Canon EOS 700D pictures and hands-on

The Canon EOS 700D is, well, it's essentially the EOS 650D wrapped up in a body that's a teeny bit different than before - and nothing much more than that.

Canon's annual DSLR update seems a little baffling in an isolated context, but as the 650D has been discontinued with immediate effect it makes sense that Canon is leaning toward a slightly more premium finish.

READ: Canon EOS 650D review

The 700D has a new textured grip that does feel better in the hand, an embossed Canon logo, and a mode dial that can rotate all the way around.

We also spotted that the in-camera filters show up in real-time when in live view, as per the Canon EOS M's implementation.

READ: Canon EOS M review

The 700D also comes loaded with a new 18-55mm STM kit lens which has a series of subtle improvements that add up a more sizeable update: there's no external rotation to the front lens barrel which means any filters will stay in a fixed position, while the inclusion of a front-placed manual focus ring is definitely welcome at this level. Minimum focus distance has been reduced to 25cm from lens plane to closest focus position too, and while we can't yet verify it, Canon also says the lens is of better quality than previous 18-55mm kit versions.

Despite the update being small compared to last year's model, the 700D isn't a camera to be sniffed at. Its 18-megapixel sensor offers a hybrid autofocus system with a 9-point all-cross-type autofocus points and there's a 3-inch touchscreen mounted on a vari-angle bracket too.

Performance is swift, in that it's identical to the Canon EOS 650D. If you'd like to know how this latest model will perform then take a browse through our full 650D review - it's the very same with that extra lick of premium.

The 700D is available for pre-order right now, priced at £749.