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Camera Menus

The structure of the 7D's menus will be immediately familiar to anyone who has shot an EOS DSLR before, with camera settings separated across a series of sensibly ordered, color-coded tabs. As usual, the really fine-level camera customization is defined in the Custom Functions tab, with the 7D including a 1D-series-esque 27 custom functions, defining almost every aspect of the camera's behavior in minute detail.

The menus are also context sensitive, with different menu options provided depending on which shooting mode you're in. As with previous EOSs there is a simplified menu structure if you shoot in the more automated modes - in this instance that means the Creative Auto and Auto modes. However, as a sign of the increasingly integrated nature of video on 7D, the fourth Record tab also changes depending on whether the camera's mode switch is set to movie or live view.

Full menu (P, Tv, Av, M, A-DEP, C1-3) Limited menu (Auto and CA)
Movie tab Live view tab

Shooting section (red)


Option
Values / Actions
Notes
Quality  • RAW
-
RAW
MRAW
SRAW
 • JPEG
-
Large Fine
Large Normal
Medium Fine
Medium Normal
Small Fine
Small Normal

- JPEG Large = 5184 x 3456
- JPEG Medium = 3456 x 2304
- JPEG Small = 2592 x 1728

- RAW = 5184 x 3456
- MRAW = 3888 x 2592
- SRAW = 2592 x 1728

Turn front dial to change RAW image, turn rear dial for JPEG.

Red-eye on/off  • Off
 • On
Enables the use of the AF / red-eye lamp just before a flash shot.
Beep  • On
 • Off
Enables auto focus confirmation beep. Also used for self timer.
Release shutter without card  • Enable
 • Disable
Allow shot to be taken without CF card inserted.
Review time  • Off
 • 2 sec
 • 4 sec
 • 8 sec
 • Hold
 
Peripheral illum. correct.  • Enable
 • Disable
Corrects vignetting depending on the attached lens.
Flash control

 • Flash firing
Enable
Disable
 • Built-in flash function setting
Flash mode
E-TTL II
Manual flash
MULTI flash
Shutter sync
1st curtain
2nd curtain
Hi-speed
Flash exposure compensation
+/– 3.0 EV
E-TTL II
Evaluative
Average
Wireless func.
Disable
Ext:Int
Ext only
Ext + Int
 • External flash function setting
Only with flash connected
 • External flash C.Fn setting
Only with flash connected
 • Clear external flash C.Fn setting
Only with flash connected

Pressing the info. button clears the speedlight settings.
Expo. comp./AEB  • +/–3 EV
 • 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps (C.Fn I-1)
Configures auto exposure bracketing.
Auto Lighting Optimizer  • Off
 • Low
 • Medium
 • High
 
White balance  • Auto
 • Daylight (5200K)
 • Shade (7000K)
 • Cloudy (6000K)
 • Tungsten light (3200K)
 • White fluorescent light (4000K)
 • Flash
 • Custom
 • Color temp. (Kelvin)
 
Custom WB  • Set custom WB Select image for custom WB.
WB Shift / BKT  • Shift: B9–A9, M9–G9
 • Bracket: BA+/–3, MG+/–3
Configures WB shift and WB bracketing.
Color space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
 
Picture Style  • Standard
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Neutral
 • Faithful
 • Monochrome
 • User Def. 1
 • User Def. 2
 • USer Def. 3
 
Dust Delete Data  • Cancel
 • Ok
 
One-touch RAW+JPEG  • Simultaneous RAW
RAW
MRAW
SRAW
 • Simultaneous JPEG
Large Fine
Large Normal
Medium Fine
Medium Normal
Small Fine
Small Normal
 
Live view tab
Live View shoot.  • Enable
 • Disable
 
AF mode  • Live mode
 • Live mode
 • Quick mode
 
Grid display  • Off
 • Grid 1
 • Grid 2
 
Expo. simulation  • On
 • Off
 
Silent shooting  • Mode 1
 • Mode 2
 • Disable
 
Metering timer  • 4 sec
 • 16 sec
 • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 10 min
 • 30 min
 
Movie tab
AF mode  • Live mode
 • Live mode
 • Quick mode
 
Grid display  • Off
 • Grid 1
 • Grid 2
 
Movie rec. size  • 1920 x 1080 (30/25fps)
 • 1920 x 1080 (24fps)
 • 1280 x 720 (60/50fps)
 • 640 x 480 (60/50fps)
Selects movie recording size and frame rate. Frame rates of 30/60fps are recorded in NTSC mode, 25/50fps in PAL.
Sound recording  • On
 • Off
 
Silent shooting  • Mode 1
 • Mode 2
 • Disable
 
Metering timer  • 4 sec
 • 16 sec
 • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 10 min
 • 30 min
 

Picture Style

The Picture Styles are a range of pre-programmed image parameter sets intended to deliver the best results in different situations. Each Picture Style has its own preset mapping for tone and color response as well as providing the ability to tune sharpness, contrast, saturation and color tone for each. For instance the default sharpening for the Standard Picture Style is level 3, if you prefer less strong you can just adjust it downwards. Sharpness has 8 levels, contrast, saturation and color tone all have have 9 levels.

Playback Section (Blue)

Option
Notes
Protect images
Protect mode, allows you to browse images either in a single image or thumbnail view and mark each image as protected (or un-protect). This simply sets the read-only flag on the CF card file system.
Rotate
Rotate mode, again, this can be performed in either single image or thumbnail index view. This option allows you to rotate an image on-screen by 90 or 270 degrees. Doesn't actually rotate the JPEG file, but marks its orientation.
Erase images
 • Select and erase images
 • All images in folder
Select folder
 • All images on card
Ok
Cancel
Print order Allows you to create a DPOF print order file, for use with compatible printers or photo finishers.

 • Select images
 • By folder
Mark all in folder
Clear all in folder
 • All images
 • Set up
Print type
Standard
Index
Both
Date
On
Off
File no.
On
Off
Highlight alert  • Disable
 • Enable
AF point disp.  • Disable
 • Enable
Histogram  • Brightness
 • RGB
Slide show  • Select files
All images
Folder
Date
Movies
Stills
 • Set up
Play time
1 sec
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
Repeat
On
Off
Image jump w/ control dial

 • Select number of images
1 image
10 images
100 images
 • Select files
Date
Folder
Movies
Stills

Setup Section (Yellow)

Option
Values / Actions
Notes
Auto power off  • 1 min
 • 2 min
 • 4 min
 • 8 min
 • 15 min
 • 30 min
 • Off
Sets camera power off time, this is the amount of "idle time" before the camera powers itself off. In the power off state the camera can be woken by half or fully depressing the shutter release (or turning the power switch to Off and back to On).
Auto rotate  • On (play mode and EXIF)
 • On (EXIF)
 • Off
Chooses whether orientation information is recorded and if the camera should rotate in play mode.
Format  • OK
 • Cancel
Format the CF card
File numbering  • Continuous
 • Auto reset
 • Manual reset
Controls the numbering method used for filenames.
Select folder
 • Select folder
 • Create folder
 
LCD Brightness  • Auto
Adjust brightness
 • Manual
1 to 7
 
Date/Time  • Set Date & Time
 • Set Date format
 
Language

 • English
 • German
 • French
 • Dutch
 • Danish
 • Portuguese
 • Finnish
 • Italian
 • Ukrainian
 • Norwegian
 • Swedish
 • Spanish
 • Greek
 • Russian
 • Polish
 • Czech
 • Hungarian
 • Romanian
 • Turkish
 • Arabic
 • Thai
 • Simplified Chinese
 • Traditional Chinese
 • Korean
 • Japanese

Select menu language.
Video system  • NTSC
 • PAL
Select video system for video out connector.
Sensor cleaning
 • Auto cleaning
Enable
Disable
 • Clean now
Cancel
OK
 • Clean manually
Cancel
OK

Defines the settings for the built-in cleaning system, by default the system is enabled and cleans at startup and shutdown (although can be interrupted).

The 'clean manually' option locks the mirror and shutter up.

VF grid display  • Disable
 • Enable
 
Battery info Displays remaining battery capacity and recharge performance  
INFO. button display options • Displays camera setting
• Electronic level
• Displays shooting functions
 
Camera user setting  • Register
Mode dial: C1
Mode dial: C2
Mode dial: C3
 • Clear settings
Mode dial: C1
Mode dial: C2
Mode dial: C3
- Records current camera settings to a mode dial 'C' user setting for easy recall.
Copyright information  • Display copyright info
 • Enter author's name
 • Enter copyright details
 • Delete copyright information
 
Clear all camera settings  • OK
 • Cancel
 
Firmware Select to load new firmware from CF card Also shows current version, on our camera; 3.7.5 48.34.3B
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Comments

Total comments: 16
BobFoster

I think there was a lot of cutting and pasting in the review. They referred to the 15mp image files and the 18-55 kit lens when they meant the 18-135 kit lens as shown in the product photos and referred to in the intro.

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DanK♂ FP6900

Test

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reanim888

I think that initially looking at the Canon 7D MK II’s specifications they might seem conservative, but as with the EOS 5D Mark III and the 1D X updates to these models were refined, with well measured features that met the needs of photographer in quality and reliability, rather than boasting headline hitting new technological advancements.

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PolarbearsRme

I love this camera/disappointed in Canon/customer support/service. The 1st 7d I purchased had a pixel issue. Seems to be notorious in Canon lenses. My 1st PowerShot S2 IS had a pixel issue. I didn't realize was present until camera was out of warranty-had to fight like a dog to get them to replace it. My 7d SAME issue, issue found after first test shots I took in the store downloaded! Didn't want the store to send it back only to send a "fixed lens" I returned it, bought anothernew 7d, but still a problem. Once again found a mo after warranty when a little bracket inside the lens was detached from inside, only 1 screw was holding it in place, there was supposed to be 2 this bracket keeps the extension within the lens. A quality control issue that went unnoticed during manufacturing according to the camera guy that had to fix it but it didn't matter the damage to the focus computer chip inside had already been damaged & Canon refuses to do a thing about it par for the course.

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Joewho

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

what is max usable ISO on canon 7d?

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PhotobyCarlos

www.photobycarlos.com all my pictures with 7d

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DreamRunnerPhotography

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

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

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