The 800D has a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the same as that fitted to the slightly more advanced Canon 80D. The 800D also includes Dual Pixel AutoFocus technology, which was introduced with the Canon EOS 70D a few years back. This essentially is Canon’s on-sensor phase-detection technology, used to assist focus times while the camera is being operated in Live View on the 3″ screen, greatly reducing the time it takes to do so. In previous models, such as the 700D, Canon utilised contrast-detect technology to perform the same function. In addition to the Dual Pixel AF being introduced to Canon’s mid-range units, the company also claims to have the fastest technology amongst its DSLR competitors.
The 800D sports Canon’s latest-gen DIGIC 7 image processor, allowing it to process data 14 times faster than that of the DIGIC 6. This, then, allows for increased maximum burst speed, with the 800D capable of 6fps, while also being able to process a higher amount of consecutive images. The improvements on the sensor and processor also has a significant impact on the maximum native sensitivity setting, allowing an ISO of 25,600, which offers ISO 51,200 in expanded mode. In relation to exposure modes and settings, Canon employs a few options to choose from, which automatically adjust to the environment. These include Scene Intelligent Auto mode, along with a choice of 10 other fixed modes. There’s also the option of your PASM options for more experienced photographers. All of these make for easy to use, point-and-click shots.
With filters readily available on almost all social media apps to get that “wow” factor you’re hoping to achieve, Canon includes the option of ten built-in digital filters to choose from, including HDR capabilities. Another nice addition is the in-camera lens correction tools employed to reduce unwanted effects and hues from your images, alongside Canon’s old favourite, Auto Lighting Optimiser.
Interestingly, the 800D also offers a WiFi connectivity option. Unfortunately, though, it isn’t as easy to use as with any other WiFi-enabled device. The camera has the capability of connecting to your smartphone to update images on-the-go while you’re happily snapping away. Connectivity, however, is quite complex, and often times fails. After a few attempts and a lot of frustration, I found it best to rely on the inserted memory card to store images with the help of the touchscreen to view any newly captured image for review.
There’s a lot to love about the Canon EOS 800D camera, ticking almost all of the boxes, even for a mid-range device. The improvements over the 700D are quite significant and will make for an easy choice for first-time buyers. Users who already own the 700D may also benefit from the new features, even with the additional costs of selling off their second-hand unit, with the gains outweighing the cost. For professionals on a budget, however, the 800D may have a few glitchy aspects but certainly aren’t a train smash by any means. The 800D is a well-rounded camera with a very competitive price.
Taken in part from a review by CNet.
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