Canon EOS 7D

Last updated (13 March’13):
– Canon 5D Mark II vs Canon 7D Field Test Hands-on Review Vide by DigitalRev
– New Firmware Update Version 1.2.1

Canon EOS 7D is a high-end DSLR camera features an all-new 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, a new all cross-type 19-point AF system with improved AI Servo AF, ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), 8.0 fps continuous shooting, New iFCL Metering with 63-zone dual-layer metering system uses both focus and color information to provide accurate exposure even in difficult lighting, Full HD video at 30p (29.97 fps), 24p (23.976 fps) and 25p, a magnesium alloy body that is dust- and weather-resistant and a 3 inch LCD monitor with 920,000 dots (VGA resolution) with a viewing angle of 160°.

The Canon EOS 7D has won the 2010 TIPA Awards in Best DSLR Expert category.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½


Canon EOS 7D Reviews

Canon 5D Mark II vs Canon 7D Field Test Hands-on Review Vide by DigitalRev; reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The Canon EOS 7D certainly holds its own against all other cameras in its class. I’d even say that it holds its own against its big brother, the 5D Mark II, unless you want full frame. The AF focusing system is a joy to use, and its image quality is superb. Plus, its rugged build quality and ability to produce high quality images in both RAW and JPEG make it well worth the money. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

VisualScienceLab reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“if you need a great camera for most normal stuff and you’re sloppy sometimes and you drink too much coffee and your spouse has you on a restricted optical mechanical budget…….this is a pretty darn convincing camera….Final summation: a Canon DSLR with legitimate soul. I’d buy it again.”
Rating: N/A

AlphaMountWorld reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The more you use the 7D the more impressed you are with it. Canon obviously listened to photographers when they designed this camera…. If you can only afford one body and shoot a variety of subject matter, you really could do no better than to get yourself a 7D. It’s a camera that can competently tackle just about any task.”
Rating: N/A

KenRockwell reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The 7D goes to crazy-high ISOs, but like all small-sensor cameras, the images look awful above about ISO 3,200. Technically and for large prints, the Canon 5D Mark II is in a completely different class than the 7D. If you worry about these things, you deserve the 5D Mark II. “
Rating: N/A

Shutterbug reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“I was pleased with the results and how well the camera handled and focused under these conditions, although I occasionally struggled with the camera’s menus to make changes such as turning off the focus indicators on the LCD screen.”
Rating: N/A

Video Review by TigerDirect;

RegHardware reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“With the time between releases getting shorter, this camera now shares the limelight with a cheaper, plastic-bodied cousin, the EOS 550D. While the EOS 7D was very much vital yesterday, it now seems less of the exciting video tool it once was, yet it delivers nonetheless.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Wired reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“the 7D is an outstanding shooter on nearly every level. So, if you don’t need — or want — to spring for a full-frame DSLR, but want a tough, easy-to-use and ridiculously customizable camera that makes pro-quality images at an affordable price, then you’d be silly not to consider this camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoCrati reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“Buy the Canon EOS 7D for its awesome still capture capabilities. This DSLR is hard to beat in an APS-C camera. But, aside from the Canon 10-22 and 60 macro, you might want to look elsewhere for APS-C lenses. I was not blown away by the 17-55 IS and 18-200 IS lenses that I tested—lens creep being a chief concern, especially in the longer lens.”
Rating: N/A

MacWorld reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“We love the feel of the EOS 7D, and despite its power it’s an easy camera to use, even if you’re not used to Canon’s digital SLR control schemes. The EOS 7D was able to capture some great images, especially in dim lighting with a high ISO, and it produced vibrant results in bright conditions. .”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“This is a well rounded camera that offers class leading results in almost all categories tested, especially when it comes to burst capture. If you are a serious photographer looking for a rugged work horse for a wide range of photography (from sports, nature, or weddings), I highly recommend you take a look at this model.”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The range from ISO 100 to 800 can produce a 20×30-inch print with ease. Yes, I said ISO 800. Most cameras have results that are limited to 11×14 at that setting. By ISO 1,600 we need a slight reduction to 16×20 inches. That’s really crazy, and by that I mean good. ISO 3,200 shots are great at 13×19-inches. ISO 6,400 shots increase in contrast and noise, but are still usable at 11×14 inches, and with the same comments, the ISO 12,800 shots are quite usable at 8×10.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBay reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“the 7D produces solid high-resolution images that will satisfy most pixel peepers, budding amateurs and many pro photographers. If you’re a pro on a budget, you could do a lot worse than add a 7D to your kit. While the 7D is not the best thing since sliced bread and it’s image quality doesn’t challenge the 5D Mark II, it’s a big step in the right direction. The Canon 7D gets an easy recommendation from me.”
Rating: N/A

PCmag reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The Canon EOS 7D is one of the best midrange D-SLRs money can buy. But if you don’t need comprehensive video recording features or ultra-high-resolution images, there are a handful of competing D-SLRs that produce comparable image quality for half the price.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCI reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“This is a big camera, but it’s well-balanced and the grip is nicely sculpted, with a rubberized, textured coating the feels good and make it easy to hang on tight when moving fast. There are plenty of buttons for immediate access to key shooting settings plus an effective quick menu system..”
Rating: N/A

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“Toting around this camera is like holding a wild beast in your hands – this sucker could handle a NASCAR race with ease…We have no reservations about giving the Canon EOS 7D an Editor’s Choice designation..”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The good: Very fast; excellent photo quality; flexible autofocus system; big, bright viewfinder; streamlined interface; adds wireless flash control. The bad: Single card slot; some annoying small and hard-to-feel buttons; limited to three shots for bracketing; Live View focusing still slow.The bottom line: An excellent midrange dSLR, the Canon EOS 7D delivers for the money. “

Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The autofocus is pretty good, image quality is very good, and ISO noise is good considering the resolution. The camera zings along at 8 fps when it needs to and will do that all day before the buffer fills if you’re shooting JPEGS. There’s true 1080p HD video if you’re into that sort of thing and the whole package is well built and designed to resist the elements.”
Rating: N/A

PDNGearGuide reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“the HD video capabilities of the 7D are the best we’ve ever seen for a digital SLR. (The only things missing are a built-in stereo microphone and Continuous Autofocus.”
Rating: N/A

BobAtkins reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The new EOS 7D would be an excellent choice for any serious photographer and will certainly appeal to sports and action photographers who can benefit from the 8fps continuous shooting rate and totally new AF system. It provides a very cost effective alternative to the new EOS 1D MkIV for sports shooters”
Rating: N/A

WDC reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“Overall, the 7D will be an aspiration for all amateur photographers, and those who purchase will not be disappointed.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Gizmodo compares the Canon EOS 7D to Nikon D300 and writes;
“Really, both the D300s and 7D deliver for the money, though I think the 7D delivers more, since it’s packed full of newer technology and for the people who want it, the video component is truly killer..”
Rating: N/A

TheDigitalPicture reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The bottom line is that the 7D is Canon’s new king-of-the-APS-C DSLRs – clearly the best yet. Though I would like to see sharper results at lower sharpness settings, the Canon EOS 7D turns in great performance and great image quality in a great package.”
Rating: N/A

NeutralDay reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“I think the EOS 7D easily offers the best value in its class, and doing any better would mean spending much more money on a full frame camera. Because of this, I can’t recommend the EOS 7D enough to would-be consumers looking for a top-of-the-line APS-C DSLR camera. Therefore, I’m giving the EOS 7D a rare “Essential” rating. It’s simply as good as it gets for a crop sensor camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Canon EOS 7D video review by WDC;ePhotozine reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“Overall, performance is of a very high order and the pictures I got in my short time with the camera I was perfectly happy with, so it is undoubtedly worthy of recommendation.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The Canon EOS 7D offers awesome continuous-shooting speeds, an excellent HD movie mode with full manual controls, class-leading resolution, excellent high-ISO performance, and an all-metal, weather-sealed body. It’s got a couple of glitches, but it’s a corking camera”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“It may not boast the full-frame sensor and the ultimate image quality of the 5D Mark II, but in every other respect it excels. Taking everything into consideration, the EOS 7D is arguably Canon’s most successful and satisfying overall DSLR to date.”

Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The Canon EOS 7D is without doubt one of the best cameras currently available, offering fantastic build quality, lightning fast performance and superb image quality in virtually any conditions. It is more expensive than its main rivals, but it’s worth the extra for a camera this good..”
Rating: ★★★★★

BHP has published a preview the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“From 8fps burst shooting with Zone Autofocus to HD frame rate selection and dedicated video controls, the 7D is the very first camera of its kind. In both handling and capability, the camera directly addresses the needs of creative image makers and professionals.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“Long exposures were almost noise-free up to ISO 6400, after which noise became visible. However, image noise in a six-second exposure at ISO 12800 was less intrusive than we’ve seen in shots taken at ISO 3200 with most of the DSLRs we’ve tested.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Video review by SimplyElectronics;

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“We love the feel of the EOS 7D — even its relatively heavy weight — and we think it’s an easy camera to use, even if you’re not used to Canon’s D-SLR control schemes. It was able to capture some stunning images, especially in dim lighting with a high ISO, and it produced vibrant results in bright conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“A series of ISO test images show the amount of detail retained up to ISO 2000 is good, above ISO 3200 details starts to drop away but noise is still well controlled. Above ISO 6400 and detail is stripped away making images seem rather fuzzy, which is a shame.”
Rating: ★★★★½

NeoCamera reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“Image quality when it comes to noise is awesome. This 18 megapixels camera produces clear results up to ISO 1600, perfectly usable for large prints and even remains usable to ISO 12,800 for smaller prints. While-balance is very good except under artificial light. This is typical and not much of a problem because custom white-balance is right on..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

HardwareZone reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“we would recommend that whoever owns an xxD series to upgrade, because this is as good as it gets for a 1.6x crop camera. You can either choose to get current technology and enjoy it while you can, or you can wait a year to see what else Canon can deliver. In short, go get the 7D. You won’t regret it.”
Rating: ★★★★½

TechRadar compares the Canon EOS 7D to EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“For the most fine-grained image quality, and particularly for professional photographers who cover tricky events such as weddings, the 5D MKII is the one to go for. The full frame sensor and massive resolution give you control over your pictures that the 7D just doesn’t match.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon EOS 7D and writes;
“The new 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and expanded ISO range produce virtually no visible noise at all from ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 1600, with even the three faster settings of 3200-12800 producing perfectly usable images. All other image quality aspects are up to Canon’s usual high standards, so top marks go to the 7D in this department.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraTown compares the EOS 7D to EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“The EOS 5D Mark II clearly has a shallow DOF due to the larger sensor, but both cameras produced nearly identical sharpness at the focal point..”
Rating: N/A

Canon EOS 7D Preview Video by WDC;

Canon EOS 7D Preview Video by WhichUK;

Canon EOS 7D Preview Video by EOSNetwork;

Canon EOS 7D 8.0 fps continuous shooting demo by ImagingResource;


Canon EOS 7D Sample Photos

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Canon 7D VS Nikon D300 Sample Photos @ NeutralDay
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Canon 7D Sample Photos @ NeoCamera
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Canon 7D Sample Photos by Jeff Ascough
– Canon EOS 7D Sample Photos: ISO 3200 | ISO 6400 | ISO 12800 @ RobGalbraith
Canon 7D Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Canon 7D Sample Photos @ Dpreview
Canon 7D Sample Photos @ Canon Japan

Canon EOS 7D Sample Videos

EOS 7D VS EOS 5D Mark II HD Video;


Canon EOS 7D User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Canon EOS 7D Pocket Guide (PDF – 1.1 MB)
– Download Canon EOS 7D User Manual (PDF – 6.6 MB)

Canon EOS 7D Firmware

Download Canon EOS 7D Version 1.2.1

• Extends the timing at which the high temperature warning indicator is displayed and the timing of automatic shut down of the camera due to a rise in internal temperature during Live View or EOS Movie functions.
• Optimizes program shift when the ISO setting of the camera is set to AUTO.
• Corrects a misspelling in the French-language menu.
• Corrects a phenomenon in which vertical magenta-colored banding appears in still images taken in movie-shooting mode.


Canon EOS 7D Features

18.0 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors for high image quality and speed.


The EOS 7D features a Canon-designed 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor that captures such a high level of resolution it’s easy to crop images for enlargement without concern of losing detail. A major factor in reducing noise, the CMOS sensor assures that images shot at highest sensitivity will be remarkably smooth. Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors ensure that images are captured, processed and saved with remarkable speed. The EOS 7D’s ability to capture and process data of images shot at 18.0 Megapixels at 8 fps, as well as Face Detection Live Mode, Full HD video recording, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Lens Peripheral optimization are all possible thanks to the Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors.

ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800) for shooting from bright to dim light.

With a broad range of ISO settings, the EOS 7D enables shooting from dawn through dusk and ensures capture of the finest detail. With enhanced, low-noise high-sensitivity optimization, shooting in situations previously possible only with flash becomes as simple as point and shoot.

8.0 fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large/JPEGs with UDMA CF card and 15 RAW.

Capable of shooting up to 126 Large/JPEGs with a UDMA CF card and 15 RAW at 8 fps, the EOS 7D is a perfect camera for action. Canon’s remarkable shutter, combined with speedy, sophisticated electronics, ensures instant response and performance. A rapidly-occurring scene can be captured moment by moment, second by second, so that even the briefest of opportunities are captured in perfect clarity.

Advanced movie mode with manual exposure control and selectable frame rates: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 1280 x 720 (HD): 60p (59.94) / 50p, 640 x 480 (SD): 60p (59.94) / 50p.

Boasting the most advanced EOS movie capturing features to date, the EOS 7D does not just shoot video clips, it offers the enhanced image quality, smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure compensation necessary in a professional movie-making tool. By shooting video with a large sensor camera, it’s simple to take advantage of the image characteristics intrinsic to SLR photography and not necessarily to video cameras. In addition to a number of different recording size and frame rate modes, the EOS 7D enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features and even allows for in-camera editing. The large CMOS sensor and compatibility with over 60 lenses provide a wealth of depth-of-field options. And it’s all as easy as the press of a button — the EOS 7D has a dedicated Live View/Movie Recording lever with a start/stop button that gets the shooting started fast.

Intelligent Viewfinder with 100% field of view, wide viewing angle of 29.4°, high magnification of 1.0, intelligent viewfinder with glass pentaprism and an overlaid LCD display in viewfinder supports various shooting styles.

The EOS 7D features a phenomenal redesigned viewfinder that not only offers 100 percent coverage, 1x magnification, a 29.4° angle of view and user-controlled dioptric adjustment, it also features a newly-designed transparent LCD display which enables a number of viewfinder displays to be overlaid at the touch of a button. Whereas with other cameras the representation of AF points and metering areas are static, with the EOS 7D, they can be displayed, adjusted and hidden, in camera, with ease. This means less distraction and more clarity to view the image in its entirety. Display options include: grid, spot metering, AF points display, hide all, zone AF, spot (single-point) AF, AF point expansion and Dual Axis Electronic Level display.

The EOS 7D even features a brilliant new Dual Axis Electronic Level and tilt display that aids in achieving perfectly level shots, displaying both roll and pitch in 1° increments, either in the viewfinder or on the LCD.

New 19-point, all cross-type AF system equipped with dual diagonal cross-type sensors in center at f/2.8 and f/5.6 and AF area selection modes to match various shooting situations.

Canon packed its most advanced technologies into the EOS 7D’s AF system. With 19 high-precision, cross-type AF sensors, any of which can be selected automatically or manually, the EOS 7D is equipped to handle even the trickiest of focus situations with ease. The high-speed microcomputers in the EOS 7D use advanced algorithms that help ensure the fastest, most accurate AF performance under the widest variety of conditions. In addition, Canon’s Light Source detection AF automatically compensates the focus by taking into account artificial lighting sources and making appropriate adjustments and the EOS 7D’s new Intelligent Macro focusing tracks the object or the camera’s movement when shooting close-up, to ensure focus is never lost. AF modes can be customized to suit the situation, ensuring reliable focus, every time.

Canon EOS 7D


Canon EOS 7D Specifications

Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor * • 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)

• 19 million total pixels
• 18 million effective pixels
• 3:2 aspect ratio

Image processor * Dual DIGIC 4
A/D conversion 14 bit
Image Sizes ( Still) * RAW
• 5184 x 3456
• 3888 x 2592

• 2592 x 1728
• 5184 x 3456
• 3456 x 2304
• 2592 x 1728

Image Sizes (Movie) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
File formats (Still)

• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) – Fine / Normal


File formats (Movie) MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Lenses • Canon EF / EF-S lens mount

• 1.6x field of view crop

Dust reduction • EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
• Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown – can be disabled)

• Dust Delete Data – Data from a test shot is used to ‘map’ dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software

Auto focus* • TTL-CT-SIR CMOS sensor
• 19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)

• Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
• AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)

Focus modes • One shot AF

• AI Servo AF
• AI Focus AF
• Manual focus

AF point selection

• Auto : 19 point
• Manual : Single point/ Spot/ AF point Expansion/ Zone

AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed
Predictive AF • Up to 8 m
AF assist • Stroboscopic flash
AF microadjust • +/- 20 steps
• Adjust all lenses by same amount/individually adjust up to 20 lenses
Metering* • TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
• Metering range: EV 1 – 20 EV
Metering modes*

• Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
• Partial (9.4% at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 2.3% at center)

• Center-weighted average

AE lock • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
• Manual: AE lock button
Exposure compensation* • +/-5.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure bracketing • +/- 2.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity *

• Auto ISO (100-3200)
• ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
• H (12800) expansion

Shutter • Focal-plane shutter
• 30 – 1/8000 sec
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments

• Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
• Bulb

Aperture values • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments

• Actual aperture range depends on lens used

White balance • Auto
• Daylight

• Shade
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• White Fluorescent light
• Flash

• Custom
• Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K in 100 K steps)

WB bracketing • +/-3 levels

• 3 images
• Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias

WB shift • Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)

• Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)

Picture style • Standard
• Portrait

• Landscape
• Neutral
• Faithful
• Monochrome
• User def. 1

• User def. 2
• User def. 3

Custom image parameters • Sharpness: 0 to 7

• Contrast: -4 to +4
• Saturation: -4 to +4
• Color tone: -4 to +4
• B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, Gvan

• B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G

Image processing

• Highlight tone priority
• Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)

• Long exposure noise reduction
• High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
• Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)

Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Viewfinder * • Eye-level pentaprism
• 100% frame coverage
• Approx. 1.0x maginification
• Eyepoint: 22 mm
• Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)

• Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter

Mirror • Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
• Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info *

• AF points
• Focus confirmation light

• Shutter speed
• Aperture value
• ISO speed (always displayed)
• AE lock
• Exposure level/compensation

• Spot metering circle
• Exposure warning
• AEB.
• Flash ready
• High-speed sync

• FE lock
• Flash exposure compensation
• Red-eye reduction light
• White balance correction
• CF card information

• Monochrome shooting
• Maximum burst (2 digit display)
• Highlight tone priority (D+)
• Grid
• Dual Axis Electronic level

LCD monitor • 3.0 " TFT LCD
• 920,000 pixels

• 100% coverage
• 160 ° viewing angle
• Coating : Anti-reflection and Solid Structure

LCD Live view

• Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
• 100% frame coverage
• 30 fps frame rate
• Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor

• Best view or exposure simulation
• Silent mode
• Grid optional (x2)
• Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
• Three AF modes – Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection

• Histogram
• Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)

Record review • Off

• On (histogram via INFO button)
• Display mode same as last used Play mode

Playback modes

1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot

2. As 1 but also image count and quality
3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram
4. Less detailed exposure info.,
thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms

Playback features • Optional blinking highlight alert
• Optional AF point display
• Magnified view (up to 1.5x – 10x)
• 2×2 or 3×3 thumbnail index
• Delete / Protect
Flash* • Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
• FOV coverage up to15 mm (27 mm equiv.)
• Guide number approx 12 m (ISO 100)

• Cycle time approx. 3 sec
• Flash compensation +/-3.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• X-Sync: 1/250 sec

External flash

• E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
• Wireless multi-flash support
• PC Sync

Shooting modes *

• Auto
• Creative auto
• Program AE (P)
• Shutter priority AE (Tv)
• Aperture priority AE (Av)

• Manual (M) Stills and Movie
• Custom settings 1
• Custom settings 2
• Custom settings 3

Drive modes

• Single
• High-speed continuous
• Low-speed continuous

• Self-timer: 2sec + remote, 10sec + remote

Burst buffer * Approx. 8 fps (speed maintained for up to 126 JPEGs (with UDMA card), 15 images (RAW))
Orientation sensor Yes
Auto rotation • On (recorded and LCD display)
• On (recorded only)
• Off
Custom functions * 27 Custom Fubctions with 70 settings
Menu languages

• English
• German

• French
• Dutch
• Danish
• Portuguese
• Finnish

• Italian
• Norwegian
• Swedish
• Spanish
• Greek

• Russian
• Polish
• Czech
• Hungarian
• Romanian

• Ukrainian
• Turkish
• Arabic
• Thai
• Simplified Chinese

• Traditional Chinese
• Korean
• Japanese

Firmware User upgradable
Portrait grip • Optional BG-E7 Battery Grip
• Optional WFT-E5 Wireless File Transfer Grip

• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Video output (PAL/ NTSC)
• HDMI connector

• N3 type wired remote control
• PC Sync flash terminal
• External microphone (Stereo mini jack)
• Communication terminal on base for WFT-E5


• Compact Flash Type I or II
• Supports UDMA and Microdrive cards
• External storage via optional WFT-E5
Power • Lithium-Ion LC-E6 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
• CR1616 Lithium battery (date/time backup)

• Optional AC adapter

Wireless connectivity
(optional WFT-E5)
• Mounts on base of camera and also acts as vertical grip

• Has its own BP-511A battery
• Wireless 802.11b / 802.11g
• Wireless security: WEP, TKIP/AES, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
• Wireless methods: Infrastructure or Ad Hoc
• Wired ethernet (100 Base-TX)

• Transfer: FTP, PTP (remote control by computer), HTTP (view / remote fire)
• USB host capable: External hard drives, flash drives
• USB comms: GPS devices (records coordinates and altitude in image header)

Dimensions 148 x 111 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 in)
Weight * • No battery: 820 g (1.8 lb)


Nikon D7000

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Sony SLT Alpha A55

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Sony A550

Overall Rating: N/A

Nikon D300

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Sony A900

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

46 Responses to “Canon EOS 7D”

  1. Agustinus says:

    Love the sound of 8fps on the demo video.. Sample photos look great! Me definately want one..

  2. Gerhard says:

    I bought a used 1D3 recently to add to my 40D…. You think the wife will understand that I just have to upgrade the 40D now?

  3. Jesse says:

    In this case, if is 50D~ You can explain but she will never understand. But 7D can take video, so is very easy to understand. 🙂

  4. Saravanan says:

    what will happen if i buy an eos 7d and use the EF lens series..what is the xact diff between usin an EF and EF-s lens in an ASP-c camera.and which is best for and ASP-C..bcuz im not impressed by the EF-s lenses so i opt for an EF lens which will be good.

  5. Gerhard says:

    EF-S lenses are only compatilble with 1.6 crop factor eos cameras ie Rebel and xxD (and now 7D).
    You can not use them on a 5D or 1D on 35mm film camera.
    EF lenses fit all.
    There is no such thing as “I am not impressed by EF-S lenses so I bought EF lens” because the EF-S/EF only indicate the sensor size they are made for. You get average EF-S lenses and great EF-S lenses just like you get average EF lenses and great EF lenses.
    On the EF range, the choice is easy. If the lens has an “L” in it’s name, it means that that is the best you can get from Canon.
    So, read up on the specs and check the price. An EF-S lens like the 28-200 3.5-5.6 is cheap, light and average. It can not compare in quality to a 70-200 2.8 L IS. But then the price, size and weight is in a different league too. In the same way, the EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS is a very very good lens. Hope this helps

  6. choen says:

    Can’t help it but notice the lack of snap in the still samples (from here and 100% uncompressed jpegs elsewhere). Very soft, with rather smudgy details too.

    The video mode however promises quite something else.

  7. Andy says:

    I bought two of them and am returning both. The images just aren’t up to snuff, and the noise, while less color noise than my rebel XT, is highly visible even in some ISO 100 shots. If you’re going to sell stock photos to agencies like I am, this is not the camera for you because they don’t tolerate noise.

    I’m buying a used 5D and pocketing the rest of the money for some good glass. If you want to shoot something other than fast action, I’d advise you to do the same. The controls and focus of the 7D rule.

  8. wow all these reviews really makes me want to get this camera. I have and shoot with the 5d mark II and love everything about it.

    when or what is the pro camera version

  9. Bill says:

    I’d like to see some samples from an actual production camera. I think all the photos I’ve seen so far are from pre-production cameras. I can’t help but think noise will be cleaned up a bit in production models but squeezing all those pixels in that APS-C sensor probably was not a wise choice. Frankly, I would have liked to see Canon stay at 15mp or less with all the other features and speed. They went that route with the G11 and the pics from that camera look much better than the G10 especially above ISO 200. Probably stay with my 50D for now.

  10. Eric says:

    Andy, what software did you use for processing? I heard that for now the Canon DPP is much better than Lightroom or Photoshop pertaining to noise. Did you use RAW or JPEGs? Trying to choose between a 7D and a 5Dmk2 – I wish the 5Dmk2 sensor was in the 7D body. Does the 5D have less noise than your 7Ds?

  11. Onteo says:

    It does not make sense what you say, the review from already is with fully functional firmware and production marketable camera.

    The reviews are far more positive than with the 50D and yet you keep the whining and naysaying…

    The double digic 4 and the new sensor technology + NR processing is really a step up from the 50D. Full stop, many reviews are a proof of it.

  12. What Haveyou says:

    “and yet you keep the whining and naysaying…”

    WTF, the guy made one comment!

    And it stands to reason that if they did this well with noise at this pixel density, they could have done even better with lower density.

    And noise reduction shouldn’t even factor in, because you should be shooting raw. The point is to reduce noise at the sensor, not to clean the mess up later with some bullshit processing that destroys the image.

    The asinine megapixel war has utterly destroyed the small point-&-shoot market in terms of picture quality.

  13. Carl Ot says:

    So you love the 5D’s inexplicable lack of 24 & 25 FPS?

  14. Loren says:

    Here are some photos from my first test shoot with this camera:

    It was also my first attempt at using strobes.

  15. I have the 5D Mark II and love it, a friend of mine who shoots video bought this camera just for shooting wedding video. This promises to pave the way for much more expanded creativity for us professionals.


  16. Nick Turpin says:

    I have been using the 5dmkII and 1dsmkIII for the last year for my commercial work and have been extremely happy with them, I bought the 7D three days ago specifically for a faster shooting body and am wholeheartedly regretting it…the image quality is SO far below the cameras I am used to that I don’t really consider it useable commercially even for editorial….to be completely honest I have yet to get a sharp image out of the camera even shooting RAW in good light with 1/500 at 100 iso the files look grainy, soft and a little blurred, whatever shutter speed I use they appear to have a little movement when I zoom into them. I know what to expect from Canons and this is not it.

  17. nj says:

    canon as well as some others going strange ways these days; to gap the bridge between amateur and pro…. mmmh?!
    the whole concept is a wild mix of features one side would benefit from,you’d pay for but would never need or use;

    first a pro sets up his exposure to his liking and always tweaks; 8 fps are nice but they are too much for stills & studio; too less for pro. sports & action; the new AF system may be an improvement for both worlds; but i’ve never seen a pro not having one hand on the ring for quick adjustments relying on the AF only;
    video ?? did I get this right ? ok ; definitely a must have pro feature; the same for the build in flash !
    dual processor for continuous jpg processing till the card vaporises; def a pro feature.
    aps-c in production; i’d sure pay for a prime on a aps-c or take one of these “nice” efs glasses; to sum it up: really sound like an automatic skill upgrade device form amateur to pro;

    def. worth €2000 …

  18. I purchased this camera about 2 months ago and took it on a month land trip through thailands islands. The camera performed amazingly! I took it through high humidity environments, walking through the ocean, with monkies on a beach, sailing, through the cities and it never failed me once. I would recommend this camera for anyone pro or semi pro

  19. it’s Great for me…
    More powerfully to shoot at Golf Course specially tee off moment …

  20. kampnman says:

    February 2010 my brother and I both purchased two 7D’s and had the exact same results on all Video record formats. Indoor at 67 degrees within the first 10 minutes (or less) Video recording the Overheating icon displayed and shortly there after the camera shut down for overheating. Used a brand name 32gig UDMA 60mg/s card, tried other cards same results. Canon Customer Service does not recognize this as a design problem and suggests it’s to our specific cameras. They offered to warranty or send back to seller for refund or exchange. As I research this problem on the web, it’s a big problem abroad. I bought this camera specifically for video. I think it’s a good camera for stills, however if your buying for video like I did, beware for overheating and shut downs. Hopefully Canon will resolve as the videographers market share is becoming huge for DSLR’s and only stands to benefit in additional sales. My brother and I both returned both of our cameras for refund.

  21. Brad says:

    Note that the video recording shuts down every 12 minutes regardless of overheating… I actually got the icon after about 45 minutes of recording (and restarting every 12 minutes) and didn’t realize what it was. I was able to continue recording for quite some time with the icon flashing, until my 32GB memory card filled up.

  22. Ashley says:

    I recently bought this camera and am in love with it. The picture quality is outstanding and there are plenty of interesting features too.

    If you plan on purchasing a good Digital SLR Camera, I would definitely recommend this one.

  23. John says:

    I’ve owned a 7D for several weeks and find the multiple buttons and controls to be most confusing. Why the need for 2 auto focus controls? Menus and explainations in the manual are not helpful. The auto focus indicators are “floating” – when shooting there may be 2 in one position, then 1 at another point, then 3 at still another position every time the button is depressed. One would think that a single center point focus would be a logical default setting, but apparently not so!
    There are no selection options for say portrait, macro, action, etc which leaves a beginner at a total loss as how to set the camera for particular situation. While I realise this can be a crutch for some individuals, it is certainly desirable for beginners.
    There is an auto iso setting but this ONLY works when setting the camera at full auto.
    The first time I used the camera I accidently pushed a button that blackened the back screen, and even after 2 experienced photographers spent a half hour with the manual, none of us was able to return the screen to display anything. No on in our local camera store where I bought the camera was of ANY help! It was days later that I again accidently pressed a button left of the screen that it returned to life. I’ve no interest in shooting movies – and this feature just adds more buttons and useless instructions to the product. I am not fond of the growing complexities in the continuing barrage of new products – there can be little doubt that the next generation of cameras will provide phone service so ET can call home!
    Frankly, I’d trade back the 7D for my 400D in a heartbeat. I’ve taken photographs that have gained acceptances and awards around the world so I’m not exactly a novice! This is certainly NO camera for beginners, or even users with limited experience.

  24. Sergio says:

    I recently purchased this 7d. Excited, I went out and took pictures @ a wedding. I was so lost, I could not find the settings for my group pictures! I had about 10-15 people side by side and I had to choose between focusing between the right side, middle, or left side. I was terrified and frightning that I was gonna ruin it for my customer, I had no other choice but to lay it down and use my rebel instead! I wish someone can explain how I can focus to all and make me like this camera more than my rebel!

  25. chef009 says:

    I think that knowing your camera would serve anyone well. The rebel is lacking in every way compared with the 7D. Sergio, you just weren’t ready to use the 7D.

  26. Frank says:

    If your getting noise at ISO 100 with the 7D, there is something wrong. Either with your specific gear, your specific talent, or your “story”.

  27. Frank says:

    When I go to the store to buy a camera, the first question I ask myself when deciding on a new camera “Is this camera going to make me money?” I very rarely click that shutter for a photo that won’t make money for me. I started using the 7D and yes, it is making money for me.
    Every pro photographer is doing their own thing and so am I. The final print has to make my customer smile and that makes me smile.

  28. Map says:

    Hey John, I’ve got to disagree with you. I have this camera for a month now and it’s working with me like it’s made just for me. I think you just got to read the manual again because this camera give you TONS of manual functions more that the 400D. I’m sure you will get used to it after awhile because everyone learn to adapt; well, unless you are too old to do so.

  29. ranan says:

    Got this camera for 1 week and loving it. Purchased body only and used 24-105 and 70-200. So many possibilities on controls and customization. Read the manuals over and over again: readjust, read again, setup again, readjust again. Call it acclimatization. Still figuring how to get deep blue sky the way my Lumix LX3 does, without CPL filter though.

  30. Tongthaya Haa says:

    I am planing to buy Canon EOS 7D with 18-200 mm IS Lens by the end of this month, as a travel photographer I’ve selected that lens……… please advice me

  31. ranan says:

    most comments on this lens is the creeping effect and the not so durable lock. I don’t own it personally to comment further, though.

  32. guard says:

    I ask our german readers if they can send me a scan of the Photographie magazine where they talk about that camera. Thanks!

  33. blkdrgn says:

    Gentlemen, I have had the 7D since 3/2010 – just a couple of notes for those comments above –
    video – 12 mins to protect the sensor – nothing to do with 32 gig chips. it’s set for 12 mins a a max – or when the temp sensor determines that the cmos chip is getting hot – believe me don’t want to fry that one – \
    focus – man if someone would read the manual and understand WHY the focus points change then they would welcomw knowing what is being focused on.

    Do not shoot a wedding when you can understand the camera – that’s “pro” – I think not

    Dark blue sky with Lumix LX3 – internal preprocessing software when creating the jpeg file. Use photshop – it’s quick

    to be completely honest I have yet to get a sharp image out of the camera even shooting RAW in good light with 1/500 at 100 iso the files look grainy, soft and a little blurred, whatever shutter speed I use they appear to have a little movement when I zoom into them. I know what to expect from Canons and this is not it.

    WTF – I’m do model shoots, fashion, advertising, all the time and 16×20 is almost standard display – razor sharp unless I use cheaper glass

    all are IMHO – I have beat the hell out of this camera through South and Central America
    It’s a keeper

  34. Vincent Tassy says:

    Impressive camera.
    Fast, silent, good noise handling and it’s finally able to sync external flashes wirelessly !
    Like it alot !

  35. Doug says:

    You should familiarize yourself with your equipment before you go into battle. There is no A-DEP settings on the 7D which I think you are referring to with the group shot.

  36. Canon Indonesia just replaced my 7D body due to unknown defect (I guess firmware or preocessor), and the replacement was so much better in terms of focus and sharpness. This was with 24-105 f/4L, which I complained a lot before and even did microadjustment. I just came back from a week of photo-taking, most of them were great. Those which were not good was due to my own fault (IS off, shutter too low, etc.). And I didn’t touch the microadjustment at all.

    Maybe you can visit your distributor with some sample images?

  37. Sheldon says:

    Hi Sergio,

    Stop down your lens to say F6.3 to F8 and everyone should be in focus. All depending on your Flash power.

    – Sheldon

  38. sergio villagran says:

    I now have had my 7D for about 6-7 months. I use it every weekend on family portraits and not having good luck on getting a clear picture. I use continious soft box lights, Camera on Manual, Mostly on 1/50-60,2.8 and in single shot. After a shoot of about 200 pictures of grown adults (still, and posing)only about 85-100 are good ones. The rest are blurry! I am using a Tamron 17-55 with VC! When my wife shoots behind me or aside from me, with the Rebel spare camera, they are almost all good! I can say she is having better pictures with the rebel than me with my 7d! bad comparison but, I use mostly hers! Wat on earth am I doing wrong????

  39. sergio villagran says:

    I forgot to mention, I use a CF card with 60mbs. vs her slower 15mb and 266x. I have even tried swapping out cards with her and it still comes out the same!

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  44. Allan says:

    Beautiful camera, lousy pictures. Often blurry and noisy, (speckled) useless in low light.
    Too ramped up for it’s own good.

  45. richard says:

    need help how to install picture style on canon 7d. whenever i try to install the picture style on my camera, the message always says “out of memory”? does it mean that my eos utility version is not compatible with firmware on 7D. for info, my eos utility installed on my computer is ver 2.8 and the firmware on my 7d is 2.0.3. need your expertise regarding this matter. thanks much.

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