Canon EOS 7D: King of Canon APS-C DSLR

Product summary

Key Features

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors .
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800).
  • 8.0 fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large/JPEGs with UDMA CF card and 15 RAW.
  • Advanced movie mode with manual exposure control and selectable frame rates: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 1280 x 720 (HD): 60p (59.94) / 50p, 640 x 480 (SD): 60p (59.94) / 50p.
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with 100% field of view, wide viewing angle of 29.4°, high magnification of 1.0, intelligent viewfinder with glass pentaprism and superimposed LCD display in viewfinder supports various shooting styles.
  • New 19-point, all cross-type AF system equipped with dual diagonal cross-typesensors in center at f/2.8 and f/5.6 and AF area selection modes to match various shooting situations.
  • iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and color information for optimizing exposure and image quality.
  • Magnesium body with shutter durability up to 150,000 cycles and exclusive dust and weather resistance.

Features

The EOS 7D Features Fast 8 FPS Continuous Shooting, Class-Leading 18-Megapixel Resolution and Full HD Video Recording with Variable Frame Rates and Manual Exposure Control. Although Canon has tagged the 60D as the spiritual successor of the famed 50D, the 7D is more of a biological descendant of the plasticky and tag touchy crop body. what we have in he 7D is a phenomenal camera, well-built, weather sealed, supremely high performance with great auto-focus, more AF points that some of the higher full frame bodies; albeit in a crop body.

The build quality

The 7D has been built to withstand not only the vagaries of nature but also the hands of a clumsy photographer (no disrespect). It is probably good enough for a few knocks and bumps but that should not inspire you to drive your SUV over it. It is well built with a magnesium alloy body and feels strong and secure in the hands. The best thing is it is weather sealed so you don’t need a rain check each time you wish to sling the camera around your neck.

AF points and AF system

The 7D locks focus faster than even the professional 5D Mark II. With 19 AF points you can be absolutely sure about the precise focusing that it can deliver, and it does most of the times. The camera is compatible with both the standard lenses and the USM lenses that Canon has offering near silent focusing with the later. Night time performance in extremely low light conditions is also acceptable and while there is no comparison between some of the full frame EOS models this is perfect for most shooting needs.

Viewfinder

100% field of view is what you can expect with the optical view finder of the 7D. The view finder is very beautiful bright and takes the full advantage of the pentaprism type that gives it an advantage over many other APS-C crop bodies in the market.

Sensor & megapixels

The 7D is built around an 18 megapixels APS-C sized CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 image processing system.

Image quality

Over all image quality is extremely great. The 7D boasts an impressive continuous drive mode of 8 fps. If you’re a sports photographer, you could take advantage of the 7D’s impressive 320 image continuous JPEG burst rate and the 24 images continuous RAW burst rates. Low light performance is also respectable especially if you compare some of the other comparable crop bodes such as the Nikon D300S or even the Pentax K-7. however if you compare the performance with some of the other full frame cameras in the EOS range such as the 5D Mark II or the latest 5D Mark III performance will be slightly off.

Pop-up flash

The 7D comes with a pop-up flash something that even the EOS 5D Mark II does not have. While this is not a caparison between the two cameras and they are designed for two different segments of users, the pop-up flash does add a bit of flexibility in the hands of a serious photographer.

Canon EOS 7D firmware v2 added new features

  • Improved maximum burst for RAW images (up to 25)
  • In-camera RAW image editing
  • In-camera Image Rating
  • In-camera JPEG resizing
  • Maximum Auto ISO setting (ISO 400-6400)
  • Manual audio level adjustment in movie recording
  • GPS compatibility
  • File name customisation
  • Time zone settings
  • Faster scrolling of magnified images
  • Quick control screen during playback
  • New firmware available for download here

Recommendations

The 7D is a strongly built and value for money camera. It has an impressive performance across most lighting conditions and is respectable even at ISO 12800. Additionally the buttons and features should appeal to a pro shooter who is comfortable with buttons and hates GUI. Overall this is a great camera to buy and should be one of the top two-three APS-C bodies currently available.

Sample Images by EOS 7D on Flickr

EOS 7D Specs

TypeDigital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording MediaCF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5)
Image Sensor Size22.3 x 14.9 mm (APS-C size)
Compatible LensesCanon EF lenses
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx.1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens MountCanon EF mount
Image Sensor TypeHigh-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
PixelsEffective pixels: Approx. 18.0 megapixels
Total PixelsTotal pixels: Approx. 19.0 megapixels
Aspect Ratio3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter SystemRGB primary color filters
Low-pass FilterFixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature(1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) Manual cleaning of sensor
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Recording FormatDesign rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.21
Image TypeStill: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW, mRAW, RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous RecordingProvided (RAW/sRAW/mRAW+JPEG also possible); One-touch RAW+JPEG
Size(1) Large: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5,184 x 3,456)
(2) Medium: Approx. 8.00 Megapixels (3,456 x 2,304)
(3) Small: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2,592 x 1,728)
(4) RAW: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5,184 x 3,456)
(5) M-RAW: Approx. 10.10 Megapixels (3,888 x 2,592)
(6) S-RAW: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2,592 x 1,728)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File NumberingConsecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Possible to create new folders and select folders in the CF card
Color SpacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture StyleStandard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Recording FunctionsImages record directly to the CF card. With the WFT-E5A attached, image recording to the CF card and to the USB external media connected to the WFT-E5A will be possible as follows
(1) Standard (2) Automatic switching of recording media(3) Separate recording (4) Recording of identical images (5) Backup to external recording media
Backup RecordingEnabled with WFT-E5A attached
Image Processing TypeWhite Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
Auto White BalanceAuto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature CompensationWhite balance correction: ±9 stops in 5 step increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color Temperature Info TransmissionProvided
Viewfinder TypeEye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder CoverageVertical/Horizontal approx. 100%
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 1.0x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Viewfinder EyepointApprox. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing ScreenFixed
Viewfinder MirrorQuick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder InformationAF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), Flash information (Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority, Monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information), Composition information (Grid, electronic level), Battery Check
Depth-of-Field PreviewEnabled with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus TypeTTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points19-point all cross-type AF (f/2.8 at center: Dual Cross Sensor)
Metering RangeEV -0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing ModesAuto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection(1) Manual selection: Single point AF
(2) Manual selection: Spot AF
(3) Manual selection: AF point expansion
(4) Manual selection: Zone AF
(5) Automatic selection: 19 point AF
Selected AF Point DisplayIndicated by transmissive LCD display in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel
AF-assist BeamWhen an external EOS-dedicated Speedlite is attached to the camera, the AF-assist beam from the Speedlite will be emitted when necessary
Metering Modes63-zone SPC TTL metering with selectable modes
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 9.4% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 2.3% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure ControlProgram AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Creative Auto, Full auto, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)Automatically set, ISO 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically
Extension settable (with C.Fn.I 3-1): ISO 12800
High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200-6400
Exposure CompensationManual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE LockAuto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter TypeVertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec.
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter ReleaseSoft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Flash MeteringE-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE LockProvided
Drive ModesSingle, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous and Self-timer (10-sec. or 2-sec. delay)
Continuous Shooting SpeedHigh-speed: Max. 8.0 shots/sec
Low-speed: Max. 3.0 shots/sec
Maximum BurstJPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 94 (CF)/approx. 126 (UDMA CF)
RAW: approx. 15/approx. 15 (UDMA CF)
RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 6 (CF/UDMA CF)
Based on Canon’s testing standards with a 2GB CF card, high-speed continuous shooting, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
FocusingQuick mode (Phase-difference detection)
Live mode/Face Detection Live mode (Contrast detection)
Manual focusing (5x/10x magnification possible)
Metering ModesEvaluative metering with the image sensor (still photos)
Center-weighted average metering (video)
Metering RangeEV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Grid DisplayProvided (Two-type grid displays)
Exposure SimulationProvided
Silent ShootingProvided (Mode 1 and 2)
LCD Monitor TypeTFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size3.0″
Monitor DotsApprox. 920,000 (VGA)
Monitor CoverageApprox. 100% (viewing angle: approx. 170°)
Brightness AdjustmentAuto, 7 levels provided
Interface Languages25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian,Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Image Playback Display FormatSingle image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image(auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder)
Highlight WarningProvided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image ProtectSingle images can be erase-protected or not
Image EraseSingle image, check-marked images or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images)
Compatible PrintersPictBridge-compatible printers
Printable ImagesJPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW/sRAW images captured with the EOS 5D Mark II
Easy Print featureProvided
DPOFVersion 1.1 compatible
Compatible ImagesJPEG and RAW images
Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Custom FunctionsTotal 27
Camera User SettingsRegister under Mode Dial’s C1 and C3 positions
My Menu RegistrationProvided
USB TerminalFor personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) HDMI mini OUT terminal
Extension System TerminalFor connection to WFT-E5A
BatteryOne Battery Pack LP-E6
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 with Battery Grip BG-E6 attached
Battery CheckAuto
Power SavingProvided; Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 min.
Date/Time BatteryOne CR1616 lithium-ion battery
Start-up TimeApprox. 0.1 sec.
Working Temperature Range32-104°F/0-40°C
Working Humidity Range85% or less
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 in./148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mm
WeightApprox. 28.9 oz./820g (body only)
WarrantyCanon 1 year limited warranty

 

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