Group Rebel Ti dSLR gets first real refresh in a loooong time CNET

“Normally, I like to 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. The newer cameras tend to get trickled-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 (800D in the UK and Australia) represents Canon’s first truly significant update to the series, really since the T2i in 2010. The T6i got a new-to-it sensor and autofocus system in 2015, but that was a transitional change.
The T7i’s body remains the same as its predecessor’s, but it finally incorporates Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, a 3-year-old technology with on-chip phase-detection autofocus that’s in almost all Canon’s other interchangeable-lens camera lines. But it’s a current sensor and metering system, the same ones that are in the EOS 80D, but with an even newer image-processing engine (Digic 7). They’re the same updates that Canon’s bringing to its two other new consumer models, the EOS M6 mirrorless and the EOS 77D step-up-from-the-T7i dSLR.
All of those allow Canon to increase the continuous shooting speed with autofocus to 4.5fps from 3fps (the spec Canon cites of 6fps is with focus and exposure fixed on the first frame and no image stabilization, which isn’t very useful most of the time). And I expect the new sensor and processor should deliver images comparable to the 80D.”

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