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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The competition

There isn’t really any direct competition with the Canon EOS 7D. Nikon’s top-end APS-C-format DSLR, the D300s, has a considerably lower resolution of 12.3 million effective pixels. It also has a street price of around £1,250, almost £450 less than the current street price of the EOS 7D.

Meanwhile, the 14.6-million-pixel Pentax K-7 retails for around £1,000. Although the Nikon D300s and Pentax K-7 are both impressive for their pixel count, neither can quite match the detail resolution of the EOS 7D.

It also trumps both of their maximum sensitivity expansion settings of ISO 6400. Without a head-to-head shoot-out it is difficult to say whether the Canon or the Nikon AF system is faster, but both beat the Pentax K-7. However, on paper at least, the Nikon 300s would appear to offer the slightly better deal with a detection range of -1-19EV instead of -0.5-18EV and a total of 51 AF points rather than 19.

The EOS 7D does, however, have more cross-type AF points than the D300s, as all 19 are biaxial rather than just 15 in the Nikon camera. Either model would meet the needs of the sports enthusiast, but some may be put off by the comparatively high cost of the EOS 7D.





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)
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
  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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