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Canon EOS 7D Review

By on May 31, 2012
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D


The Canon EOS 7D, which looks a lot like the EOS 50D, was introduced on September 2009.

One of its notable features is a built around 18 megapixel sensor with each pixel having a size of 4.3 microns. Canon says that with their gapless microlenses, the new APS-C sensor, gathers more light. But before you take note of that, you are more likely to notice first the impressive new viewfinder that is 1.0X magnification and 100% coverage. It presents a noticeable improvement over the 0.95X, 95% finder in the EOS 50D.

Another feature is a new AF system with a dedicated processor, dual Digic 4, making us realize that the 7D is designed for speed. The camera is also equipped with a shutter mechanism that allows 8 frames per second continuous shooting. The shutter is evaluated to produce 150,000 shots with speeds capable of up to 1/8000 sec, and having a flash sync speed of 1/250. Controlling groups of external flashguns is also possible by using its built-in-flash.

Canon EOS 7D is also having the Live view mode, a Video recording feature, a 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD Screen, a Pop-up flash and a weather sealing. Though, these features are present in some other DSLRs, it is surprising that in Canon EOS 7D, it all fits in just a single camera!

The camera’s video capabilities also offer a strong feature that gives the user more control over the clips they create. Recording from an external source is possible. Movie clips that are captured by the Canon EOS 7D are limited to twelve minutes in HD 1080p and 720p modes and it can last up to 24 minutes in the standard VGA mode.

19 autofocus points are arranged in a horizontal diamond pattern in the Canon 7D. The autofocus system is designed in such a way that it uses a translucent LCD display in the viewfinder. However, compared to other DSLRs, the Canon EOS 7D’s auto focusing function is not working while recording a video. You can only prompt a contrast-detect EF cycle before recording by hitting the AF button. During the recording process, the lens is manually focused.

A first in Canon that is found in the 7D is the wider range of built-in flash that can handle up to 15mm wide-angle lenses where the flash can also serve as the remote commander for up to three groups of flashes.

The Canon 7D body is about the same size as the EOS 50D, but it is a little larger. It measures 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 inches (148.2 x 110.7 x 733.5mm), and weighs 2.08 pounds (945g) with a battery and CF card.

The Canon 7D feels somewhat like the 5D Mark II and the 50D. It has a big, comfortable grip with a dent for the middle finger.

It would seem that Canon wants to be the default choice in the market again ever since Nikon threatens its throne.

The Canon 7D is also one of the cameras that professionals would love to use. It bagged awards like the 2010-2011 European Advanced SLR Camera and the Technical Image Press Association Best DSLR Expert awards.

This camera is used in shooting movies like Black Swan and even the current box-office hit, The Avengers!

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