I usually steer people toward last-generation (or more) models for the best value on a budget, and that’s especially true with Canon’s entry-level dSLRs, the Rebel series in the US. Canon tends to trickle down technology from older, higher-end models whose prices have dropped, and it just makes sense to buy those better models instead of the new one with the ancient insides.
But the Rebel T7i (called the 800D in the UK and Australia) represents Canon’s first truly significant update to the series, really since thein 2010. The got a new-to-it sensor and autofocus system in 2015, but that was a transitional change. But somehow, Canon manages to make this big change feel incremental: It delivers roughly the same photo quality as before and shoots a little bit faster once you discount how fast the lens drives. It still doesn’t really match the Nikon D5600 for photo quality or continuous-shooting speed, though it still has the lead for video autofocus.
The camera costs $850 with the 18-55mm f4-5.6 STM lens (£895, AU$1,400) though regionally other kits are available.
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