In this section, I have focused on finding models with good performance, greater freedom for more sophisticated users, but always for a reasonable price.
With its aluminum alloy and poly carbonate shell, it offers a good grip and a feeling of strength, for only 532 grams. Too bad, on the other hand, that there has not been any additional work on the exterior cladding which, despite the quality of the materials, looks like a bad plastic.
It is very easy to handle, with a simplified menu that handles the level of complexity of manipulations.
We can just fly over the most basic menus, without any difficulty and with conclusive results. But this does not mean that Canon fails to offer great freedom of use to those who know how to do it.
And for those who do not really know, really nothing – there is no shame! Each adjustment is optionally accompanied by a small explanatory drawing which illustrates the result obtained.
In terms of connectivity, there is an SD port and micro-USB … But also a port for a microphone, which is very unusual in this price range. The device is equipped with WiFi and an NFC chip, and there is a bluetooth low consumption. The Camera Connect app allows you to explore and export photos, but also to remotely control the camera, which can be interesting for a group photo.
Autofocus offers 45 points of recognition of the subject: it is the highest in this price range. The complete update of the AF with the T7i is a real pleasure, and greatly enhances the value for money of this device. The detection is fast and intuitive. The detection performance of moving subjects is also improved with this model, thanks to a metric RGB + IR system.
With 49 autofocus points on a 7 × 7 grid, manual support is simple and effective, thanks in part to the speed of the touch itself. It’s way better than most hybrid cameras, as you can see in this article , and some autofocus is disappointing.
Point of view quality of images, if the number of Mpx has not changed (but anyway we know that it does not matter!), There is new under the hood. The CMOS APS-C sensor from the Rebel range has taken a youthful look, with the promise of better noise control.
This new sensor goes with the DIGIC 7, a next-generation graphics processor that can handle ten times more information than its predecessor, the DIGIC 6, and can further improve noise management. Moreover, the device can this time go up to 51.200 ISO. Nevertheless, I do not recommend its use beyond 12,800, which is really not bad! The white balance is so impeccable, and the grain is very well managed for a device at this price.
The HDR (“High Dynamic Range”: practical for landscape shots using a process that uses different levels of exposure) is a great effort, even if I did not expect any miracles for that price. It is nevertheless a good performance, since the subjects against the light are saved from the underexposure, with a respectful contrast and a beautiful intensity of colors.
Too bad the video is always limited to HD, with 60 frames per second! A 4K option would have been appreciated by those who also want to practice video.
On the other hand, the autonomy only holds 600 snapshots in real use, a correct performance for a device equipped with a Bluetooth and connectivity WiFi, but less than the Nikon D5600 which I will tell you right after.
In the end, the many improvements made by Canon with this model make it one of the mid-range champions. Comfortable to use for both novices and insiders, it offers the same level of versatility that I was looking for in this comparison: it is a model adapted to the greatest number that does not sacrifice anything in the process.
Nikon D5600 :
As I pointed out above, Nikon D5xxx like this one are rather optimized for those looking to expand the range of features of their device while having a better creative control over their shots.
Design side, there is a model very similar to the Nikon 3500 presented above (especially as it has been reviewed, as I said, so to just look more like the range of D5xxx).
Made of polycarbonate, it offers the same strength as its predecessor, the D5500. The compact, durable one-piece hull limits weight to just 420 grams – one of the lightest models in my selection.
The grip is well proportioned for an excellent grip without losing the compactness of Nikon. The buttons are all accessible by the thumb, in the idea of using it with a hand left free for the adjustment of the lens.
The screen is not only articulated, but it is also tactile. I appreciate the fact that despite this, there are many physical pimples.
Regarding the physical connection, there is only a micro-SD port and a charging port for the battery. The microphone port that was missing from the D3500 is also sorely lacking here.
By contrast, unlike the D3500, it has WiFi and NFC in addition to the Bluetooth connection with SnapBridge. The latter being slow enough for the transmission of large files, the use of WiFi is really welcome on this device.
Autofocus, meanwhile, uses 39 points of recognition of the subject, with an effective 3D tracking system. Despite its age, this system continues to provide a good user experience, especially when operating the viewfinder, and autofocus modes are fast and accurate. However, if 3D tracking can take good pictures of moving models, it is still not suitable for sports photos, for example.
In terms of image quality, it adapts to many situations, whatever the exposure. He’s doing pretty well, even with very contrasting scenes. The white balance is natural and well calibrated.