Made to be the tool of choice for serious photographers and semi-professionals, the EOS 7D features an all-new 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, capturing tremendous images at up to ISO 12800 and speeds of up to 8 fps. The EOS 7D has a new all cross-type 19-point AF system with improved AI Servo II AF subject tracking and user-selectable AF area selection modes for sharp focus no matter the situation. The EOS 7D’s Intelligent Viewfinder, an entirely newly-designed technology, provides 100% coverage and displays user-selected AF modes as well as a spot metering circle and on demand grid lines. New iFCL Metering with 63-zone dual-layer metering system uses both focus and color information to provide accurate exposure even in difficult lighting. The EOS 7D also captures Full HD video at 30p (29.97 fps), 24p (23.976 fps) and 25p with an array of manual controls, including manual exposure during movie shooting and ISO speed selection. The EOS 7D features a magnesium alloy body that is dust- and weather-resistant and shutter durability of up to 150,000 cycles. Compatible with over 60 EF and EF-S lenses as well as with EOS System accessories, the creative opportunities – not just with stills but also with video – are beyond amazement.
If you shoot with Canon xxD or Digital Rebel (xxxD/xxxxD) series body Canon EOS 7D is a great upgrade. It is clearly the best APS-C camera in Canon lineup, and probably the best among the competition, but this depends more on entire SLR system of choice. Whether one should upgrade from Canon 40D/50D to Canon 7D or not? I think this is very personal decision. If you think that all the improvements are worth the money you need to spend for upgrade, you will be happy with 7D. I moved from Canon 40D to Canon 7D for improved AF and weather sealing primary, but the overall impressions after the upgrade are very positive. Canon 7D is clearly a better camera overall. If you don’t need advanced AF and responsiveness of Canon 7D, but want the best image quality, you may consider Canon 5D mk II.
This is the camera that Canon enthusiasts, indeed many camera enthusiasts, have been waiting for, and I suspect it will sell very well. Check out the image quality results to see whether it’s worthy. Our initial impressions are quite good.
The Canon EOS 7D is a camera that can convince in all areas, and at its current pricing is going to be a very serious competitor for Nikon’s flagship APS-C DSLR, the D300S. It offers excellent image quality in all shooting situations and an impressive speed of operation, combined with very good build quality and ergonomics. Both its specification and the results of our testing make it a very easy recommendation.
Canon’s EOS 7D is a direct response to Nikon’s D300s. The company has taken a good long look at the areas where Nikon always had the edge over models like the EOS 40D and 50D, and addressed almost all of them here. No longer can Nikon claim a bigger viewfinder, faster continuous shooting, colour-based metering, on-demand viewfinder graphics, wireless flash control or superior AF as reasons to go for its model over its closest rival.
When the Canon EOS 7D was announced at the beginning of September 2009, many people instantly dismissed it because of the lack of a full-frame sensor. On closer inspection, that seems to be their loss, as the 7D is a fantastic APS-C DSLR that only narrowly misses out on our highest 5 Star / Essential award.
Overall, I think Canon have succeeded in most areas in giving us a camera that is better than any previous APS-C offering before. The 7D is undeniably the flagship Canon APS-C camera. I have no hesitation in recommending this camera.
There was a lot of commotion in the enthusiast community about the Canon 7D pixel-crammed sensor. The 15 megapixel EOS 50D was not among the Canon’s most successful products and the new 18 megapixel camera made photographers fear the worse – excessive noise without noticeable increase in resolved resolution.
The real-life results however are far from that and they are actually quite promising. The noise is well contained and has a more tolerable film-grain-like look – that’s way better than what most people expected from the most pixel-dense APS-C sensor on the market.
The high-megapixel sensor however turned quite taxing on the current lens designs and as far as resolved detail is concerned, you won’t be able to make full use of those 18 megapixels unless you have one of the handful lenses that can put up with the increased demand.
On the other hand, the excellent design, ergonomics, unmatched video recording, and lots of innovative features make the Canon EOS 7D a ground-breaking camera not only within the Canon portfolio but for the market in general.
Sensor size was also a surprising issue. It was funny how much the big sensor of the 5D MII was actually a bit of an obstacle, both in focal length, depth of field and also just sheer file size. Between that and the physical size of the cameras, not to mention the great quality of all the files at a practical print size, well, we’re left with the old saying, use the right tool for the job. For the most part, the 5D MII felt a little bit like overkill, and honestly, the 50D was probably the most fun to shoot with. I’m not sure if, on having this assignment and having access to both cameras, I wouldn’t pick the 50D out of the bag as my first choice.
Focal Length test using Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II L and Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, Rolling shutter test using Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, Low light test using Canon 50mm f/.12 L at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400