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Canon EOS 7D Summary

18 Megapixels18 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Canon EOS 7D Assessment

The Canon EOS 7D is a new advanced cropped-sensor DSLR with a very rich feature set starting with an 18 MP sensor with ISO sensitivity range up to 12,800 and high-speed continuous drive up to 8 FPS and including many advanced features such as a 100% coverage viewfinder, a digital level, weather-sealed body and 1080p HD video recording capabilities with full manual controls.

This well-rounded DSLR is highly suitable for all types of photography, particularly so given the extensive lineup of Canon lenses for cropped sensor and full-frame SLRs.

The sturdy EOS 7D fits comfortably in hand and provides a great number of controls to avoid using the menus. A few buttons require looking away from the viewfinder for using them properly, but this is much faster than using the extensive menu system.

In terms of performance, the EOS 7D shows some very impressive aspects including low image noise, excellent sharpness, fast autofocus, near-instant shutter-lag and blackout times. The downside is that the 7D has trouble with exposure and color accuracy in JPEG is poor. See the review for all the details. Note that although we had a production Canon EOS 7D, the firmware has changed twice since then.

The competition is slim, only the Pentax K-7 and Nikon D300s offer a similar feature set. The 7D is the fastest among al these while the K-7 is the most feature-rich with built-in stabilization, automatic horizon correction, cold-resistant weather-seals and several more unique features. The D300s is in the middle in terms of speed but not quite as feature-rich as the Canon. The EOS 7D is also the only of these to shoot full 1080p HD video.

Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review Read the full Canon EOS 7D review here.

PROS CONS
Very low image noise Frequent overexposure
Excellent sharpness Poor color accuracy
ISO range entirely usable, up to 1600 for large prints Poor white-balance, both auto and preset under artificial light
Super-fast autofocus speed and tacking Slower than average instant review speed
No shutter lag and great shot-to-shot speeds Slow to power-off due to sensor cleaning
Quick and responsive LCD too bright
Large 100% coverage viewfinder Several interface oddities, see review page 2.
2-Axis digital level
Full choice of exposure modes for movies
Above average live-view autofocus
Quick and powerful built-in flash
Efficient menu system
Highly customizable
Very secure grip
Solid construction
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Sister Models
Canon EOS 5D Mark II - 21 Megapixels, Full-frame, 98% coverage viewfinder, Max ISO 25600, No built-in flash, 3.9 FPS, No digital level
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- 15 Megapixels, 95% coverage viewfinder, 6.3 FPS, No movie-mode, No digital level
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Canon 7D Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 22 x 15mm

Canon APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

18 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-12800
Canon EF Mount
1.6X FLM
Shutter 1/8000-30s
100% Coverage
Large Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
2 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
8 FPS Drive, 126 ImagesStereo audio input
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsCompact Flash
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