budget DSLR.

This is an overly plastic-based design. But surprisingly, it is a well-made camera and when you pick it up it does not feel like it is a budget product.

Not that you can drive some nails into a wooden plank with this camera (you could with some top-end models, though we recommend you not to attempt such a thing).

Ergonomically, this is a nicely designed camera. It is a compact design and is best suited for people with smaller hands. For someone with big hands, the camera might feel a bit weird.

You can operate almost all the buttons and dials on the camera body using your right thumb and right index finger, even for someone with smaller hands.

The buttons and dials fall into place.

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Canon Rebel T7 example image using Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens

The thumb rest at the back of the camera is designed to offer a firm grip. The front bulge where the rest of the four fingers will wrap around is okay.

We wouldn’t say it is the best because we feel Nikon’s entry-level DSLRs offer a better (and deeper) grip.

The back of the camera is dominated by the large 3-inch screen. It doesn’t offer any touch functions. Which is a pity. The resolution is okay at 920K dots.

One of the major Canon Rebel T7 specs is the presence of built-in NFC and Wi-Fi means you can pair with your smartphone/tablet easily and backup images and videos using a Wi-Fi connection.

Canon Rebel T7 Image Quality

The images, and I mean the JPEG images straight out of the camera (SOOC), appear crisp and sharp. The colors are true.

There is also a lot of detail in the images. However, please note, detail and sharpness will depend on several other factors as well.

The aperture of the lens, how steady your hands are when you take the image, and so on.

For the best results, we recommend that you shoot in RAW mode.

RAW mode preserves all the image data allowing you to tweak them as per your preferences.

Canon Rebel T7 Image Quality
Canon Rebel T7 example image using Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II lens

Canon Rebel T7 Video Quality

The Canon Rebel T7 shoots full HD videos at 30p.

A single clip can be 30 mins in length (one second less than 30 mins to be precise). There is no electronic or otherwise image stabilization on the camera.

You will have to depend on the lens image stabilization (if any) or use a hand-held image stabilization rig to produce a steady, shake-free video.

Canon Rebel T7 Overall Performance

We are extremely happy with the overall performance of the camera.

You have to keep in mind that this is a budget camera. And being a budget camera, it does have its limitations.

For example, the 3 fps continuous shooting speed isn’t the most effective when it comes to photographing fast-moving subjects.

You may be able to get a few sharp photos after several attempts.

But you have to be careful with how you use the continuous shooting mode. The Rebel T7 doesn’t have a huge buffer.

So, if you keep pressing the shutter button the buffer is going to fill up very quickly. You have to practice making short bursts.

This will allow the buffer enough time to clear up.

Again, the fixed LCD screen at the back of the camera will be difficult to work with for serious video shooting. An articulating screen is a better choice for video work.

But it is more than enough for shooting family and travel videos.

Concluding Remarks

We hope you enjoyed this review guide on the Canon Rebel T7.

Consider everything we’ve reviewed as to whether this is the right camera for you!

Also, check out the full list of best lenses for Canon Rebel T7.

Have fun, good luck, and keep photographing!

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