Canon 7D All But Official Now…

Canon 7D

It’s pretty clear that the Canon 7D is all but official and that it is slotted between the Canon 50D and 5D Mark II.  While it retains the 1.6x crop sensor format of the 50D and its predecessors, the 7D is definitely geared more toward serious amateurs and pro wildlife and sports photographers.

Along with the 7D, we can expect to see some attractive new EF-S and EF L-series lenses:

1. EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

2. EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

3. EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro

The Canon 7D should be should be announced pretty soon (*ahem, September 1).  Various forums and blogs predict that the 7D body will be in the $1699 initial price range.  Keep checking at for availability.

Canon 7D Key Features

  • 18-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 4 image processors
  • 8 frames per second (max 94 JPEG / 15 RAW images)
  • ISO 100-12800 (in ISO expansion mode)
  • 19 point cross-type AF sensors
  • Center AF point is 8-directional double cross-type
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 1.0x viewfinder magnification
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 3″ 920k dot resolution LCD display
  • 1080p HD video
  • Live view mode
  • External mic input
  • HDMI output
  • Pop-up Flash
  • 150k actuation rated shutter

Kudos to Neutral Day for digging around the Chinese forums for the photos and specs.

Also, watch for updates on Canon 7D Reviews and Resources.



  1. Sheldon says

    What are the refresh periods for Canon SLRs?

    More precisely, when would the 5D Mark II be updated? I’m curious about waiting for the next model or getting the Mk II. I have a 40D and am looking to replace it in a few months.

  2. Grandcru says

    1Ds, 1Ds II, 1Ds III: approx. 3 years
    5D, 5D II : approx. 3 years
    20D, 30D, 40D, 50D: approx 1 – 1 1/2 years

    • says

      Canon has previously said that its upgrade cycle for pro-level DSLRs is 3 years and I believe the spokesperson was directly referring to the 5D at that time.

  3. Ed Herdman says

    Hmm. This probably is what I should’ve waited for instead of getting the T1i. Been pretty happy with that camera though, and you can’t make pictures with a camera you don’t have.

    I think it’s nice that they are providing a range of cameras, but I hope they don’t start delineating products artificially by omitting firmware features.

  4. says

    No surprise. Competitor to the Nikon D300s. They always go hand-and-hand. Odd numbering convention used though. I would have expected 60D or something like that, not a number greater than the 5D. Still … got sweet spec’s.