5 things you need to know about the Canon EOS 800D

Two years is a long time in camera world, but that’s how long it’s been since Canon announced our then favourite beginner DSLR – the 750D.

Since 2015, a whole army of mirrorless cameras have stormed the entry-level barracks and become our picks for anyone looking for ‘my first proper camera’.

Not that DSLRs are giving up the fight. The Canon 750D is still going to be available for bargain-hunters, but Canon has now built an 800D to wrestle back some beginner snapper cred from the likes of Fujifilm.

It’s going to be available fa bit later on this year. Should you save up for it? Here’s what’s new…

1) IT’S EVEN MORE BEGINNER-FRIENDLY

Like its predecessor, the 800D has a sharp, 3in touchscreen LCD that makes it easy for smartphone snappers to swipe around its settings.

But what makes it particularly good for anyone wearing DSLR armbands is its ‘guide’ interface, which takes the best bits from Canon’s companion smartphone app and puts them in the camera.

Not quite sure what effect shutter speed will have on your cat photos? It’ll show you a contextual graphic showing what the jargon means for your snap. And your cat will be mighty impressed.

2) IT HAS SUPER-SPEEDY AUTOFOCUS

The 800D has much-improved autofocus that (on paper) more than matches its entry-level rivals. This is partly thanks to the new DIGIC 7 processor, which improves focus tracking and helps brings down JPEG noise.

There’s also a new 45-point autofocus setup (up from the slightly dated 19-point job on the 750D), which gives it what Canon claims is the world’s fastest live view autofocus. Yep, even quicker than the Sony A6300. We look forward to timing that with our atomic stopwatch.

3) IT’S BETTER AT VIDEO…BUT CAN’T DO 4K

The 800D is an entry-level camera, so video isn’t exactly a priority. But it is now capable of shooting 1080p at 60 frames per second (up from a measly 30fps on the 750D) and shoots in HDR too.

There’s no optical stabilisation (just digital) and the 800D can’t do 4K video, but that is similar to other beginner DSLRs like the Nikon D5600, so we’re not giving it a ticking off for that.

4) YOU CAN BUY IT A FANCY REMOTE

Remote shutters and companion apps are nothing new, but Canon is now offering a handy new one for the 800D called, inventively, the Remote Controller BR-E1 (also available in 2017).

This promises to give you 5m range from all directions to help boost your selfie game, along with lots of controls including focus and zoom. Which will be handy for zooming in on that wildebeest that’s running up behind you.

5) IT STILL HAS SURPRISE WIRELESS POWERS

It wasn’t long ago that extra features like Bluetooth and NFC were novelty acts on more expensive cameras, but the 800D has them both – and they’re actually useful too.

With a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone you’ll be able to wake the camera in your backpack and browse its photos, while NFC lets you share photos by bumping your phone and camera together. Careful, though, in case your smartphone gets jealous of your new photographic friend.

SO WHAT’S THE EOS 77D?

The 800D isn’t the only new Canon camera announced of late. There’s also the M6 mirrorless cam, which you can read more about here, plus the 77D.The 77D is a curious beast. It’s essentially exactly the same on the inside as the 800D, but with a slightly different control layout on the outside: you get an extra LCD screen on the top-plate, plus dual control wheels on the back. It’s the same trick Canon pulled with the 750D and 760D, but for some strange (and probably marketing-led) reason, it’s decided to change the naming system this time round.

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