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18 Megapixel C MOS sensor. The EOS 7D sports a new 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor which is an in-house development. Canon claims the sensor delivers an improved signal to noise ratio which is achieved through a new photodiode and microlens design. The EOS 7D's sensor features the gapless microlenses that we first saw on the EOS 50D but on the new model the distance between microlenses and photodiodes has been reduced which results in the light being more easily focused onto the photodiode.
New 19-point AF system. The new AF-system features 19 cross-type sensors and is highly customizable (see below for details). You can even specify a different AF-point selection mode and selected point (or zone) that the camera should jump to, depending on its orientation (Landscape, Portrait grip up, Portrait grip down). This makes use of the accelerometers used to provide the level display.
Viewfinder. The 7D is the first EOS camera with a 100 percent coverage and 1.0x magnification viewfinder specification. A transmissive LCD in the viewfinder displays AF points, spot metering circle and composition grid. 3 inch Clear View II LCD. On the new 3 inch, 920K pixel screen Canon has removed the air-gap between the LCD’s protective cover and the liquid crystal to reduce glare. The screen has a viewing angle of 160 degrees. Like on the EOS 5D Mark II there is also an ambient light sensor for automatically setting the most adequate brightness for the light conditions. 
Metering system. The new Focus Color Luminance metering system (iFCL) measures focus, color and luminance across 63 zones.
Custom Controls. The new custom controls interface in the custom functions menu allows for near-endless customization of buttons and controls. The location of the controls is highlighted on a schematic depiction of the camera. Dual Axis Electronic Level. The electronic level shows both pitch and roll angles. It can be displayed in the viewfinder using the AF point indicators or on the LCD and uses the same acceleration sensor as the 'orientation-sensitive' AF-system.
New Flash and Wireless Flash Control. The 7D is the first Canon EOS to come with an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter. The system allows to control up to three groups of four flashes each. With 15mm the built-in flash features wider flash coverage than previous models. Its guide number is 12/39 (ISO 100, in meters/feet).
Environmental Sealing. The camera comes with weather sealing that is apparently equivalent to the EOS 1N (launched in 1994, remember?). The red color on the illustration means sealing, green shows strengthened seams on the magnesium body. Dual DIGIC 4 processors provide the processing power that is needed for eight frames per second continuous shooting at all file types and image qualities.

New movie features. The 7D's movie mode features full manual control over shutter speed and aperture. Images can be recorded in 1080p resolution at 30 (NTSC), 25 (PAL) or 24 frames per second and in 720p mode with 60 (NTSC) or 50 (PAL) fps. There is also an option to cut the beginning and end of a movie in one second increments in the camera.

For easier operation there is now a dedicated switch to change from other shooting modes to movie mode. Still images can be taken at any time by pressing the shutter button and stereo sound can be recorded if an external microphone is connected.

Autofocus point selection

The 7D receives a new AF system that not only offers more AF points but also a variety of new ways of selecting them.

In addition to the standard Canon options of automatically or manually selecting AF points, the 7D gains a series of extra modes to make the most of those 19 AF points. Which of the five options are available is determined via Custom Function III. 6
Spot AF uses just the central section of each AF point to give more precise focus when using telephoto lenses (at the risk of slower focus acquisition). AF point expansion is used to aid focus tracking and will consider the points adjacent to the manually selected AF point.
Zone AF groups the points into 5 zones to concentrate the camera's attention on the part of the frame you wish it to focus on. You can also specify which point selection mode (and which point or zone), you want the camera to jump to, depending on the orientation of the camera.


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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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