The Canon EOS 1500D (also called Rebel T7 or 2000D depending on region) is an entry level DSLR camera aimed towards novice users who want to make a foray into DSLR photography. It is equipped with a 24.1 Megapixel Sensor and comes with a 18-55mm Lens as part of the Standard Kit.
Like most of its peers the 1500D is made from a polycarbonate material that is reasonably lightweight weighing about 475 grams. It is compact and comfortable to hold, especially due to the textured grip and thumb rest, however the smooth plastic feel from the rest of the body takes away from the “premium” feel.
The overall body takes a pretty minimalistic approach as there aren’t as many buttons as one would typically expect to see on a DSLR. The camera tries to cram most of its functions to the few buttons it does have, and the buttons are straightforward to use, the overall control scheme is not the most intuitive.
The 1500D is marketed to beginners and that can further be seen from its features. The camera uses a pretty outdated 9 point auto-focus system that falls quite below the standard of modern cameras. While the autofocus (in viewfinder mode) is quick and responsive enough, getting it to focus where you want it to can be frustrating at time. The autofocus in live view is even less reliable and takes a considerably longer time to focus, when it even works. Even the DIGIC 4+ processor utilized by the 1500D is considerably outdated, with the latest iteration is the DIGIC 8 and most current Canon cameras using at least the DIGIC 6.
The camera is equipped with a 24.1 Megapixel sensor, which is allows pretty high resolution images considering the price point of the camera. In fact the same sensor is used in some of Canon’s higher end cameras, such as the M50 mirrorless camera. The ISO performance is also pretty good for the price range considering that at ISO 800, the amount of grain is still acceptable. Of course the ISO can go upto 6400 (expandable to 12800), but the noise levels become significantly prominent when going over 1600.
The 1500D is capable of shooting videos at Full HD (1920X1080), however at that resolution it can only shoot at a maximum of 25fps, while when set to 1280X720, it can go up to 50fps. The capabilities may not be fantastic, but with the right lens it can accompany those who may intend to foray into amateur filmmaking. Nevertheless, the inability to shoot at 30fps or 60fps is pretty disappointing.
The 1500D comes with NFC and Wifi capabilities, which users can used through a Canon smartphone app in order to view and also transfer images and videos to the phone wirelessly and on the go. This can be very useful for photographers who post their work online. The functionality in general, though, is something of a staple in modern DSLR cameras as it would be difficult to find a new model that does not support it. The battery included in the kit is rated to be able to take 600 shots from full charge, however when using live view, wifi, flash or video recording would cause the battery to drain much faster.
The Canon 1500D is not the most impressive DSLR you can find, however with its affordability, it doesn’t have to be. Of course, additional features such as articulated touchscreen, among others, would be highly appreciated, however, it does do enough in order to mark it as a good entry level DSLR.