Expert Review of Canon EOS 7D DSLR Body Black
Canon, the Japanese World leader in photography has brought up another excellent device in the global market, the company’s newest semi-pro DSLR, which sports a heavy 18 Megapixel resolution, HD Video and 8 frames per second of continuous shooting. The device is currently sitting pretty as a bridge between Canon EOS 50D and Canon EOS 5D Mark II models. Despite the famous single digit myth of Canon, Canon EOS 7D SLR does not feature a full-frame sensor. Instead one has to work on smaller APS-C sized sensor of the consumer DSLR ranges, but complements it with a wealth of professional features that go beyond current reigning Canon EOS 50D and in some respects is even comparable to Canon EOS 5D Mark II. As such Canon EOS 7D can easily become company’s best-featured APS-C DSLR to date and can take a fight directly against Nikon D300. Talking directly of the spotlight specification that the camera offers, Canon EOS 7D is equipped with latest 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor, compared to 12.3 on Nikon D300 and 15.1 on Canon EOS 50D. This makes it the highest pixel density of any Canon DSLR to date, because even though Canon 5D Mark II is marginally better with higher pixel-count, it is more than compensated by its physically larger full-frame sensor.
Design and Build Quality
Canon EOS 7D ‘s body without lens measures 148x111x74mm in dimensions and weighs 900g when combined with a battery. Hence the camera is just fractionally larger than Canon EOS 50D being 2mm wider and 3mm taller but when it comes to weight it is 88g heavier. Talking of controls, Canon EOS 7D possesses a great deal of similarities with earlier Canon models, meaning anyone familiar with an existing Canon EOS DSLR will be up and running with ease. There are however a few key differences, especially involving the efficient Live View and the Movie mode. Like most semi-pro DSLRs, Canon EOS 7D’s upper right surface is subjugated by a detailed LCD information screen, which on the 7D indicates the Shutter Speed, Aperture and shots remaining, the White Balance, quality, metering, bracketing and AF modes, an exposure compensation scale from -3 to +3EV, the ISO value and drive mode.
Focus and Face Detection
A brand new huge 19 point AF system is featured under Canon EOS 7D which provides loads of options and customisations to choose from. This becomes one of the biggest leaps in Canon Photography over the previous 9 point AF system and a strong answer to Nikon’s latest 51 point AF system. Sure, the no. of points are no way near what Nikon provides, still the quality, and the way the points are used by the camera interiors compensates for all of that. All 19 points are cross-types, sensitive to both horizontal and vertical lines when used with lenses of f5.6 or brighter. The central point also features a separate diagonal pair of line sensors which are automatically used with lenses sporting an aperture of f2.8 or faster. The 19 point AF system follows a diamond type layout, which increases the efficiency without increase in area as it occupies the same space as Canon EOS 50D. For instance rather than having just three vertically and three horizontally at the broadest axes of the 50D, the 7D has five and seven respectively. This higher density has allowed Canon to offer some innovative AF area options.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Mounted on Canon EOS is the EF lens which is easily and completely compatible with both Canon EF and EF-S lenses. And because of APS-C sensor size each and every lens has its field of view reduced by 1.6 times. By default Canon EOS 7D is available as a body alone camera and a user is provided with variety of choices to choose from. The most common lens kit offered here are the old EF 28-135mm IS lenses and the new EF-S 15-85mm IS or new EF-S 18-135mm IS lenses. With an equivalent focal length of 38-168mm on a cropped body like the EOS 7D, it may be lacking decent wide-angle coverage, but remains a quality general-purpose option especially when coupled with an ultra-wide lens like the excellent EF-S 10-22mm. The most important point to note in this segment remains that Canon EOS 7D contains the highest pixel density that any Canon DSLT has had till date, so to match that one just has to provide some decent optics.
Screen and Menus
Canon EOS 7D sports the same 3 inch VGA screen that is mounted on both EOS 50D and Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and hence matches the size and resolution of both with 920,000 dot pixels. Although with a new and better technology Canon EOS 7D employs a new Clear View II panel which claims to reduce glare by removing the air-gap between the screen cover and the actual liquid crystal below. This is instead filled with an elastic optical material.
The EOS 7D is powered by the same LP-E6 batter pack as Canon EOS 5D Mark II which is an 1800mAh Lithium Ion pack which Canon claims is good for up to 1000 shots that is taken with the viewfinder with no flash under CIPA conditions and 230 shots when exclusively shooting in Live View, or up to 80 minutes of video recording.
To the delight of every pro photographer in the world who was frustrated with the shooting option of Canon EOS 5D Mark II which was able to shoot HD videos at 30 frames per second, in Canon EOS 7D Full HD 1080 mode can be set to record at 30, 25 or 24fps, while the 720 and VGA modes can record at 60 or 50fps.
Canon EOS 7D is powered by a never used before 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor which generates 3:2 aspect ratio images with a maximum size of 5184x3456 pixels; at 300 dpi, these can be reproduced at up to 17.3x11.5in. Indeed as of now, only Canon EOS 5D Mark II (and the older EOS 1Ds Mark III) can offer a higher resolution in Canon’s range with 21.1 Megapixel sensors delivering 5616x3744 pixel images which can be reproduced up to 18.7x12.5in at 300 dpi.
Continuous shooting mode
High-ISO image quality
Hard on memory cards
Unimpressive kit lens