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Rear of camera controls

The layout of the 7D's rear is pretty similar but not identical to the EOS 5D Mark II. The main differences are slightly larger buttons (for operation with gloves), the addition of the movie/live view switch/button and the new 'Q' button. The On/Off switch has moved from the rear dial on top of the camera, below the mode dial. The Direct Print button gains a new function, allowing you to record a RAW or JPEG file in addition to what is currently specified. Other than that most previous EOS users, but especially 5D Mark II shooters, will feel right at home from day one with the 7D.

Many users will, however, be dismayed to find that, despite the remarkable level of customization available, there's still no way to assign mirror lock-up to an external button (although turning on live view can be used as a sort of proxy).

On-screen settings adjustment (Q Menu)

Like many modern DSLRs, the 7D has an interactive settings display panel. This means there are up to three ways of changing settings - for many options you can press a dedicated button and then spin either the front or rear dial, alternatively, there are two ways of using the interactive settings display (the Q Menu). Both methods involve pressing the new 'Q' button then using the dials or joystick to select the option you wish to change, at which point you can either roll the main dial or press 'SET'. This will bring up a dedicated screen, which can again be navigated using the joystick and selected using the 'SET' button.

The 'Q' button allows you to navigate the settings display. From here you can either roll the main dial to change a setting. Or, by pressing 'SET,' you can enter a screen showing all available options. You can use the joystick or dial to select.

Creative Auto mode

Creative Auto, which first appeared on the 50D, is the closest that the 7D comes to having a scene mode. Essentially it gives a beginner-friendly front-end to aperture priority mode. The screen gives control over a selection of image settings but, most importantly, gives a results-orientated approach to the shooting parameters. This allows the user to set the aperture and exposure compensation by choosing how blurry they want the background to be and how light or dark the image should be.

Normal display Shooting function display

Shooting mode

Button
Operation
Shoot an additional file

The camera shoots a RAW or JPEG file in addition to whichever file type it is currently shooting (it has no effect when shooting RAW+JPEG). The size and quality of the additional file is defined on the third 'Rec' menu page.
Enter the Quick Control Screen

Allows you to directly interact with the camera's settings, via its settings display, as shown above.
Enter / Leave the Menu

The camera menu is described on the following pages of this review. [example]
Picture Style

Displays the Picture Style selection / adjustment screen. [example]
Information

Displays current camera settings / information or virtual horizon. Which of these three options is shown depends on the choices made in the settings menu. [example]
Multi-selector

By default this does nothing but can be configured to give direct selection of AF points either via C.Fn IV-1 or through the Q menu.
Quick Control Dial

Canon has abandoned its newcomer-unfriendly 'push the power button beyond On' system, and reverted to giving the quick control dial its own lock switch instead. This dial can be set to control either aperture or shutter speed when in Manual mode, or to give direct access to AF points. (Dictated by C.Fn IV-1 or via the Q menu).
SET button

This button by default has no function in shooting mode, however it can be configured to one of five other functions via C.Fn IV-1 or the Q Menu.

Play mode

Button
Operation
Print

Press this button to begin printing of the displayed image on a connected printer.
Enter / Leave the Menu

The camera menu is described on the following pages of this preview.

Information

Press to change the type and level of information shown along with the image (detailed on the displays page)

 • Large image + status line + image size & quality + image number
 • Large image + status line (shutter speed, aperture, comp, filename, card)
 • Small image + status line + detailed shooting info + lum (or RGB histogram)
 • Small image + status line + lum histogram + RGB histogram + detailed shooting info

Play

Displays the last image taken (or the last image on the card). The EOS 7D is a shooting priority camera, which means that no matter what is displayed on the rear LCD this will be canceled if any of the camera's photographic functions (example half-pressing the shutter release or AF-ON) are accessed.
Erase

Press to erase the current image, displays an OK / Cancel dialog.
Quick Control Dial

Turn the Quick Control Dial to browse through images (the main dial can be used to jump images).

Front of camera controls

On the front right side of the camera is the final set of camera controls. First is the flash open button, a press of this will electronically release the flash unit. Below the lens release button is the depth of field preview button, hold this and the lens stops down to the indicated aperture to give a preview of the depth of field, either through the viewfinder or in Live View.

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Total comments: 12
Joewho
By Joewho (1 day 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?

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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.

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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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Patcheye
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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Ajaykdelhi
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

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TahoeJohn
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.

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Shashank90
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.

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Jostian
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.

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EhXsan
By EhXsan (6 months ago)

what is max usable ISO on canon 7d?

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PhotobyCarlos
By PhotobyCarlos (9 months ago)

www.photobycarlos.com all my pictures with 7d

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DreamRunnerPhotography
By DreamRunnerPhotography (5 months ago)

Checked your photos at photobycarlos.com. 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

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gjpuk
By gjpuk (3 months ago)

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

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Total comments: 12