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Canon EOS 7D



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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...

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?

  • Video: MOV files, 1290x1080 pixels (at 29.97, 25 or 23.976fps), 1280x720 pixels (59.94 or 50fps), 640x480 pixels (59.94 or 50fps), max duration 29min 59secs or 4GB size
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, pop-up unit GN 12m @ ISO 100
  • White Balance: Auto, six presets, plus one customsetting and Kelvin adjustment
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1 dioptre
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane
  • Memory Card: CompactFlash (inc UDMA)
  • Output Size: 5184x3456 pixels
  • LCD: 3in Clear View II TFT with 920,000 dots and 160°
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec default or 1/8000sec with compatible EX series Speedlites
  • Sensor: Canon CMOS with 18 million effective pixels
  • AF Points: 19 points selectable individually or automatically in reflex mode, roaming-point in Live View mode
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.6x
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous high/continuous low, self timer (2 or 10sec delay), 8fps max for 126 large fine jpegs or approx 15 raw files
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3 or 1⁄2EV steps plus B
  • File Format: 14-bit raw, JPEG (two levels of compression available), S-RAW1, M-RAW, JPEG + raw(or S-raw or M-raw) simultaneously
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, Creative Auto, plus three custom modes
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery BP-511A (supplied)
  • Weight: 740g (without battery or card/s)
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3 or 1/2EV steps
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, One Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, contrast-detection AF in Live View mode
  • ISO: ISO 100-6,400 expandable to ISO 100-12,800
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF (EF-S compatible)
  • Dimensions: 145.5x107.8x73.5mm
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Metering System: 63-zone evaluative, centreweighted, spot (approx 2.3%) and partial (9.4%)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Compression: Two-stage JPEG

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