Product Review: Canon 700D Samples Images

By now, the camera has been with me for quite awhile, so here are some randomly shot samples…

I thought of bringing the 700D in a test glamour / fashion shoot. I used it alongside my staple 1DX; I know this might be an unfair comparison, pitting the 700D against its flagship brother, but I wanted to experience the camera in a typical shoot situation I would normally use an SLR camera in. I will not even start comparing the 1DX against the 700D on a tale-of-the-tape scenario since the former would more or less come out the winner. Otherwise, those factors notwithstanding, I was curious at its handling and operation in an actual shoot.

To even the premise, there were several factors I had to compensate for. The 700D’s ISO setting was set higher than the 1DX to make up for the aperture limitation of 5.6 on the kit lens. In a single layout, I would switch the cameras and would more or less compose the shot the same way. Of course some adjustments were also made since one had a cropped sensor while the other was a full-frame. Taking all these into consideration, I went about my shoot.

At first, I had the impression that I just might be using my staple camera more than this new one. To my surprise though, the 700D had quite a charm that grew on to me while shooting. The location we chose was the workers’ area just at the back of my production designer’s compound house. It was versatile enough to look like a stylized ghetto, complete with bed sheet laundry. I also decided to go with natural light to further lessen the disparity of variables between the two cameras.

I ran the same workflow for both RAW files (RAW to TIFF conversion and Photoshop), the 1DX came out with a bit more a yellowish cast. Other than that, I would say, everything was almost at par. 
There were lots of obstacles in the place, and this was where the 700D had an advantage over its bigger brother. I was able to shoot in angles where it would have been almost impossible for me to contort myself with the 1DX. I was shooting through grills, windows, laundry and even placing the camera under tables, and using the screen as a guide for my composition. The focus tracking and touch shutter features also proved themselves worthy supports in this situation. It went beyond the usual focus points available if you were just seeing things though the view finder. As the shoot wore on, I found it more comfortable holding the 700D more because of its weight. It was just a matter of getting used to the new way of shooting (e.g. using the swivel screen instead of the view finder), that got me at first. It was a rather easy learning curve by the time I was into my 2nd layout.

Overall, the 700D is a fun camera to use, and could hold its own in an actual shoot.

Please note though that this “review” is based on a user-experience in a particular scenario, rather than highlighting quantitative features of the camera. 


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