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The EOS 7D immediately identifies itself as part of the EOS family, but there are a number of distinct differences between it and either the 50D or 5D Mark II. The buttons are larger than on the preceding models (for use with gloves in cold conditions) but, more noticeably, there is now a switch for selecting between live view and movie record mode, and a start/stop button to engage them. This is another step forward in terms of integrating movie recording as a fundamental mode of operation for the camera, rather than a tacked-on additional feature.

Beyond these changes, the layout will be immediately familiar to existing Canon users. The only other significant change is the separation of the control dial lock and the power switch - recent models require you to push the power switch to a position just beyond 'on' in order to get the dial to function - removing one of the great areas of confusion for first-time Canon shooters. In this respect the 7D operates like the old D30, D60 and 10D cameras.

Construction and environmental seals

In keeping with its XD designation, the 7D shares the same extensively-sealed magnesium construction as the 5D Mark II. Canon again claims the same degree of moisture and dust resilience as the EOS-1N pro-level film SLR from the 1990s.

In your hand

The 7D is a substantial camera - weighing-in at 820g, without card, battery or lenses, making it a fraction heavier than the 5D Mark II. Its grip is well designed to make it easy to support this weight, though even with the lightest lens, it's unlikely to be a shoot-one-handed camera.

LCD monitor

Each new Canon DSLR seems to get an improved screen, with the EOS 7D using a 921,000 dot LCD featuring the latest gapless technology that reduces internal reflections to improve contrast.

LCD control panel

On top of the camera is a large LCD control panel which provides a wide range of information about camera settings and exposure. The main numeric section of the panel doubles up to provide other types of information such as the 'Busy' warning, AF point selection etc. Pressing the lamp button on the top of the camera illuminates the panel with an orange light for the metering timeout period. In line with the rest of the EOS range, ISO sensitivity is now permanently displayed.

A breakdown of information displayed on the LCD panel can be found on the diagram below.

1 White balance setting 10 Drive mode
2 JPEG image size/quality 11 Bracketing
3 Shutter speed 12 Highlight tone priority
4 RAW format 13 ISO speed
5 Metering mode 14 Monochrome shooting
6 Aperture 15 Flash exposure compensation
7 White balance fine tune 16 Battery indicator
8 Shots remaining / self-timer countdown 17 Exposure / Exposure comp. scale
9 AF drive mode    
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By Joewho (2 days ago)

I've just switched from Nikon to Canon and am completely lost, I shoot birds in flight a lot and cannot get my head around how to engage burst on the 7D, can't get built in flash to "raise it's ugly head" also how to change menu settings. Wish Canon had stuck to more universal icons and menu.
Despite all that was very impressed with fast focus on few single shots that I took
Could any one please help?

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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