At last, it appears Canon has raised its game, in response to Nikon, and introducing a new breed of camera, the EOS 7D. We put it to the test...

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Canon EOS 7D


Canon EOS 7D review


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Canon EOS 7D review at a glance:

  • 18 million effective pixels
  • Live View on 3in,
  • 920,000-dot LCD screen
  • 1920x1080p (Full HD) video recording at 30fps
  • Wireless flash control
  • Street price approx £1,699

Canon EOS 7D review – Introduction

When I first received Canon’s press release for the EOS 7D, I assumed the camera was a full-frame model, perhaps bridging the gap between the EOS 5D Mark II and the EOS-1D Mark III (since updated to Mark IV). However, to my surprise, I discovered that it’s an 18-million-pixel APS-C-format camera.

However, as I ran my finger down the specification list, I mentally ticked off the features on the wish list that we at AP have been giving to Canon for the past couple of years. I almost punched the air when I read that finally, after all the other major manufacturers have already included it, Canon has built wireless flash control into one of its DSLRs.

There’s also a new 19-point AF system that borrows features from the EOS-1D Mark III. In addition, the EOS 7D introduces Canon’s new Focus Colour Luminance (iFCL) metering system, which uses subject distance, colour and luminance information to help inform the metering system.

It all adds up to a pretty exciting package, and it could signal that Canon is ready to take on the challenge that was first set by Nikon with the arrival of the D3 and D300 back in August 2007. The single number name of the EOS 7D also raises lots of questions, such as what cameras will we see above and below it in future Canon line-ups, and will there be a full-frame (or APS-H-format) camera beneath the recently announced EOS-1D Mark IV that uses the same technologies?

  1. 1. Canon EOS 7D review - Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range and gamut
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Our verdict and focal points
  11. 11. The competition
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