Canon Eos Rebel 2000 Review—— Canon announced the EOS 2000D along with the EOS 4000D in February 2018. The cameras represent the cheapest entry into Canon’s APS-C SLR class. The photographer has to be prepared for some compromises in terms of equipment and perhaps also image quality. This review shows what the EOS 2000D can and cannot do.
Canon Eos Rebel 2000
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Ergonomics and workmanship
For this test report, we had an EOS 2000D in a set with the AF-S 18-55 mm 3.5-5.6 IS II. The very first touch of the camera showed where the journey was going. The plastic feeling is clearly noticeable in the ready-to-use weight of around 670 grams and the surface structure of children’s toys. For the sake of fairness, the neatly glued rubber grip should be mentioned. The size of the handle is also well dimensioned so that the camera lies securely in the hand. In addition to the beautifully direct shutter release with a comfortable pressure point, there is also a rotary knob, the on / off switch, and the mode dial on the top of the camera. In addition, the unlocking switch for the flash unit is located in “reach”. With this button, the built-in flash is unlocked electrically and pops out. A hot shoe is also available. This can control original Canon TTL flash units, but flash units that are only triggered by a central contact cannot be used because the central contact is missing.
There are various printed function keys on the back of the camera. The positioning of the buttons is successful and the photographer can quickly access the respective function or quickly navigate through the camera’s function menus. On the back there is also the rigid 3 “LCD monitor. Although it does not have a touch function, the menus and settings of the camera can be easily navigated. Regardless of whether these are menu or recording settings.
The camera’s mirror viewfinder, which can be produced at a low cost, is only suitable to a limited extent for people who wear glasses due to its design. However, it has a diopter compensation that compensates for visual defects of -2.5 to 0.5 diopters. So the photographer can do without the glasses. All relevant information about the recording is displayed in the viewfinder. However, the measuring fields of the phase AF system are permanently displayed and light up when they are activated. In addition, a contrast AF system works in live view mode. While other manufacturers are also installing very fast contrast AF systems in cameras for beginners, Canon celebrates the calm and serenity in live view. The EOS 2000D needs a whopping 3.5 seconds in the wide-angle range and about 4, 2 seconds telephoto from pressing the shutter button to focusing on the image. With the phase autofocus, it is only 0.5 seconds in the wide-angle or 0.63 seconds in the telephoto range. The pure shutter release delay is around 0.1 seconds in Live View and 0.09 to 0.13 seconds in “Viewfinder” mode (wide-angle and telephoto). With these results, the EOS 2000D is on a similar level to the somewhat older EOS 1200D.
The flap for the combined battery and memory card compartment is located on the underside of the DSLR. This provides space for the lithium-ion battery LP-E10 and a memory card with SD form factor. The tripod thread is surprisingly made of metal and sits in the optical axis of the lens. Speaking of metal. The lens bayonet on the front of the camera is also made of metal, which cannot be taken for granted in Canon’s entry-level class.
On the left side of the 2000D, there is a soft and quite cheap-looking cover cap. It covers the jack plug for the cable remote control, the USB 2.0 mini, and the HDMI mini interface (type C). Unfortunately, the USB port cannot be used to charge the battery. The NFC logo can be seen next to the cover cap. This function enables quick pairing of the camera WLAN with a smart device and the transmission of data over short distances.
The EF-S 18-55 mm 3.5-5.6 IS II belongs to the scope of the tested set and represents the simplest stabilized zoom that Canon has in its range. Equipped with a plastic bayonet and an optical image stabilizer, it is quite okay at first glance. In terms of performance, it is rather simple, but more on that in the “Image quality” section. The use of manual focus can only be discouraged. This is primarily due to the filigree-looking focus ring. This is only sensible to grasp with two fingers due to its small width. What really bothers me is the “sloppy” focusing mechanism, which in practice can only be adjusted precisely with great effort. The zoom function of the lens, on the other hand, is pleasantly direct, although it makes clear noises when moving.
In addition to the camera, which weighs around 470 grams, the lens weighs around 190 grams. Altogether just about 660 grams. Another disadvantage is that the lens always allows the camera to be tilted forward, for example on a table. In order to align the camera, either a tripod must be used or compensation must be placed under the lens.
The assumption that Canon also used the red pencil in the photographic functions is initially not confirmed. For the newcomer to photography, the EOS 2000D offers a motif automatic and motif programs. While the automatic system analyzes the subject and in most cases selects the correct recording settings, the subject programs are clearly programmed for a type of subjects such as sports or landscape photos. A “creative automatic” function, which is also available, allows the photographer a certain degree of freedom of action. This can, for example, choose whether the background should be blurred or sharp. He can also choose whether an effect should be applied or not. The camera then takes over all other settings such as ISO sensitivity, aperture, and exposure time.
Advanced photographers can choose semi-automatic modes as well as a manual mode to gain more control over the image. The various operating modes can only be selected using the mode dial on the top of the camera. The EOS 2000D does not have an HDR or panorama function, but an exposure bracketing function with three pictures and an exposure distance of up to two EVs is available.
Instead of living special effects, the photographer can choose so-called picture styles before taking the picture or create them completely himself. Picture styles are specifications for the camera’s internal image processor (DIGIC 4+). They allow individual settings in terms of sharpness, contrast, hue, and color saturation. It should be noted that only JPEG recordings are influenced by the Picture Styles, but not raw data. In the playback mode, four different special effects, such as toy camera, soft focus, and film grain as well as miniature effects, can also be applied to images.
The small built-in flash unfolds either automatically or manually and offers a guide number of 10 at ISO 100. If the small flash is not sufficient, the camera also has a TTL hot shoe. But watch out, simple flash units without TTL contacts can no longer be triggered by the camera. This means that universal radio triggers for flash systems can no longer be used.
In video mode, the EOS 2000D relies on tradition and less on innovation. The camera offers the photographer a maximum of FullHD video recording with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and a frame rate of a maximum of 25 frames per second. Control options for adjusting the exposure are also available. Tracking autofocus cannot be found in video mode. The photographer has to activate the autofocus when taking a picture by tapping the shutter release button. Then the autofocus starts and slowly adjusts the focus. During this entire procedure, noises from the lens motor are of course also recorded. In the case of the set lens, this is extremely annoying. After all, the background noise is then only present on one channel of the sound recording, because the camera only has a mono microphone.
However, the photographer does not have to do without a WLAN function. This allows the camera to be connected to a smart device. Images can then be transmitted via app or the camera can be remotely controlled via smart device, including a live image. In addition, previously recorded geodata can be transferred to the images via WLAN. A real-time connection between camera and smart device for geotagging is not possible due to the lack of Bluetooth functionality.
For this image quality part of the test report, we fall back on our extensive laboratory test to which we subjected the EOS 2000D. The laboratory test, complete with all diagrams and explanations, can be viewed here on digitalkamera.de for a small fee. For “frequent readers” of the laboratory tests, we also offer an attractively priced “flat rate”.
The results speak for themselves in terms of distortion, edge darkening and also the drop in sharpness. While the sharpness drop in the middle aperture ranges is limited, higher aperture settings in the telephoto range show clear diffraction blurring. The edge darkening is highest in the wide angle, but is still difficult to see. The distortion of the lens is visible barrel-shaped in the wide angle. This shape decreases with increasing focal length and is replaced by a slight pincushion distortion in the telephoto. The chromatic aberrations (color fringes) are easily to strongly visible in the wide angle and the medium focal length range. The reason for this is that set lenses are rarely well corrected in this area. The maximum resolution of 57, The lens achieves 8 line pairs per millimeter in the wide angle at aperture 8. At higher aperture values, the diffraction prevents better resolution results. With these results, the EF-S 18-55 mm 3.5-5.6 IS II meets the expectations one can have of a set lens. However, the camera’s sensor should achieve significantly better image quality with a better lens.
The image noise is divided into different areas in our laboratory. The most important indicator is the signal-to-noise ratio. The larger this value, measured in decibels, the better. The values are good up to almost ISO 400 and the acceptable limit value of 35 dB is only fallen below from ISO 1,600. When it comes to texture sharpness, the camera starts with slightly over-sharpened images in the lower ISO range. The image processor intervenes here to a greater or lesser extent depending on the selected picture style. From ISO 1,600 the images become visibly blurred and lose details. As expected, the nature of the image noise is inconspicuous and only becomes clearly visible in very high ISO settings. Color noise, which is quickly perceived as annoying, is also not a problem up to ISO 3,200, but after that, it increases rapidly.
The input dynamic of the EOS 2000D is high up to ISO 400 and then slowly decreases. The critical value is only reached at the end of the ISO “flagpole”. The tonal value transfer is bulbous and raises the midtones, this behavior is common for cameras whose images are intended for immediate use. The starting tone range is very good at ISO 100 and good up to ISO 1,600.
Color rendering is common for a shoot-to-print camera. Magenta tones are shifted towards red and yellow-green is also toned down a bit. In the cyan area, the colors are almost untouched. By adapting the colors, unnatural-looking color areas such as landscapes and people are to be adapted. The average color deviation is rather small.
The Canon EOS 2000D is clearly an entry-level camera aimed at photographers who want to spend little money and who can do without the latest technology. The image quality is okay, even if the set lens has significant weaknesses. The equipment is extensive, even if things like 4K video recording or HDR and panorama recording functions are missing. What is annoying, however, is the really slow contrast autofocus, which makes photo and videography with a live view a test of patience. The camera can make up some ground thanks to the WLAN functions, which it loses again due to the lack of a hot shoe suitable for center contact. Beginners can certainly live with the camera and the missing functions. Newcomers with ambitions, however, will sooner or later be disappointed with the technology of the camera.
Canon Eos Rebel 2000