The Canon 7D has received a lot of attention since (and even before) its announcement on September 1, 2009. While the camera has been packed full of hype, it seems that it may be well-deserved hype – the 7D packs some serious ammunition. Here’s 7 things that make it stand out from the DSLR crowd.
The Canon 7D can capture images at up to 8 frames per second in machine gun mode, which puts it in the category with other pro-level sports cameras. It’s just a bit shy of Canon’s flagship sports shooter, the Canon 1D Mark III, which captures 10 frames per second.
2. New Autofocus System
The 7D’s new AF system may make it more attractive than the 1D Mark III, which has been plagued with autofocus issues nearly since the camera was released. Canon has obviously invested some serious R&D time on the Canon 7D’s new 19-point, all cross-type AF system. The system also includes dual diagonal cross-type sensors in the center at f/2.8 and f/5.6. Additionally, the 7D offers a number of different ways you can select and make use of these 19 AF points: Single AF point, Spot AF, Area AF, Zone AF, and Auto.
3. Super Sensitive for Low Light
The Canon 7D offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800. Initial reports suggest that the Canon 7D is a stellar performer at higher ISOs; however, I believe most/all of these are based on a pre-production model evaluation. We can’t wait to see what a production model does. Sports and wedding shooters have to love this ability to shoot available light at higher shutter speeds.
4. 18 Whopping Megapixels
You generally get a lot of groans when a camera company packs so many pixels on a sensor. This hasn’t been as prevalent in the first impressions of the Canon 7D – perhaps due to its promising low light, high ISO performance. It seems Canon may have found a nice balance between image resolution and acceptable noise levels with the 7D.
5. 1.6x Crop = Longer Zooms
Another big bonus for sports and bird shooters is the use of the APS-C format sensor. The result of a 1.6x crop gives shooters that need longer focal lengths a bit of an in-camera stretch to their lenses. While there are those who say they would rather crop from a full frame image, plenty of photographers will like that their 300mm lenses feel like 480mm lenses on the Canon 7D.
6. Tons of Video Options
Canon really stepped up the game with the video capabilities of the 7D. It shoots in a variety of frame rates: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 1280 x 720 (HD): 60p (59.94) / 50p, 640 x 480 (SD): 60p (59.94) / 50p. Budding videographers also get solid manual controls for exposure. It’s basically everything we wanted the 5D Mark II to be.
7. Bang for Your Buck
At $1699, the Canon 7D bests the Nikon D300s by $100 while appearing to best it in many other respects as well. Aside from the smaller sensor, the 7D bests or comes close to the 5D Mark II in many of its marquee features – at a price that is $1000 less. For those who don’t need the full frame sensor format, the 7D becomes an obvious choice in terms of its price and features.
Love It / Hate It?
What are your love/hate features in the Canon 7D? Is it on your wish list? Fire away in the comments below.
Read more about the 7D at Photography Bay’s Canon 7D Reviews and Resources.