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Compact Flash Compartment

The Compact Flash compartment on the EOS 7D is at the rear corner of the hand grip and is opened by sliding the door towards you and flipping outwards. The door itself has a metal hinge and opens with plenty of room to remove the CF card once ejected. The CF activity light is to the bottom right of the quick control dial. In addition to the Type I and Type II Compact Flash cards the 7D also supports the faster, more recent UDMA standard and the Compact Flash+ standard.

Battery Compartment

The battery compartment on the EOS 7D is in the base of the hand grip, behind a simple clip-locked door. The door itself is removable (to make way for the optional battery grip). The 7D uses the same Lithium-Ion battery as the 5D Mark II, the LP-E6, which provides 1800 mAh of capacity (400 mAh more than the BP-511A used in the EOS 50D) and also communicates more detailed battery status information back to the camera.

Battery Charger

The LC-E6E (Europe/Asia) or LC-E6 (North America) charger provides charge status information and takes approximately 90 minutes to charge a battery.

WFT-E5 Wireless Grip (optional)

With the new WFT-E5 you can shoot wirelessly (802.11b/g) direct to FTP servers as well as have two-way communication over PTP and HTTP. In HTTP mode you can effectively remote control the camera, see a live view, change settings and take shots. The USB port can be used to store directly to external USB hard disks (although only small flash devices can be powered by the grip) or provide GPS data from USB GPS devices. The grip does not provide any power to the camera though.

BG-E7 Battery Grip (optional)

The matching battery grip, BG-E7 approximately doubles the number of possible shots with two LP-E6 batteries installed. With size-AA/LR6 alkaline batteries, the number of possible shots at 23°C / 73°F is approx. 400 shots without flash use and approx. 300 shots with 50% flash use. It features an M.Fn button in addition to a duplicate main dial, AF On, AEL and AF-point selection buttons.


The EOS 7D's connectors all live down the left-hand edge of the camera under a split rubber flap. There are effectively two columns of connectors each with its own cover. On the left we have PC sync and the remote terminal (N3). On the right there is the Microphone input, the combined Audio/Video out and USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) plus HDMI (mini). Note that the camera is not supplied with a HDMI cable.

Base / Tripod Mount

The tripod mount is located in line with both the center of the lens and focal plane of the sensor. A rubber cover normally protects the connector that can be used for communicating with the optional WFT-E5/E5A wireless grip.

Internal flash

The EOS 7D's built-in pop-up flash at 15mm offers wider flash coverage than previous models. Its guide number is 12/39 (ISO 100, in meters/feet). Recycling time is approximately 3 sec, flash sync speed is 1/250 sec. The 7D is the first Canon EOS to come with an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter. The system allows to remotely control up to three groups of four external flashes each.

Accessory shoe / external flash

The EOS 7D's accessory shoe can be used with Canon and third party flash units (sync only). The hot shoe supports E-TTL II metering which uses distance information from the lens to calculate flash power. This works with all Canon lenses (although distance information is only provided by lenses with ring type USM motors). You'll note also the new weather seal surround which works in conjunction with the newer 580EX II Speedlite.

Lens Mount

The EOS 7D has a standard metal EF / EF-S lens mount which means that it supports all Canon EF and EF-S lenses plus compatible third party lenses. Because the sensor is smaller than a 35 mm frame all lenses are subject to a field of view crop (sometimes called focal length multiplier) of 1.6x, thus a 17 mm lens provides the same field of view as a 27.2 mm lens on 35 mm film.

Supplied In the Box

The EOS 7D is, depending on your region, offered as body-only or as a kit with the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lenses.

Included in the body-only box is:

  • Canon EOS 7D digital SLR body (with eyecup and body cap)
  • LP-E6 Lithium-Ion battery pack (with cover)
  • LC-E6 (or LC-E6/LC-E6E) Battery charger
  • Wide Strap EW-EOS7D
  • USB Cable IFC-200U
  • Stereo Video Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • CD-ROMs
    • Canon EOS Solution Disk
    • EOS Utility
    • ZoomBrowser EX
    • Remote Capture
    • Digital Photo Professional
  • Manuals / Reg. card
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Total comments: 11
Phil Hol
By Phil Hol (1 month ago)

If you have a filter fitted to protect the lens try shooting without. After buying my 100-400 lens I returned to the shop after finding my images soft using a 7D. They tested my lens with a second one they had in the shop and agreed the first lens was faulty. When I got the second lens home I found it as poor as the first until I realized the second lens tested had not had a filter fitted when tested in the shop and I had transfered my filter to the second lens when I got home.
Conclusion: I only use filters for effects and I have remove all my "protective filters" from my L lenses. Why spend hundreds of pounds on lenses just to add a piece of cheap glass on the front.

Girish Madpuwar
By Girish Madpuwar (2 months ago)

I am 7D user and have noticed that my images are considerably soft. I mostly use canon 100-400L lens. Initially I thought that its problem with the way I use camera. I tried all possible things. Searched lot and found many discussion about AF problem with 7D. Can someone share their experience?
It seems 7D AF is not consistent although manual focus gives considerably crisp and sharp image.

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By Patcheye (4 months ago)

I'm a wheelchair user and have gone for the 7D because of the increase in range when using a shorter lens over full frame which means though I often cannot get close I often achieve a useable image.

Live on the coast so to avoid problems re dust on the sensor from the beach I purchased a second one a few months back which says, I think, just how pleased I am with the product. Re low iso and noise, possibly because of high light levels from sea reflection and living in a flat open area I personally find no problems but using 2.8 lenses helps. Not professional but have had people use my stuff on their websites - so for my needs the 7D works well - Oh, and if like me you have poor dexterity you'll find the raised buttons really helpful even when wearing gloves.

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By Ajaykdelhi (4 months ago)

I have a 70D, am getting a used 7D at $ 800 next week, will provide a comprehensive review after that

By TahoeJohn (4 months ago)

My Review of the Canon 7d as the owner of one for 1yr is this.I shoot Professionally and have used the 7d for just about 1yr.It is a bit bigger,heavier than my other EOS Canon's.Picture quality is top of the line.Video quality is top of the line.The Grain Factor when using the ISO at a higher number is compensated by a setting in the Menu so no problem.At 8fps continuous it stands above the others.Weather proof as well (Body only).Recently my Canon 7d was knocked over while mounted atop a 6ft tripod landing on solid asphalt.A little scratch on the body was all the damage it received.Though bigger and heavier the construction,function,image quality of this Camera is incredible.I shoot Landscape,Portrait,sports(MMA Fights) and everything in between.Canon went above and beyond with this model.A+ is the grade I give for this one.

By Shashank90 (5 months ago)

Which one is a better model 70d or 7d , I have read numerous reviews and seen plenty of videos, even though 70d is a much newer version I would like to know from some one who has used them side by side.

By Jostian (4 months ago)

I think both are great, depends on your needs, the 7D is like a tank, the build quality is incredible, its AF is phenomenal (a cut above the 70D in terms of customization options), the 70D has slight advantage 2/3 of a stop at higher iso's, has wifi and touchscreen, the 7D has bigger and better OVF, and the 70D have awesome video capabilities. I played with both and went for the 7D (easy choice), the 70D felt like a toy and I didnt like the plasticky feel (compared to the 7D). Bit both are great, you'll enjoy either depending on your needs.

By EhXsan (6 months ago)

what is max usable ISO on canon 7d?

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By PhotobyCarlos (9 months ago) all my pictures with 7d

By DreamRunnerPhotography (5 months ago)

Checked your photos at Really it was awesome :) Finally I decided to go for 7D after saw your website. Tnx !!!
please suggest me some good lenses which are more better for portrait & landscape shooting

By gjpuk (3 months ago)

For potraits i use 5omm prime canon 1.8mm
for landscapes a sigma 10-20mm

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