introduced 1990 - discontinued 1991
Features a unique reversible control dial which switches the camera from Program Image Control modes (for beginners), to shutter-priority mode (for more advanced photographers).The EOS 700 was available with an EF 35-80mm f4-5.6 Power Zoom lens ? two buttons on top of the lens operate a motorized zoom. The lens was only sold with the camera. Quartz Date version available. Focus, Spring 1990, page 15
Type and major components
Type: 35mm focal plane shutter SLR (Single-lens Reflex) camera with autofocus, auto exposure, built-in flash and winder.
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount (electronic signal transfer system).
Usable Lenses: Canon EF lenses.
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. Gives 92% vertical and horizontal coverage of actual picture area and 0.8x magnification with 50mm lens at infinity.
Focusing Screen: New laser-matte screen with AF frame.
Shutter: Vertical-travel metal focal plane shutter; all speeds electronically controlled.
Shutter Speed: 1/2000-1/4 sec. and bulb in shutter-priority AE. 1/2000-2 sec. in other modes. X-sync is 1/125 sec.
Mirror: Quick-return half-mirror.
AF Control System: TTL-SIR (Secondary image Registration) phase-detection. Two modes available: One-shot or auto changeover of One-shot/Servo. Set automatically according to the exposure modes.
AF Working Range: EV1-18 at ISO 100.
AF Auxiliary Light: Built-in AF illuminator operates automatically when required.
Light Metering: TTL full aperture 6-zone metering using SPC Photocell. Partial metering used in close-up mode of P.I.C.. Centre-weighted average metering used in Deep Focus mode of P.I.C.
Metering Range: EV0-20 with f1.4 lens at ISO 100 or equivalent.
• Intelligent Program AE.
• Depth-of-field AE.
• Programmed Image Control (8 settings).
• Shutter-priority AE.
• TTL program flash AE (with built-in flash or Speedlite 160E).
• A-TTL program flash AE (with Speedlite 430EZ and 300EZ).
Film Speed Setting: ISO 25-3200; automatically set in 1-step increments according to DX code. No manual setting available. Non DX-coded film set to ISO 25.
Film Loading: Automatic pre-wind system.
Film Wind: Automatic; single frame or continuous (1.2 frames per second) set automatically according to the exposure modes.
Guide Number: 39ft/12m at ISO 100.
Recycling Time: Approx. 2 sec.
Flash Coverage Angle: Covers the field of view of 35mm lens.
Flash Firing: Automatic in backlit or low-light condition in AUTO. No firing in OFF mode.
Self-Timer: Electronically controlled with a 10 sec. delay.
Date Imprint (EOS 700 QD only): Four formats available with automatic calendar and clock programmed up to 2019.
Battery: One 6V lithium battery (2CR5) supplies power to body and built-in flash.
Shooting Capacity:(with 24 exposure film and EF 35-80mm Power Zoom lens).
Normal (68°F/20°C): 65 rolls without flash, 35 rolls with 50% flash use.
Low (14°F/-10°C): 35 rolls without flash, 20 rolls with 50% flash use.
EOS 700: 5 7/8” (W) x 4 1/16” (H) x 2 3/4” (D) (149.3 x 102.2 x 69.5mm).
EOS 700 QD: 5 7/8” (W) x 4 1/16” (H) x 2 13/16” (H) (149.3 x 102.2 x 71mm).
EOS 700: 1.4lb (645g) with battery.
EOS 700 QD: 1.4lb (655g) with battery.
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15 February 1990
Canon Announces EOS 700 kit with 35-80mm power zoomCanon continues the development of its EOS range with a camera system
designed for the newcomer to SLR photography, containing the highest performance autofocus system of any model in its class, eight Programmed Image Control modes, an in-built retractable flash unit, and a unique reversible mode selection dial enabling the use of shutter priority Automatic Exposure for the more experienced user.
The EOS 700, which contains the same AF operation speed and moving subject predictive AF characteristic of the EOS 600, is available from March with a 35-80mm power zoom lens and wide strap as standard for a recommended retail price of just ¬£329.99.
The Reversible Selector Dial situated on the top of the camera marks another 'first' for Canon, with Side A offering a wide variety of choices to suit the requirements of beginners, each represented by a pictorial symbol. It offers eight Programmed Image Control modes, with settings for landscapes, portraits, close-ups, parties, and sports, as well as for the following special techniques - pan focus, panning and slow sync.
Once the dial is set, the user simply points the camera and shoots. The optimal combination of AF mode, metering mode, film transport mode and Program AE mode will be set automatically.
In time, however, the photographer may want to take a more active part in creating a photograph. At this stage, the selector dial can be easily unscrewed and reversed. Instead of showing symbols for the PIC modes, it now provides shutter speed settings from 1/4 sec to 1/2000 sec, turning the EOS 700 into a camera with shutter priority metering.
When a shutter speed has been selected, a signal in the viewfinder will indicate the camera has automatically selected a suitable lens aperture for the exposure.
Common to both sides of the selector dial is a Standard program AE mode plus battery check, self-timer and camera lock positions.
The Predictive AI Servo Mode is automatically set if the camera detects subject movement, and enables the lens to continue focusing after the shutter release has been pressed to provide sharper images.
Autofocusing is effective in low light levels EV 1 to 18, (ISO 100), and where available light is inadequate for accurate focusing, a built-in AF auxiliary light is automatically switched on to enable focus.
Evaluative Metering provides correct exposure in varying lighting conditions, and when the camera detects strong backlighting, the built-in retractable flash will automatically fire in daylight, adding detail to shadowed areas. The flash, housed in the pentaprism, also fires automatically when there is insufficient light for normal exposures, and the recharging time is approximately two seconds.
Film loading incorporates an invaluable safety feature to prevent 'fogging' of exposed frames if the camera back is opened accidentally. When the film is first loaded, it is automatically fully wound on to the camera take-up spool. It is then rewound into the film cartridge frame as each picture is taken, thus protecting the shots.
The EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 power zoom lens, supplied as standard, has been specifically designed for the EOS 700 to match its performance in all areas including optical performance, appearance and operability. It covers the most widely used focal lengths from wide angle to medium telephoto.
The zoom is powered by Tele and Wide buttons on the lens body, and macro photography is possible throughout the entire zoom range without using a switch. Due to the use of an internal construction which keeps the lenghts of the lens from changing during focusing and zooming, the barrel is a single cylindrical piece with glass protection at the front.