Canon 7D vs. Nikon D300s vs. Sony A500 ISO Test – Round 2

Canon 7D vs. Nikon D300s vs. Sony A500

If you didn’t get enough in the first Canon 7D vs. Nikon D300s ISO Test (and I know a lot of you didn’t, based on the lively comment section), we’re back for Round 2.

This time, we’ve got a couple of additional variables to mix things up a bit — and to see if the claims of some of the Nikon shooters in the comment section of the first round bear fruit. [Read more…]


Canon 7D Service Notice Re: Residual Image in Picture

Canon USA has issued a service notice regarding a phenomenon where traces of the immediately preceding frame may be visible in an image file from the Canon 7D.  This has apparently occurred in situations using continuous shooting mode.  According to Canon, the problem “is not noticeable in an image with optimal exposure.”

As the notice states, “Canon is currently investigating and analyzing the cause of this phenomenon, and we are planning to release a firmware update to address this issue.”

I have been unable to reproduce this effect in testing the 7D today; however, an unofficial discussion and sample images demonstrating the problem appear in DPR forums here.  According to one observer, optimal conditions for reproducing this error include the following:

1. Shoot with maximum continuous shooting rate.(8.05fps)
2. Shoot with fast shutter speed.(>1/500s ?)
3. Image’s back ground is flat and bright.(Blue sky,etc)
4. Target is a fast moving object.(Bird,Jet fighter,etc)
5. 2nd or later frame image has a ghost of previous frame image.

You can read the entire service notice on Canon’s website.

Canon 7D vs Nikon D300s ISO Test

A couple of years ago, after Canon announced the 40D, Nikon dropped a bomb with the D300 and D3 combo.  I remember the cover of Popular Photography read in bold print “Nikon Strikes Back.”  That was a very fitting description in the face of what many thought was a rather mild upgrade to the Canon 30D, which was in turn a mild upgrade to the 20D.   A year later, Canon failed to really “wow” us with the 50D; however, I found the 50D to be an excellent performer.

Fast forward to Summer 2009 and the stage is set for both Nikon and Canon to take another turn at “wowing” us.  The D300s is mostly a rehash of the D300, along with video capture.  Canon, however, stepped out with the feature-packed 7D, which also featured video, but added a spec-list that made it look like a 5D Mark II Jr.

Since the introduction of the D300 was Nikon’s turn to “Strike Back,” will the Canon 7D, in response to the D300s, be “Return of the Jedi Canon”?  Keep on reading this first round of comparisons, which takes a side-by-side look at the ISO performance of these two prosumer cameras. [Read more…]

Canon 7D Firmware Update Version 1.0.9

Canon 7D

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 7D.  The new version 1.0.9 incorporates the following fixes:

1. Improves AF accuracy during Live View shooting.
2. Corrects a phenomenon where in rare instances, movie images shot by the camera may exhibit abnormal colors.
3. Corrects a phenomenon that at certain timings, the shutter cannot be released when the camera’s built-in flash or an external Speedlite is used for shooting.

To learn more about it or to download the update, see Canon’s website.

Canon 5D Mark II and 7D Filmmaking Updates

A couple of recent developments in the Canon 7D and 5D Mark II‘s resume make the camera shine a little brighter.  As we knew, the potential is huge with this camera and it continues to create a ton of buzz in the filmmaking world.

PBS has a new Frontline documentary shot with a 5D Mark II by Danfung Dennis, while embedded with US Marines in Afghanistan. [Read more…]

Canon 7D Available Soon

Canon 7D Availability

Several reports are coming in that the Canon 7D is or soon will be available in the US.  Notably, B&H Photo is now accepting orders for the Canon 7D body only, which usually means they are expecting its arrival very soon.

Other stores where you can order/pre-order the Canon 7D are as follows:


B&H Photo


International Availability:


Keep watching Photography Bay’s Canon 7D Reviews and Resources or stay glued to the front page for the latest updates on this new DSLR.