What is the Canon EOS 800D?
Canon’s triple-digit EOS range has long been a popular option for those seeking either an upper entry-level or step-up DSLR. In recent years, Canon has muddied the waters somewhat by offering not just one triple-digit EOS model at a time but two. In 2015, this approach resulted in the launch of both the Canon 750D and the more advanced Canon 760D.
Fast forward to 2017 and Canon has introduced two new models to succeed the 750D and 760D: the 800D and the 77D. The 800D serves as the successor to the 750D, while the 77D is intended as more of a 760D replacement that is positioned under the enthusiast-grade 80D.
Also referred to as the Rebel T7i for the US market, the 800D shares the same key specs as the 77D, although in keeping with the 750D/760D differences outlined above, gets a simplified control scheme in order to enhance its appeal with first-time and novice DSLR users.
Canon EOS 800D – Features
The 800D is built around a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – as used inside the more advanced 80D (£840 body-only). While the 750D/760D also sported 24.2-megapixel sensors, neither encompasses Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, so while effective resolution remains identical to the 800D’s sensor, it represents a fairly big step forward.
Likewise, the 800D also employs Canon’s latest generation DIGIC 7 image processor, as opposed to the DIGIC 6 chip found inside the 750D/760D. Canon claims that the DIGIC 7 is able to process data 14x faster than its predecessor, which not only enables the 800D to provide a higher maximum burst speed of 6fps (compared to 5fps on the 750D/760D), but also to fire off a higher number of consecutive images when burst shooting.
There are approximately 250 distinct Abbe classifications, and it’s not uncommon to find more than 1 type of Abbe glass in a single lens design.In the procedure for designing the first-generation L-series lenses–Canon’s premium line of camera lenses–Canon’s engineers needed to go beyond the practical limitations of the best optical glass. After extensive testing in the lab and in the field, Canon began to incorporate elements made of Fluorite, a rare-earth material.A notable grade of Fluorite glass is its ability to converge red, green, and blue light to points much narrower than conventional optical glass can, which greatly eliminates color fringing (chromatic aberration). Due to its inherently large level of optical clarity, Fluorite also generates higher measures of picture delineation compared to conventional optical glass formulas.The downsides of Fluorite glass comprise its rarity and the difficulty and expense of processing it and grinding it into high optical criteria. To be able to cut down the cost factor, Canon’s optical engineers developed cost-effective synthetic Fluorite crystals that could maintain equivalent steps of chromatic aberration management and faithful color traits, traits that made natural Fluorite desired from the first place.Fluorite components led to the development of UD (Ultra Low Dispersion), glass, that exhibits reduced refractive and dispersion indicators and improved contrast and resolving power, followed by Super-UD glass, which is a further advancement in UD glass technologies.
In addition, the new sensor and processor pairing also allows the 800D to offer a higher maximum native sensitivity setting of ISO 25,600, along with the equivalent of ISO 51,200 in expanded mode. By way of comparison, the 750D/760D both offer a maximum native sensitivity setting of ISO 12,800, with the equivalent of ISO 25,600 available in expanded mode.
Perhaps the most notable enhancement the 800D enjoys over its predecessors is the addition of Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology. Introduced with the EOS 70D in 2013, Dual Pixel AF is the name given to Canon’s proprietary on-sensor phase-detection technology.
In practical terms the main benefit of Dual Pixel AF is that it greatly speeds up focus acquisition times when the camera is being operated in Live View. The way it works is that each pixel on the sensor’s surface is split into two individual photodiodes – one left and one right. Each of these can be read separately, thereby allowing them to be used for phase-detection AF purposes.
Prior to the introduction of Dual Pixel AF, Canon DSLRs relied on contrast-detect technology and were renowned for providing fairly sluggish AF performance.
The move to Dual Pixel AF therefore represents a big step up in terms of performance. Indeed, Canon claims that its latest iteration of Dual Pixel AF is the fastest on-sensor phase-detection technology currently available to DSLR users. Until now, the technology has been confined to models higher up in Canon’s DSLR range – the 80D and 7D Mark II (£1250 body only), for example. This is the first time the technology has trickled down to Canon’s mid-range models.
In addition, the 800D’s viewfinder-based phase-detection AF system has also seen a major revamp and now employs 45 individual AF points across the viewfinder, all of which are of the cross-type variety. This is a notable improvement from the 19-point system employed by the 750D/760D.
In terms of exposure modes, the 800D is well served by a generous range of options including the standard PASM quartet for more experienced users, alongside Scene Intelligent Auto mode and 10 individual Scene modes (some of which can be selected directly from the Exposure mode dial) for point-and-shoot duties.
As an example, a 60mm macro lens designed for use on an APS-C format camera is often described as being a terrific macro and portrait lens when, in fact, it’s a terrific macro lens plus a so-so portrait lens.The problem is that, even though a 60mm lens captures the subject of opinion of a 96mm lens when mounted in an APS-C-format camera, it doesn’t create the identical degree of portrait-friendly compression as an 85mm or 100mm short-telephoto portrait lens. It frames your subject similarly, but it retains the compressive characteristics of a 60mm lens.The only way you are able to keep the face-friendly features of an 85 to 100mm portrait lens on a Canon APS-C format DSLR is to utilize an 85 to 100mm portrait lens and step back about 40% farther from the subject so as to fill the framework to head-and-shoulder proportions.When shopping for your second lens, keep this info in mind. In that way, you will be less likely to pick the incorrect focal length for your needs.Camera lenses are available in fixed focal lengths and zoom settings, each of which have and sides and without sides. The plus/minus problem can be best illustrated by Canon’s EF-28-300mm /f3.5-5.6L IS USM, a sharp, L-series zoom lens which covers a full-frame camera from wide-angle through long telephoto. It’s an actual one-lens solution. And while its size is rather manageable (3.6 x 7.2″), it weighs approximately 3.7 pounds, which can take its toll on the shoulders after a few hours of walking around city or off in the woods. As they say, everything has its price.
Those wanting to get creative in-camera can take advantage of ten built-in digital filters (including old favourites such as Toy Camera, Miniature effect and a trio of HDR options), or choose one of nine Creative Auto settings, each of which is designed to capture images with a unique ambience.
Since the image circles on Canon EF lenses are made to cover full-frame sensors, they may also be utilized on APS-C DSLRs, which have smaller (1.6x crop factor) surface areas. The opposite–mounting EF-S lenses on full-frame EF mounts–is not feasible because the picture proportions of EF-S lenses are smaller than the circle size required to cover a full-frame sensor. EF-S lenses are strictly for use on the EF-S lens mounts found on Canon APS-C format DSLRs.Canon’s most up-to-date EF-M mount is intended for use with Canon’s APS-C format EOS M-series mirrorless cameras. Canon’s EF-M-mount focal flange distance is shorter than the conventional EF mount (18mm versus 44mm) along with the size and weight of EF-M lenses are smaller and lighter.Though EF-S and EF-M lenses are equally designed to cover the same APS-C format picture field, they’re completely different in layout and cannot be utilized interchangeably.A majority of Canon lens mounts are made of stainless steel. Select Canon lenses, including a number of Canon’s lighter-weight, variable-aperture kit zooms and the 50mm f/1.8 II, are made from plastic. Though not as rocky as stainless steel, the plastic polymers used to manufacture these mounts wear well and are more than sufficient for use with these select, lighter-weight optics.The red line around the barrel of a Canon L-series lens depicts more than only a high degree of professional picture quality.
JPEG processing options extend to Canon’s proprietary Picture Styles, of which there are eight presets and three User Defined slots to customise as you wish. In addition, the 800D also provides a range of in-camera lens-correction tools for minimising unsightly effects such as purple fringing and distortion, alongside the company’s longstanding Auto Lighting Optimizer tool to auto-correct image brightness and contrast.
Canon EOS 800D – Build and design
The best optical glass formulations cannot narrow the entirety of the visible colour spectrum to one point of attention, nor will uncoated optical glass control flare and color aberrations due to stray light striking the lens surface. To improve upon the limitations of optical glass, coatings typically consisting of magnesium fluoride or silicon monoxide are applied liberally and evenly across the surfaces of each lens element.Because light comprises numerous wavelengths, up to 10 layers of coatings (multi-coating) might be utilized as a method of keeping evenly consistent colour rendition through the visible color spectrum, together with nominal levels of flare and color aberrations.Though logic would suggest otherwise, applying coatings to a lens element doesn’t inhibit the light-transmitting qualities of a lens. In practice, lens coatings improve the light-transmitting qualities of glass by removing the inherent reflective characteristics of glass.Canon lenses are coated with Super Spectra Coatings that help preserve sharp picture detail, richly saturated color, and correct levels of image contrast even in backlit situations. Super Spectra multi-layered coatings, which enable up to 99.9% of full-spectrum light to pass through the lens, also provide for an additional layer of protective coating across the surfaces of each lens element.
As with previous triple-digit Canon DSLR models, the 800D is a compact, lightweight and neatly styled DSLR. While it does feel a little plasticky (a common trait of entry-level Canon DSLRs over the years), overall build quality is actually pretty much on par for a camera of this price and specification.
Inside the polycarbonate outer shell, the internal electronics of the 800D are protected by an aluminium alloy chassis. This should provide ample protection against the kind of gentle knocks and accidental scrapes most cameras experience at some point in their lifetime.
However, unlike models further up the EOS range, the 800D’s body isn’t weather sealed – so you’ll need to keep it as dry as possible when shooting in wet weather.
For a DSLR of such modest overall proportions, we found the 800D’s handgrip to be surprisingly deep and pronounced. With our averagely sized hands we were comfortably able to wrap three fingers around it, while the contoured thumb grip on the back of the body offers something to brace your thumb against for a secure grip.
If you are shooting a 16-35mm wide zoom, the gaps between filling the frame with your subject at the 16mm end of the focal range will create imagery far different than images captured at 35mm from a larger distance. The same can be said for 24-70mm zooms and 70-200mm zooms. Whenever time allows, constantly explore your subject at different focal points and distances.If there were a drawback to shooting with zoom lenses, so it would need to be that none of them opens up broader than f/2.8, and when they did, they’d be rather hefty. It is not that zoom lenses with wider maximum apertures (i.e. f/2 or f/1.4) could not be possible to design and manufacture, but you’d need to mount them on a forklift if you wanted to shoot one. Reading the spec sheets of a 70-200mm f/1.4 or 16-35mm f/1.4 zoom could be amusing, to say the least.Are fixed focal length lenses tend to be sharper than zooms? It’d be fair to say many contemporary zooms rival their fixed focal length counterparts concerning resolving power, contrast, and overall image quality. And they’re all capable of taking very good photographs.Zoom lenses come in 2 varieties: continuous aperture and changeable aperture. Constant-aperture lenses, that maintain a consistent maximum aperture regardless of the focal selection, tend to be faster (i.e. have wider maximum apertures) than many variable-aperture versions. Constant-aperture zooms also tend to be larger, thicker, and frequently pricier in contrast to their variable-aperture counterparts.
With the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens attached, the 800D feels exceptionally well balanced too. The camera’s physical buttons and controls are all clearly labelled, well spaced and have a reassuringly responsive ‘clicky’ feel about them when pressed.
Even the greatest optical glass formulations cannot narrow the entirety of the visible color spectrum to one point of attention, nor can uncoated optical glass controller flare and colour aberrations due to stray light striking the lens . To improve upon the limitations of optical glass, coatings normally comprising magnesium fluoride or aluminium monoxide are applied liberally and evenly across the surfaces of every lens element.Because light comprises numerous wavelengthsup to ten layers of coatings (multi-coating) might be used as a means of maintaining evenly consistent color rendition throughout the visible color spectrum, together with nominal degrees of flare and colour aberrations.Though logic would indicate differently, applying coatings to a lens element doesn’t inhibit the light-transmitting attributes of a lens. In training, lens coatings increase the light-transmitting qualities of glass by eliminating the inherent reflective features of glass.Canon lenses are coated with Super Spectra Coatings that help preserve sharp image detail, richly saturated color, and correct levels of image contrast even in backlit conditions. Super Spectra multi-layered coatings, that enable up to 99.9percent of full-spectrum light to pass through the lens, also provide for another layer of protective coating across the surfaces of every lens element.