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

Find out why it’s shaping up to be the perfect first DSLR...

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 for £780 (RM4320, body only) from April 2017. 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.

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