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Canon EOS 7D 18.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black - Body Only
September 2009 · Canon · EOS · SLR · Crop Sensor · 18 megapixel · CMOS · Pop-up Flash · Detachable Flash · 28.8 ounce
With a host of features designed to enhance every facet of the photographic process, from still images to video, the EOS 7D represents a whole new class of camera. Made to be the tool of choice for serious photographers and semi-professionals, the EOS 7D features an 18.0 ...
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- Canon EOS 7D reviewThe Canon EOS 7D digital SLR is designed for users who want fast shooting performance. That means sports photographers, nature photographers, and basically anyone who needs to freeze-frame a fast-moving subject.
It has a crisp-sounding shutter, a sturdily built (and heavy at 900g) stainless steel and polycarbonate body, and all of the Canon EOS 7D's settings can be controlled via dedicated buttons or button/dial combinations.
The Canon EOS 7D slots in to Canon's digital SLR line-up between the Canon EOS 50D and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Some of its features are actually better than those of the 5D Mark II (such as its greater number of focus points and faster burst speed), but it's not fair to compare the two cameras directly - the 5D Mark II is a full-frame, 21.1-megapixel, 35mm camera.
The Canon EOS 7D, on the other hand, doesn't have a 35mm sensor, instead using a 22.3x14.9mm, 18-megapixel sensor. It produces huge images (up to 5184x3456 pixels and 18MB in size) and requires CompactFlash cards to store them. We used an 8GB Lexar Professional UDMA 300x card to get the most out of the camera.
Canon EOS 7D: built for speed
With a burst speed of almost five frames per second in our tests (Canon quotes 8fps), you'll almost certainly be able to capture all the action of a sporting event, a bird swooping down to its perch, or water droplets hitting the ground. However, it's outclassed by a professional high-speed camera like Canon's EOS 1D Mark III, which can shoot at 10fps according to the company. The EOS 1D Mark III also costs almost two and a half times as much as the Canon EOS 7D and only has a slightly bigger sensor.
Canon EOS 7D: Low-light performance
Our tests show that even on a gloomy day the Canon EOS 7D will take vibrant shots in its standard colour mode, although you might have to adjust the levels slightly during post-processing to give the darker colours more richness.
In dark environments the Canon EOS 7D's ISO speed can be boosted greatly, allowing you to use a shutter speed fast enough to counter blurring as you hold the camera. We achieved usable results in dimly lit environments primarily using ISO 1600, but you can get great results even at ISO 3200; in our low-light tests, colours were captured vibrantly and we didn't even have to adjust the luminance of the shots in post-production.
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The Canon EOS 7D digital SLR is designed for users who want fast shooting performance. That means sports photographers, nature photographers, and basically anyone who needs to freeze-frame a fast-moving subject.Read full review
Canon EOS 7D: overall photo quality
We tested the Canon EOS 7D with an EFS 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 image stabilised lens. The overall quality of our test images was crisp when viewed at less than their full resolution, but started to get fuzzy the more we zoomed in.
The 18-megapixel resolution of the Canon EOS 7D's images lends itself to cropping, and if you're intent is to crop small details out of images then you'll probably notice feathering around the edges of your picture, as well as chromatic aberration caused by the lens (depending on the type of lens you are using).
The Canon EOS 7D handled exposures accurately in our tests, and we had no problems using its aperture priority and shutter priority modes for the bulk of our shooting.
We did have some trouble with the Canon EOS 7D camera not picking up our desired focal point all the time; we sometimes had to focus on another part of the image at the same distance and then move the frame back to our desired position.
The good thing is that you can set the focus point to be dead centre or pick from one of 19 points in the focusing area. Furthermore, you can select from five focus zones. It's a little tedious trying to change focus modes, as you have to bring up the menu on the LCD screen by pressing the Q button, then select the mode, and then the actual focal point. A shortcut so that you could change the focal point while looking through the viewfinder would be optimal.
We love the viewfinder...
- DCRP Review: Canon EOS-7DPros: Very good photo quality, with a good lens; Low noise levels through ISO 1600 in low light, and ISO 3200 in good light; Solid, well built body -- perfect right hand grip makes it easy to hold; Beautiful 3-inch LCD display with good outdoor visibility; Large optical viewfinder with 100% coverage and unique embedded transmissive LCD; Robust performance in nearly all areas; Full manual controls, and then some; Three RAW sizes available -- capable editing software included; New 19-point autofocus system with zone and AF point expansion options; Live view with three focus modes, histogram and composition grids, and frame enlargement; Super-fast continuous shooting mode; Highly customizable, whether it's buttons, Picture Styles, menus, or settings; Handy electronic level feature; Built-in wireless flash control; Peripheral illumination correction effectively reduces vignetting; Can shoot HD videos at 1920 x 1080 with sound, at your choice of 24 or 30 fps (a 720p60 option is also available) -- ISO, shutter speed, and aperture can be adjusted -- stereo sound available via optional external microphone; Remote capture software included; Optional battery grip, which supports AAs;
Available (and very expensive) wireless file transmitter
Cons: RAW images are sharper, have better dynamic range at high ISOs than JPEGs; Sluggish contrast detect AF in live view mode; Controls can be overwhelming at first; Histogram blocks a good portion of the live view
The EOS-7D is Canon's top-of-the-line APS-C digital SLR that fits between the EOS-50D and the full-frame EOS-5D Mark II. It offers superb photo quality, great build quality, super-fast continuous shooting, a nice LCD and optical viewfinder, Full HD movie recording, and more customizable buttons, dials, and menus than any camera I've tested. There's not a whole lot to complain about. Images can be overexposed at times, and highlights get clipped a bit more than I'd like. Getting the best image quality at high ISOs requires shooting RAW and doing some post-processing. And, as is usually the case, contrast detect autofocus in live view mode is quite sluggish. The EOS-7D is an excellent D-SLR that I can highly recommend.Read full review
- Canon EOS 7D ReviewPros: Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail
Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor
Rugged construction with magnesium body and weather sealing
Good ergonomics with highly customizable user interface
Quick Menu system
The usual Canon enhancements: HTP, ALO, Lens Peripheral Illumination
New Live View/Movie mode switch is well-conceived
Live View mode works very well
Live View mode offers a choice between phase-detect, contrast-detect modes, plus Face detect mode
Zoom in five or ten times with Live View
Accurate color and saturation
Saturation and contrast settings work well
Fast burst rate of 8 frames per second
14-bit RAW with no speed penalty (unlike D300/D300S)
New AF system with 19 cross-type sensors
AF fine tuning by lens
100% VF (we measured only ~98% though), with 1.0x magnification
Wireless flash support built-into pop-up flash
Fast flash recycling (2.7 seconds)
On-demand viewfinder grid, also shows active AF area in AI Servo (similar to Nikon)
Full HD (1920x1080) movies at 30/25/24p, 60/50p at 1280x720 and 640x480
HDMI output for direct playback on HDTVs
Dust removal technology largely eliminates sensor cleaning chores
3.0-inch, 921,600-dot LCD with a wide viewing angle for better Live View, image sharing, and focus check
Expanded ISO offering raises options in low-light situations
Integrated status display conveys a lot of information
Fast image transfer eliminates the need for a card reader
Picture Styles makes choosing and customizing color modes fast and easy
Compatible with over 50 lenses and accessories
Available WFT-E5 wireless grip
Dual-axis electronic level
Selectable auto-rotation feature rotates on the camera or only in the computer
Shutter button design allows followup shots without refocusing
Print quality is excellent, making sharp 24x36-inch prints
Great shot-to-shot, shutter lag, and cycle time numbers
Enhanced AE Bracketing feature (but still only 3 shots)
Good software bundle that includes Digital Photo Pro RAW conversion software
RAW files serve up incredible detail
Reduced-size RAW options
Supports both wired and wireless remotes
Very good battery life with optical viewfinder
External microphone jack
The long-rumored Canon 7D has finally materialized: an advanced subframe digital SLR that Canon says is in the same class as the 5D Mark II. This is not the 60D with a new name, we're told, but a whole new line; whether the 7D supplants the 50D is not clear.Read full review
What is clear is that the Canon EOS 7D is replete with features, many of which seem like the fulfillment of an enthusiast checklist. Other features are clear responses to just about every corner of the digital SLR market, features that are heretofore only seen on one or two cameras from Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, and even Canon's Rebel line. The end result is that much of what Canon users may have admired in other cameras is now available in the Canon 7D.
Competition is good.
The Canon 7D also goes a long way toward tempering fears that the next round of Canon digital SLRs would be full-frame, as several of the advancements take advantage of the sensor's smaller size to achieve greater frame rates. Though the new sensor is 18 megapixels, the Canon 7D is still capable of capturing eight frames per second while maintaining 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion thanks to its dual DIGIC 4 processors. That makes the Canon 7D essentially the company's pro-grade subframe digital camera, going up against the Nikon D300S, leaving the current 50D to compete with the Nikon D90. It's interesting that Canon has essentially had no camera in this category until now.
There's a lot of detail to fill in, but let's get to the walkaround first to provide the usual context. The Canon 7D is similar in size to the EOS 50D, just a little larger, measuring 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 inches (148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mm), and weighing 33.3 ounces (2.08 pounds, 945g) with a battery and CF card. With the 28-135mm kit lens, it weighs 51.75 ounces (3.23 pounds, 1,467g).
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|Product Type||Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 Megapixel|
|Optical Sensor Type||CMOS|
|Total Pixels||19,000,000 pixels|
|First Seen On Google Shopping||September 2009|