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Is The 700D Really Worth It?

By March 2, 2018 No Comments

The Canon 700D, the well known start out vlogging camera – but after 2 years with it, is it really worth getting?

Personally, after using this for 2 years I’m not going to lie, I certainly love it – but I do have flaws with it.

Here’s a list of my favourite features about the 700D and why I chose it at the time.

  • The Flip Out Screen

For vloggers, a flip out screen is essential so they can position themselves in a shot with good composure.

  • The Price Point

Lets not even try to argue, for the price of this camera and the advantages of it, its a steal of a price. I bought it with an 18-55mm IS STM Lens Kit and it was roughly £700/$950 which was expensive at the time but the price has dropped and you can now pick it up for about £490/$670 which has dropped but just over £200 which makes it pretty good, and that’s a lens kit package so you can actually get it cheaper for just the body)

  • The Battery Life

I film weddings with this along with other jobs and in 2 years of usage I’ve run off 3 batteries, 1 Canon Battery + 2 Duracell Batteries, and they all last around 3-5 hours depending on usage. I always keep the batteries charged and I’ve never missed a shot because of battery life.

  • The Card Format

SD Cards are amazing, once you move up to gear such as the 1DX Mark 2 you start to use C-Fast cards which are EXTREMELY expensive compared to the normal SD Cards, and most PCs/Laptops have an SD Card reader built in which makes them super versatile.

  • Lens Compatibility

The Canon 700D is amazing at taking lenses, since it is an APS-C sensor it can support EF lenses along with EF-S lenses which basically covers you for most Canon Lenses, unlike the Full Frame Cameras that only support the EF Lenses unless an adapter is used.

  • The All-Round Durability

As you can see in the picture, I’ve put this camera through its paces in the past 2 years and I’ve had no major issues with it and even though it’s not all metal its a sturdy camera. It’s understand0 degrees up to 45 degrees and it’s been perfect.

 

But there are some negatives to it. For example;

 

  • The Video Quality

The Video is in 1080p 30fps max and that for me isn’t amazing but I understand as it isn’t an overly new camera but I would prefer an extra 30fps or maybe even 90fps if possible.

 

  • The Mic Input Location

For some odd reason, Canon placed the 700D’s mic, remote, HDMI & USB inputs/outputs literally right in front of the flip out screen so either you cover some of the screen or you get the cables in a tangle trying to rewire the mic around the screen.

 

But that’s really all I think about it, If you’re looking for a solid starter camera and can afford it, then go for it – you won’t regret it. If you’re looking for something slightly newer than the 700D, you should check out the 750D which is slightly more but is pretty good still.

Conor

Conor

cinematographer • editor • photographer