EOS 7D: the complete EOS DSLR package
The EOS 7D is a groundbreaking camera in Canon’s extensive EOS System. It takes the best parts of the EOS 5D Mark II and combines them with the best of the EOS 50D, plus some features only previously seen in EOS-1 series cameras. It also incorporates a series of ‘firsts’ never before seen in the EOS System, such as an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter. As Canon’s flagship APS-C format DSLR the EOS 7D sits just below the EOS 5D Mark II in the range, offering a highly potent combination of superb image quality, high-speed shooting and cinematic-style HD movie functionality.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Whether you’re an enthusiast looking for the most advanced digital SLR camera in the market at this level, a professional looking for the perfect back-up camera to an EOS-1 series DSLR, or even a converted videographer looking for a second camera to shoot Full HD movies with, the EOS 7D will more than meet your needs.
The camera’s high resolution makes it perfect for landscapes and portraits and the 8 frames per second top shooting speed at full 18 Megapixel resolution allows the EOS 7D to capture the action, no matter how fast it’s happening. If you’re into travel photography, the movie function and the ability to use Canon's EF-S lenses to save weight will also appeal.
If you’re more into making videos, then you’ll find the APS-C sized sensor is a good choice for Full HD shooting. The APS-C format, whilst smaller than full-frame, is still larger than 16mm film and, as such, provides more control over depth-of-field than high-end video and film movie cameras.
- 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and dual “DIGIC 4” processors for exceptional image quality.
- Shoot in low light with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400, expandable to ISO 12,800.
- Keep up with the action, shooting bursts of 130 JPEGs or 25 RAW at 8fps.
- Capture Full HD movies with full manual control.
- Fast, accurate focusing with 19-point wide-area AF.
- Enjoy crystal-clear Live View shooting on a 7.7cm (3.0") 920,000-dot LCD screen.
- Accurate framing with (approx.) 100% viewfinder coverage.
- 63-zone iFCL metering for accurate exposures every time.
- Explore off-camera flash with the EOS 7D’s Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.
- Weather sealed magnesium-alloy body.
HIGH IMAGE QUALITY
The 18 Megapixel EOS 7D gives photographers the ability to crop into images to improve composition, while still retaining enough data for high quality large prints of images. Although the APS-C sensor records the light it’s the microlenses above each pixel that funnel the light into the pixel ‘well’. The EOS 7D uses a gapless microlens design to gather the light more efficiently. Coupled with this, the distance between the sensor and the microlenses has been reduced. The combination of these improvements is low noise levels at all ISO settings and higher pixel sensitivity, thus delivering outstanding image quality in all shooting conditions.
SHOOT HIGH-SPEED ACTION AT UP TO 8FPS
The Dual “DIGIC 4” processors and the dedicated Analogue/Digital conversion processor in the EOS 7D come to the fore in terms of frame rates. They can process the data from the sensor and transfer it from the CMOS sensor to the buffer and out to the memory card in a short enough time to allow a full 8 frames per second shooting speed, even when shooting in full 14-bit RAW. This frame rate is more than capable of keeping up with almost any subject. With the ability to shoot up to 130 JPEG images at the full 18 Megapixel resolution at 8fps, you can capture sequences long enough to really see what is happening.
With the 7D Firmware Version 2 update the maximum burst of RAW frames has been increased from 15 up to 25 RAW frames in a continuous burst.
FLASH-FREE LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE
The processing power of the Dual “DIGIC 4” processors means the high ISO performance of the EOS 7D shows a big improvement, thus enabling flash-free performance in low light. The ISO range is 100-6400 as standard, with 12,800 offered as an expansion setting for when light levels really fall.
Via 7D Firmware Version 2 the EOS 7D also offers the option to set a maximum ISO speed for ISO Auto, within the standard ISO range of 400-6400, so that you can minimise the amount of noise in your images.
TRACK MOVEMENT WITH 19-POINT CROSS-TYPE AF SYSTEM
The EOS 7D features a focusing system with 19 cross-type AF points and a dedicated AF processor. For enhanced precision, the central AF point features extra sensitivity when used with lenses having a maximum aperture of f/2.8, or faster, thanks to the diagonal arrangement of the cross-type sensor – a feature first seen on the EOS 50D. This diagonal placement with the sensors forming an X-arrangement means that the f/2.8 sensors do not overlap with the f/5.6 sensors at the same point, as they have a horizontal/vertical arrangement. This avoids any interference between the two sensors and offers both fast tracking AF performance from the f/5.6 sensor and extra precision from the f/2.8 sensor.
The AI Servo II AF mode that tracks moving subjects has been significantly improved in the EOS 7D to ensure that a fast, accurate and stable tracking AF system will get photographers the shot no matter what the situation is.
The AF system features ways of working to provide more functionality and the ability to customise the AF system to your way of shooting. The AF system also includes a mode called Zone AF, which functions in a similar way to 19 Point Auto Selection – where you can select one zone to perform the focusing. Spot AF mode is another AF selection option that makes use of a smaller part of the AF sensor so that it can achieve focus on a smaller area. Spot AF is for use in situations like macro or portraits where you want to focus on a defined point without the risk of the AF point locking onto a high contrast background.
APPROX. 100% VIEWFINDER FOR ACCURATE COMPOSITION
The EOS 7D has approx. 100% coverage and 1.0x magnification – a first for EOS – to give photographers unrivalled ease-of-use and accuracy when using the viewfinder. Instead of requiring interchangeable focusing screens the EOS 7D incorporates a Transmissive LCD Screen, which can be illuminated in low light. It enables several new views to be superimposed such as Single AF points, Spot AF points, AF Area, AF Zones, Spot metering circle and a Grid display.
ENHANCED IN-CAMERA CAPABILITIES
Firmware Version 2 for the EOS 7D introduced a number of in-camera capabilities such as in-camera RAW post-processing of images, image rating, JPEG re-sizing, Quick Control during playback, File name settings, time zone setting, and faster screen scrolling of magnified images.
FULL HD EOS MOVIE SHOOTING
The EOS 7D offers Full HD movie shooting to allow photographers at all levels to experiment with the possibilities of shooting movies. It offers full manual control over the exposure as well, though auto movie exposure can still be used. The EOS 7D also offers the ability to change the frame rates at which movies are shot, offering 24, 25 and 30 frames per second.
As part of the Firmware Version 2 update during movie shooting the EOS 7D also offers manual adjustment of audio recording levels to one of 64 levels, whilst the sound volume during playback can be set to one of 11 levels.
RAW FILE SIZE OPTIONS
For when a full size RAW file is too much data, but you want to still work with the advantages of RAW, the EOS 7D provides the option of two smaller RAW files: M-RAW and S-RAW. These roughly equate to the same pixel dimensions as the M and S JPEG settings, although they are not exactly the same due to the way the files are processed.
The Firmware Version 2 update for the EOS 7D supports the use of Canon’s GP-E2 GPS unit that was introduced with the EOS 5D Mark III. The firmware update enables the GP-E2 GPS unit to be used with the EOS 7D, via a cable connection, for geo-tagging of images with latitude and longitude data in the EXIF fields.
18 MEGAPIXEL CMOS SENSOR
Canon develops and manufactures its own CMOS sensors in-house. For digital SLR cameras, in recent years Canon has made use of the CMOS technology for the performance it offers in terms of speed and low power consumption.
The EOS 7D’s sensor features gapless microlenses to more accurately focus light into the photodiodes; larger and more sensitive photodiodes to collect the light that reaches them and improve the high ISO performance; and a microlens design that places them closer to the photodiodes below – again aimed at improving the high ISO capabilities.
DUAL "DIGIC 4" PROCESSORS
The DIGIC 4 processor brings a lot of processing power to the camera – a single DIGIC 4 processor is 25% faster than the DIGIC III processor. Utilising dual “DIGIC 4” processors provides the required power to deal with 18 Megapixels of data at 8fps. In addition the DIGIC 4 processors consume very little electrical power, therefore maximising the battery life of the camera.
iFCL METERING ALGORITHM & 63-ZONE DUAL LAYER METERING SENSOR
Recording light is the basis of what a camera does. In order to record it correctly, it needs to be able to measure the light in the scene accurately. For the EOS 7D, the iFCL metering algorithm and 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor have been developed. The iFCL metering algorithm is an intelligent system that uses Focus, Colour and Luminance information to more accurately determine the light levels. The metering sensor features 63 metering zones and has two light sensitive layers. One layer is sensitive to red/green light and one is sensitive to blue/green light. Being able to measure the relative levels of red and blue light allows the system to more accurately expose a scene.
The EOS 7D’s AF sensor has a similar coverage to the sensor in the EOS 50D, but it has 10 extra AF points to provide more flexibility in AF point selection. As part of the improvements, all 19 AF points are now cross-type sensitive with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster. This provides better accuracy and a faster response no matter which AF point you select and is unique among APS-C sensor cameras. The central point provides improved precision with lenses featuring a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or greater to really make use of fast, wide aperture lenses.
INTEGRATED SPEEDLITE TRANSMITTER
The EOS 7D features a built-in wireless flash controller that functions similarly to actually having a Speedlite 580EX II, Speedlite 320EX or Speedlite 270EX II flashgun mounted on the camera. It allows the use of full wireless multiple flash control without having to buy extra accessories, like an ST-E2 or 580EX II. The built-in transmitter can control up to three remote groups of Speedlites using E-TTL II or by setting the flash powers manually for each group.
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