Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon have today announced the Canon EOS 7D – a widely rumored camera that has caused a lot of discussion around the web in the past few weeks as pictures of it began to surface.

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The Canon EOS 7D is being presented as a new model line for Canon – not an update of another camera in the range it’s certainly above the Canon EOS 50D in terms of features but seems to be positioned alongside the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

The Canon EOS 7D has an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, has dual DIGIC 4 processors and shoots at up to 8 frames per second (for up to 15 RAW or 126 JPEG images), has an ISO range of 100-6400 (and up to 12800 in custom functions), new 63 zone dual layer color sensitive metering and a new phase detection auto focus sensor with 19 f/5.6 sensors and 1 X-type f.2.8 sensor in the center of the frame.

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The EOS 7D comes with a popup flash which can be used to control other wireless flashes, PC sync connector and hot shoe. It has a 3.0 inch LCD display and shoots Full HD videos.

The Canon EOS 7D will be available in September 2009 and will have a recommended retail price of $1700 USD (body only). It is already available for Pre-Order on Amazon.

Canon EOS 7D News Release

Canon U.S.A. Redefines Mid-Range DSLR Category With The New EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera

The EOS 7D Features Fast Eight fps Continuous Shooting, Class-Leading 18-Megapixel Resolution and Full HD Video Recording with Variable Frame Rates and Manual Exposure Control

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 1, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a revolutionary camera that redefines the highly competitive mid-range DSLR product category: the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. Professional photographers and advanced amateurs have been demanding higher performance and more diverse functions in their cameras, and Canon has answered – with the new EOS 7D. Far more than a slight improvement from a previous model, the EOS 7D DSLR is a brand new product that stands on its own with new features never before seen in any Canon camera. Whether it’s shooting at eight frames per second (fps), focusing with the new Zone AF mode or recording 24p Full HD video, the EOS 7D DSLR camera satisfies the most rigorous professional requirements with durability, flexibility, high-resolution images and customizable controls. With its unprecedented out-of-the-box performance and high-end feature set, the EOS 7D is poised as the ultimate step-up camera for serious photographers or a second camera for professionals in the field.

The EOS 7D boasts significant EOS advancements including a completely new 19-point Autofocus system, a new Canon iFCL Metering System (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance) and a new Intelligent Viewfinder. An 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors fuel the EOS 7D’s 14-bit A/D data conversion and its ability to freeze fast motion in high-resolution with eight fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large JPEGS using a UDMA CF card, positioning this camera for the studio as well as the sideline. The EOS 7D captures beautiful low-light images with or without a flash, at occasions such as a dance recital or wedding reception, thanks to a wide range of ISO speed settings from 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800). In addition to its new still capture capabilities, the EOS 7D features Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with selectable frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p. Native 24p recording helps videographers achieve a more cinema-style look for their footage without the need for post-processing.

“The EOS 7D represents a completely new chapter in digital photography and Canon product development. This camera stands alone as the most functional and innovative DSLR Canon has released to-date, bringing together all of the best professional features offered, along with numerous user requests at a price-point everyone can appreciate,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Evolution of Vision, the EOS 7D’s New Autofocus System

The Canon EOS 7D boasts the most advanced AF system ever seen in an EOS SLR. The completely re-designed system includes a new multi-axis cross-type 19-point AF grid, where the focusing points are evenly spread out across the image plane and clearly displayed through Canon’s new Intelligent Viewfinder. All 19 points are f/5.6-sensitive for both horizontal and vertical cross-type focusing, while the center AF point adds high-precision diagonal cross-type sensitivity for f/2.8 and larger aperture lenses. The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is the first EOS SLR to feature 19 cross-type focusing points that remain fully functional with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, which brings the performance of the AF system to unprecedented levels for assignments as varied as fast-moving sports action or low-light wedding ceremonies.

The Canon EOS 7D’s AF system allows numerous AF area selection modes never seen before in an EOS SLR camera. New modes include:

   * Spot AF mode reduces the size of a single AF point to focus on small subjects like an animal in a cage.

   * AF Point Expansion mode uses a cluster of AF points adjacent to the selected AF point to automatically assist focusing on moving subjects, such as an athlete on the run.

* Zone AF divides the 19 AF points into five selectable focusing zones and makes it easier to achieve focus with subjects that are difficult to track with Single Point AF or AF point expansion, such as birds in flight.

Additional AF improvements include a revised Automatic AF point selection sequence that allows a user to pick any one of the 19 AF points as a starting point for tracking moving subjects in AI Servo mode. (Previous EOS models required the subject to first be acquired by the center focusing point.) If the subject moves away, the camera will continue to track the movement with the remaining points and display the active focusing point in the viewfinder. Also, a time-saving feature is AF Point Switching, which allows photographers to select and register one AF point for horizontal compositions and a second AF point for vertical shooting, ideal for studio and portrait photographers.

To complement the new AF system, the exposure metering system for the EOS 7D has been completely re-designed to take color information into account, another first for an EOS system. Canon’s iFCL metering includes a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor that reads both illumination and color for consistent results in all lighting conditions, keeping exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes.

Canon’s new Intelligent Viewfinder uses a liquid crystal overlay to provide clear and precise displays of focusing points and zones, on-demand grid lines and a spot metering circle. The LCD overlay can also be illuminated in extreme low-light situations or turned off completely. The EOS 7D camera’s viewfinder includes a large all-glass pentaprism with an antireflective coating to maximize clarity and provide a brighter display. The EOS 7D’s Intelligent Viewfinder features 1.0x magnification with 100 percent coverage for accurate composition and checking of detail.

EOS HD Movie: Empowering the World of Videography

Canon has blazed new trails in HD video capture with the 5D Mark II. Now, the EOS 7D takes DSLR video to new heights with Full HD capture featuring fully manual exposure control, and selectable cinematic frame rates for both NTSC (National Television System Committee) and PAL (Phase Altering Line) standards. Compatible with more than 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the EOS 7D lets videographers take full advantage of the camera’s large CMOS sensor to achieve the dramatic frame composition they desire. At the heart of the EOS 7D are two key proprietary Canon technologies, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors and a large APS-C–sized CMOS sensor, helping to render stunning color reproduction, amazing depth of field and fine detail, even in low-light conditions. The Canon EOS 7D allows for three video recording modes – Full HD and HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio, all at selectable frame rates. The EOS 7D Digital SLR camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); 720p HD recording at 50p or 60p (59.94) and SD video at frame rates of 50p or 60p (59.94). The EOS 7D features a new dedicated button to initiate live view for both video and still shooting. Once engaged, the same dedicated button will start and stop video recording. Like the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera provides users with the capability to use an external stereo microphone for professional audio effects or a built-in monaural microphone for convenience.

The Features You Asked For

A helpful new tool for architectural and landscape photography where angles and perspective are critical is Canon’s new built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level, featuring an artificial horizon over the image on the rear LCD screen in Live View or in the viewfinder using illuminated AF points for easy leveling while shooting. The dual axis electronic level shows both horizontal roll and vertical pitch, making it easy to identify when the camera is in a fixed level shooting position and ready to take the shot.

The EOS 7D’s pop-up flash features a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of multiple off-camera EOS Speedlites without the need for an external transmitter. This built-in wireless option is a compact and economical solution for studio and wedding photography with multiple flash set-ups.   

A new Intelligent Macro Tracking function helps reduce blur during macro shooting by recognizing when a macro lens is attached and automatically adjusting the AI Servo sampling frequency. This AI Servo adjustment accounts for camera movement forward and back, a typical occurrence when moving in close for a macro shot as photographers rock back and forth, or a flower blows in the wind.

Once in your hands, you can immediately feel the ergonomic improvements of the Canon EOS 7D camera, starting with a new super-fluid body design with continuous curves outlining the top of the camera and a revised grip that fits better in a user’s hand. The camera has a new Quick Control Button, which opens an easy-to-navigate menu on the camera’s LCD screen. From this menu, users can adjust all camera settings including AF modes as well as set custom button functions, an insightful new feature that can easily customize each button’s function to the photographer’s preference. Another new feature is the RAW/JPEG toggle button providing quick dual-format shooting, allowing photographers to quickly add large JPEG or RAW file formats to their already selected shooting mode at the touch of a button.

The Canon EOS 7D camera also features a new large, clear 3.0-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution for enhanced clarity and color when viewing images. The camera’s nine internal seals enhance weather resistance, and its 150,000-cycle shutter durability positions the EOS 7D as a “workhorse” for professionals in any photography discipline.

New Wireless Connectivity

Canon is announcing the availability of the new WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter (WFT) exclusively for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. The WFT-E5A wireless transmitter offers professional photographers a wide range of digital connectivity options including IEEE802.11a/b/g and Ethernet, ideal for commercial and studio work. The WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter opens the door to new possibilities in remote and Geotagged shooting applications. Photographers can fire up to 10 cameras simultaneously from across the room or across the country while maintaining control over camera settings and remote live view on a laptop or smart phone.[i] The WFT-E5A wireless transmitter can also transfer and display images on DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible televisions and photo frames. Geotagging is now possible via Bluetooth, using compatible GPS devices to append coordinate data to the images.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers at the end of September, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,699.00[ii]. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,899.00[iii]. The Canon WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter is scheduled to be available in early November and sell at an estimated retail price of $699.99[iv].

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  • ComputerHelper May 12, 2010 07:04 pm

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  • marisha058 April 11, 2010 04:10 pm

    Remarkable camera, I wanna buy it this summer. Eeeehhhh! It costs about $1500.

  • Noel December 30, 2009 02:12 pm

    Just got this camera with a bonus points thru a company appreciation program, Free 99 and free shipping too,, love it.
    Camera- this is my first DSLR so i cant compare but as total newbie to DSLR world, I am wowed by the AF system and just the grips- fits well in my hands even though very heavy with 28-135 lens it came with. but great great pic so far. I am still learning how to use and enjoy it

  • detoxtechy October 6, 2009 05:03 pm

    7D seems like it is packed with more features than the 5D MKii. now i am having a hard time choosing which one to buy.

  • Jane September 29, 2009 10:06 pm

    Yes KP they are all with Australian Canon Warranty. No grey imports or whatever they are called?!?! lol

    I have been told that it will be a bit of a wait to get your hands on one in Australia unless you have pre-ordered! Extremely popular by the looks!

    I'm going to go down and take a look when the first ones come in to stores........ still thinking I'll wait and see what the general photographic public think before I make my decision! I mean Canon are always going to tell you their stuff is great right???

  • Blau September 29, 2009 02:39 pm

    Wow, big photo is pretty. My nice for quality images.

  • kp September 29, 2009 01:43 pm

    just checked Canon's Australian website - their current Canon recommended retail on 7D is now $2,700 -

    - http://www.canon.com.au/products/cameras/digital_slr.html

    hopefully most retailers will have it below the official price - fingers crossed if Aust dollar keeps going up and up, and so the price will keep coming down - though really like to be able to wait till new Canon D4 or Ds4 come out - maybe 7D price come down again then - and wuld really like more than 15 shot buffer in raw with 8 frames per second - and hope autofocus work much better than 40D in practice - full frame would be nice - and wonder what start price will be on DMk4 and DsMk4 or whatever Canon is making - we been waiting a while - can hardly wait now :)

  • kp September 29, 2009 01:14 pm

    Hey Jane:-

    - great prices :) - very tempting at that price - are they with an Australian Canon Warranty??

    - Teds Camera stores also now have Canon 7D advertised for $2600 pre-order for October - www.teds.com

    Hi Addza,

    The best of those lens are meant to be the L 24-70mm f 2.8 and also L 70-200mm f 2.8 IS.

    Yeah, if you plan on not using full frame at all 17-55mm f 2.8 has the bonus of IS (instead of L24-70mm f2.8)

    What about maybe -

    - a nice wide angle - Canon 24 mm f 1.4 is supposed to be pretty nice (or even the 16-24mm f 2.8), or SIGMA 30 mm f1.4 is meant to be really good value and very well regarded

    - or even a Canon 85mm f1.2 or 85mm f1.8 - for portraits and wedding shots.

    See
    - www.dpreview.com
    - www.the-digital-picture.com/reviews

    Cannot recommend the Canon 50 mm f1.4 for pro low light photography at weddings - see the reviews - it can be inconsistent and too soft at larger f values (tho low light is the reason why u buy it!). told u can get some re-callibrated, but no cant recommend it sadly - the Canon 50 f1.2 is meant to be brilliant (if u can afford it)

  • addza September 24, 2009 02:34 pm

    Ok, so from someone who's about to enter the semi/pro market for the first time and looking at the 7D with one day upgrading to full frame..., what's everyone's advice for a 2 or 3 lens combo for weddings/portraits etc...???
    Lenses i'm currently looking between-
    1) Canon EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS (which sounds like a great lens even though its not L series…and reasonably priced….which I’d keep for the 7D after full frame upgrade)
    2) Canon USM L-series 24-105mm f4
    3) Canon USM L-series 24-70mm f2.8
    4) Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM IS L or the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM IS L
    5) Canon 50mm 1.4 Lens
    6) Canon 100mm 1.8 Macro Lens
    If you could only afford 2 or 3 lenses... which combo would you buy?
    Also, for AUS guys, anyone bought through 'cameras direct' online before?

  • Eric Mesa September 24, 2009 12:19 am

    Canon's Rudy Winston will be demo-ing the 7D at B&H in NYC. So check out http://www.bhphotovideo.com and under "event space" you can sign up. It's 20 Oct, I think.

  • Joe September 23, 2009 02:00 pm

    Carlos, the video functionality offered from cameras of this calibre is far from just a "gadget". I could tear a strip off you for posting one of the most ill informed things I've read today, but I'm going to be a nice guy and just direct you to Vincent Laforet's website where you can see what this "gadget" video looks like: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2008/09/20/something-very-interesting-is-comingboth-to-this-blog-and-to-our-industry/

  • Jane September 23, 2009 12:06 am

    Hi Mike!

    I have been given prices of approx $2350 for body only at Camera Electronics in Perth WA and Camera House are advertising a similar online price. Gerry Gibbs Camera House in Perth WA have 3 or 4 kit prices advertised as well with all kits less than the $3500 you have been quoted. I believe their 7D with 15-85mm lens sells for $3333.33 and the 7D with 18-135mm lens is $3033.33. Of course that is online so I don't know what the kit prices in store would be?

    Sad to say that all prices are out of my budget :-( but one can dream..... right? lol

    Hopefully with the introduction of the 7D the 50D may come down in price.......although Canon cameras seem to hold their value for some time........

    And there's the old debate about whether the 40D isn't in fact a better camera than the 50D?!?!

  • MikeSenior September 22, 2009 03:33 pm

    Where was that Jane? Best price i got so far in the 15-85mm USM kit was $3500-$3700 in Oz. That was from Teds here on the Gold Coast

    Cheers
    Mike

  • Carlos September 22, 2009 09:46 am

    New products are always more advanced than older ones. The good thing is that all recent cameras are able to satisfy 99% of your shooting needs. Instead I would concentrate on taking the most out of my camera and lenses.

    About the integrated Speedlight wireless transmitter that is the most important upgrade in 7D, 5D users will have to use the external transmitter or the Speedlight 430EX/580EX to command other flashes.

    No reason to talk about video since these are cameras and video is only a gadget.

    If you are looking to buy the new Canon 7D you may what to visit http://www.couponshouse.com/calumet/6152/coupon-promotional-code.htm; sometimes they post useful discount codes.

    Enjoy.

  • Jane September 19, 2009 09:55 am

    Oh! andddddddd the first delivery is expected around the second week of October here in Perth Western Australia.

    When, or are they already, available in the US?

  • Jane September 19, 2009 09:52 am

    Update on my previous comments about the cost of this new camera in Australia. Originally I was told around the $3,000AUD mark for BODY ONLY. Yesterday, at a different store, I was informed I could pre-order for around $2300. Still a fair bit of money!! The 7D will apparently be available in several kit forms which would obviously put it back over the $3,000 mark..... :-(

  • MikeSenior September 18, 2009 06:12 pm

    Looks like they were holding back on the 7D for a bit and Chris Bray has released a some new videos for the EOS fans.

    See if you can pickup what Camera he is using in the video :D

    Mike

  • Silverzz September 18, 2009 05:11 am

    Sounds nice, I would like one when I can afford to.

  • varghese victor September 14, 2009 10:41 am

    Now Iam using canon40d and was planing to buy 5dmk2 this week. After tknowing 7d Ipostponed my decission and waiting for the next full frame camera with similer fetures of 7d. But when it will come?

  • Zavrab September 11, 2009 11:29 pm

    Very nice camera, but i not have too many money for it
    My camera Canon a1000,
    I want 7D

  • John September 7, 2009 11:54 pm

    Well - it looks like Canon FINALLY disassembled a Nikon D300 / D300S and cloned it's features! Seriously though - other than an 18mp sensor, this is all stuff that's been on Nikon bodies for YEARS. Except for the fact that the 3 year old Nikons (and the new ones) still kick the heck out of our Canon bodies for action shooting (seriously - 51 focus points with 3D tracking + color information).

    But this is good news if you're a Canon shooter because it establishes features in Canon bodies that will remain in the product line-up and hence, will improve year after year. And, it will force Nikon to add even more goodies which in turn forces Canon to add those same features ... well ... you get the idea. We all win from this battle. So again - I like where it signals the market is going - better gear for all of us to use.

    However - I have real doubts about the ability to shoot "clean" 18mp images on an APS-C - we'll see soon enough - but let's face it the 50D did not win any converts from image quality. The 50D's added 5mp (over a 40D) did not make images that impressed the masses.

    And to the other 'post'ers - I agree:
    - full frame really has something to offer over APS-C,
    - all the best Canon glass is full frame (living with 1.6x if you do the APS-C thing is a pain),
    - I too would be ticked if I just invested $2.5k - $4k in a 5D MII - if you had known you would at least be able to have made a conscious choice as to how you'd spend those $$,
    - Canon has become a lot like HP - every year a new model with features that trouce your more expensive whiz bang unit. And usually, that whiz bang unit cost you more and is only 6-12 months old. That can be frustrating for sure.

    So you can rush out to pre-order and be one of the first to help work out the kinks (a brand new focus system - can you say 1D Mark II ???).

    Personally, I'd wait to see how the new sub-units perform.....

  • smarx September 7, 2009 02:32 pm

    preordred one from bestbuy. had 12% coupon from silver rewards program. Manager said sure we can do this. 7d with 28 - 135 lens was 1899.99 with coupon was1672.00. save 228.00 in store preorder only.

  • kp September 5, 2009 08:19 pm

    Digital Noise effect in blue skys - have come across this pesky pesky problem with the 40D - have since read this can be a problem for the digital SLRs generally - we get lovely bright blue skys here, and if u add a polariser its even deeper blue

    Guess there's a number of ways to approach it, including camera swap/replacement - though also have lots of pix which would otherswise be fabo without this very pesky problemo - so guess I have 2 question types:--

    1. in terms of upgrading cameras - any ideas on whether other digital SLR canon/nikons (above the level of the 40D) still have this same kind of problem? And if not which might be okay/much better? To be honest for some of this any blue sky grain is gonna be a pain, and tempt me to go back to Eos Vs or 3 with at least some of this.

    Would/might this new 7D help to erradicate this problem with digital grain/artifects in blue sky ??????

    2. different ways to minimuse/correct problem in raw or other file types in software? have considered a few different options on this, and tried reading up on it - e.g. replacing the blue sky, fiddling with saturation settings in raw settings in software, making the sky lighter in software, noise reduction and sharpening in software, sharpness and noise settings in camera, etc ??? - but my photoshop skills are self taught and rather primitive - guess thats one for some forums .. been meaning to ask in some forums ..... if this digital blue sky problem has been around for a while, maybe there's some software experts out there who know the best way/s to minimise or fix it?

    Cheers
    KP

  • kp September 5, 2009 08:06 pm

    oooops, may have gotten the D and Ds bits mixed up there, still got the flu, so yeah, Im only just talking about the Canon sports models like the D and 40D in this case - the DMkIII thingy is currently about $5500 here in aus @ present due to a very recent price drop - but Im waiting for now - gonna wait and see what other marvels Canon come up with ....... oh, got a G10 in June, and someone from the big camera shop just told me last night there is now a G11, though their comment from user feedback was that some were saying its not as good as G10 ?

  • kp September 5, 2009 07:49 pm

    response to comments - to kp addressing your points -

    1. duhh... well looks like I just read that incorrectly - it was also a question - fair enough, very good, bit like their pro film cameras, then very nice then - sounds like I got that back to front duh, well my only excuse is virtually have swine flu this week so didnt really have my thinking cap on, appreciate the info

    2. on buffer question, and associated processing time lag - each to their own - sometimes its all just a compromise, and/or a matter of relevance - didnt ask me what type of action shots or sport ?? - in this particular instance its motorsport Im referring to for the buffer - the buffer combined with the comparitively follow-up processing time lag e.g. on the 40D is a bit of a bummer too for these at times - also some shot styles are long continuous sequence shots, and/or large poster size and/or promo shots etc - so yeah it is highly relevant - btw, I also do professional sports work too, including the Olympics - the 6.5 fps is sweet sound, and 8 frames on a digital would be so much sweeter, but 6.5 fps on the 40D its totally stretching the 40D for buffer and processing lag time in aspects of this sport - and the focus point improvements could do a treat - there is also the very pesky pesky digital grain/moire effect on the bright blue sky for the sweet aerial shots, and which hopefully the better/pro digital cameras may minimise - to be honest I've been tempted to use the VS or the 3 for some of this work, especially with the blue sky noise risks using the digital (film cost vs or just renting a Ds, hmmm ?) - hopefully to upgrade to a pro series digital in the next 8 months is really gonna help with this particular field of work - the top Nikons are sounding pretty impressive and half the price in some ways - naturally been watching all Nikon and Canon the prices, reviews & features - perhaps if it was 15 or 20 shots of raw or both jpeg and raw with no real time lag after then thats really worth considering ??? - have a bunch of canons, and am renting a Ds for an upcoming event though not kean to do that every 2 or 3 weeks at $400 a weekend - dont really want to spend on $5,500 or $11,500 on a Ds or D MkIII here to buy one right now when it seems very likely Canon really need to come up with a bunch of new versions considering what Nikon is doing - maybe, hopefully, in competing with Nikon, Canon will finally do our wish list camera of a full frame 8+ fps with large buffer for us soon with better ISO quality and more focus points, but just a whole lot cheaper than they have been - and for these particular motorsports I do need it.

  • Harry Joseph September 5, 2009 12:47 am

    This is the camera I have been waiting for. I have a 30D but did not bite when the 40D, or 50D came out it was just not worth the upgrade. This camera has most if not all of the features I need plus I can keep my 5D as a portrait/Nature lens.

  • kp September 4, 2009 10:57 pm

    kp: addressing your points

    - re: the lens aperture vs AF - this just means that AF will only work with lenses with a MAXIMUM aperture of f/5.6 or greater. You can have them stopped down as much as you want. I.e. if you have an f/1.8 50mm lens, you can stop it down to f/8 and the AF will still work.

    - re: the buffer size - I shoot sports for a living and have yet to meet anyone who would actually shoot RAW over a two day period exclusively. I mean get real. But just for comparisons sake the 1D MIII, which until recently was the definitive sports camera, has a 30 shot RAW buffer, but shoots at 10fps. So comparing the two, the 7D with 8fps and a 15 shot buffer allows approximately 2 seconds of burst whereas the Mark III would allow a 3 second burst. Not a huge difference, especially considering the $3000 price difference.

  • 1D3 September 4, 2009 08:15 pm

    Canon seems to have tested this baby just like the 1 series. I read Rob Galbraith who tested this APS-C camera and was quite impressed with its all out ability. The 7D launch is very similar to 5D2 because, they are introducing something brand new that no other models were using. For 5D2, the Digic IV, HD video, and 21MP. For this baby, a 18 MP Crop, with Dual Digic IV processors, and a complete new autofocus system, probably that will be incorporated into the upcoming 1D. The only thing to worry about the 7D is the Noise, because 5D2 with FF sensor and Digic IV, can't quite match Nikon D3 class products, but this baby comes with dual Digic IV, I think it is definitely target to tackle noise just like 1D3 with Dual Digic III, However this is the APS-C sensor, therefore Dual Digic IV setup is definitely a prequisite, but 18 MP is quite a lot of data to deal with. Lets hope other hardware circuit improvements will make this as good as Nikon D3 class cameras. Besides that, this camera is a world-beater, and I can't wait until I see the release of 1D Mk 4.

  • Nicole from Singapore September 4, 2009 04:28 pm

    For awhile, I'm getting my 5DMK2 but after all the review....I dont want to choose it over 7D....argh..

  • KP September 4, 2009 02:07 pm

    Oh, and at 8 fps for sports/action photography a buffer of 15 shots in raw is not really that many shots, and what if your shooting both jpeg and raw - what is the continuous buffer allowance then? So far, on the information provided, I see two serious problems for genuine real action photography - the low buffer (nothing worse than a day of continual buffer problems and anoyances for ruining/messing up the pleasure of a day or 2 of a sports shoot), and then only 1 centre autofocus point below numbers f 5.6 (too weird? and going back in time over 10 years there arent we???????) - if this is so, its so disappointing, arrrggggghhhhhhhhhhhh - please please fix it soon please Canon. And Canon in Australia - could you please have more than ONE proper full service and repair outlet in Australia? and why do I have to pay for the camera to get there and back? and why would it take 2 or 4 weeks or more? and why does your latest version of your camera softwares not recognise your SLRs or G10? And why does the sensor cleaning not work all that well on the 40D? Im not prepared to pay $12,000 in Australia for your current Ds Mk III, and when within a year, an upgraded model may be under $6000, or the current Nikon camera equivalent is nearly half that. Canon I have loved your stuff for years, and dont really want to swap to Nikon, but Im really on the verge, do we have to wait another 8 to 12 months to catch up with Nikon???? :((((((

  • KP September 4, 2009 01:44 pm

    Im pretty interested, or well I was, but am confused on one particular point from what is written above - just love Canon gear - and been just sooooo hanging out for a new improved Canon model/s this year, as top Nikon cameras a getting such rave reviews and a Nikon kit is really more cost effective now - I have only 1 major question - if its accurate - what do I want with a camera with only 1 autofocus point for f stop values bigger than f 5.6 ???? what the ..........????????????? did I read that correctly ??? ....... only one centre focus point at f4.5, f 4, f 3.5, f 2.8, f 2, etc ?????? is that correct ???? ........ really ..... if so, I consider this a major deficiency, including for sports photography, and will definitely not going to buy this camera ....... a $3,000+ camera with only one centre focus point under f 5.6 - u surely cannot be serious in this day and age ???? hope that is some form of typo error or some form of misread on my part ...... so disappointed right now ............:((((

  • docloy September 4, 2009 12:21 pm

    I live in a third world country, the price would be so sky high! But, nevertheless i will wait for the thorough reviews of this new model.

  • Kieron September 4, 2009 11:22 am

    Sounds amazing...the AF points and wireless for speedlites sound awesome, but I think I'll wait until there are some reviews from people who have used it. I'd like a second body so I don't have to keep changing lenses at events, but I don't know whether to go full frame or not. Tricky decision...

  • Shaz September 4, 2009 10:22 am

    @Jane: Are you serious!? I live in Australia too and that's a whole lot of dosh!

    I'm a Nikon user, but that's one smexy camera. Anyone joining me on a wishlist for this camera? :)

  • Jane September 4, 2009 09:18 am

    $1700 US? Lucky you!! I live in Australia and was informed yesterday by a reputable camera store here that we will be paying $3,000 AUS BODY ONLY!!

    Come on Canon why? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???

    I am currently the owner of the 450D and was saving for a 50D...... Now I ask you how am I ever going to be happy with that when you bring out something like this???

    Although I have been told by more than one person that the 40D is better than the 50D? Confused? JUST A BIT! lol

  • KF September 4, 2009 08:54 am

    Great tool. Unfair comparison with the 5D MKII. The 5D, with its FF is more for landscaping and other fine arts type of photography (no crop factor for wide angles, better control of DOF, very large printing...). The 7D is more for action photography (sport, birds...). If you ant both aspects in the same camera then get a 1D MKIII...

  • Philippe September 4, 2009 07:56 am

    Sounds really great. I've been giving the 5D M2 are hard look but this is far better. However, I am really looking forward to Canon adding GPS metadata capability to cameras like this one. From what I read here that does not appear to be a feature.

  • David September 4, 2009 07:28 am

    I am a little confused. I thought the 7d was a replacement to the 5d mk2 ? What elements of the 5d are better than the new model. I was hoping to see a price drop in the 5d to make it affordable :(

  • Mike Richards September 4, 2009 03:26 am

    Does it have autofocus in movie mode like the Panasonic GH-1?

  • Angela September 4, 2009 01:37 am

    if the 7D is so much better than the 5D Mark II (which I just bought!), with so many more functions, how come the 7D is $1k cheaper than the 5D Mark II? The extra 4 Megapixel on the 5D Mark II couldn't be the reason for the higher price...

  • Grant September 4, 2009 12:13 am

    Exactly what I want but not full frame, do I wait for the next 5DIV to have all that I want and pay for it or bite the bullet and go with this? I am in the market for a new body right about when this will come out, cash in hand now....Canon stepped up their game and listened to what we wanted in a camera, they just left out full frame. I was happy with the 40D and moved to the 50D and was not impressed with the 50D, so this should/would be a step in the right direction with all the unhappy 50D owners.

    Kudos Canon, now where is our Full Frame Version?

  • Ben Jamieson September 3, 2009 11:27 pm

    DPReview shots show ISO3200 looking like ISO 800 on my 40D. If not better.

    Combined with speedlight control and decent AF, this one's taken over the Mk II in list of priorities.

  • F3lixP September 3, 2009 10:12 pm

    I was thinking about trading my 400D for the 5d Mark II next Christmas BUT this 7D looks like a better quality/price deal!

  • Levi September 3, 2009 10:08 pm

    Got this bugger pre-ordered. Can't wait to play with it. Not too sure how the still photography world is reacting to this release... but in the indie film world is going crazy!

  • PRH September 3, 2009 05:49 pm

    quote david h: "How dare an APS-C enter xD series"
    hahaha point taken.
    The 7D seems to be in no-mans-land. It out classes the x0D series but according to some doesn't have the sensor size to warrant the "lofty nomenclature" of an xD.
    Interesting that dpreview has placed the 7D discussion in with the 10D-50D forum and not the 5D/1D/1Ds forum - they obviously agree with you.

  • Jpanic4 September 2, 2009 03:23 pm

    @david h: you are right the Canon 1D MK III has a APS-H sensor which means it has a 1.3x crop factor vs APS-C which has a 1.6x crop factor which is a noticeable difference. So technically the xD series are not just reserved for the FF camera's but i do believe that the 7D was not placed in the right series....

  • MikeSenior September 2, 2009 02:19 pm

    SWEET!!!! I have been waiting for the release of this. Now just gotta get the dosh together :D

    I am even more excited as it is even better than I was hoping

    Mike

  • Seann Alexander September 2, 2009 01:51 pm

    I agree about the sensor noise. I don't shoot over ISO 800 (WHAT 800?!?!) because of noise on my T1i.

    If the numbers come in anywhere close to the 5DMKii in Over 800 ISO, then I will be very impressed.

  • david h September 2, 2009 09:42 am

    @prh: if you read carefully I did mention what you just repeated regarding two flavours of xD series ;)
    From what I know, Canon 1D Mark III is APS-H not APS-C. How dare an APS-C enter xD series.

  • Ed V. September 2, 2009 06:46 am

    Love the new on/off switch!

  • Marc September 2, 2009 03:07 am

    First is the 1700 msrp going to be the real price or is it going to be discounted?
    second, will the price of the 50d go down. This isn't a replacement for it but it kinda is as well.

  • Eric September 2, 2009 01:37 am

    Well, I guess I'm going to pass on the T1i now. My little XSi will have to suffice for a little longer.

    I think the electronic level has me the most excited. Sure all of the other new features are great but I find it is the little things that make the biggest differences.

  • PRH September 2, 2009 12:51 am

    @ david h
    not really. The Canon 1D series comes in two flavours - full frame (1Ds markIII) and APS (1D markIII). It looks like the 7D will be fulfilling the role of the 1D markIII for this particular camera line.
    The only alternative would have been to name it the 5D markIV and all subsequent full frame 5D cameras renamed 5Ds...this would be too confusing.
    The 7D is definitely a class above the x0D series.

  • Jonathan September 1, 2009 11:48 pm

    wow. best thing about this is the built in flash transmitter, something that has been sorely missed from canon DSLRs for some time. Worst thing? still aps-c. If this came out as a full frame I would seriously consider selling gear for one. Although the wireless transmitter is still line of sight, nothing on pocket wizards.

  • david h September 1, 2009 11:17 pm

    I wouldn't mark off the Canon EOS 5D Mark II yet... full-frame does make a lot of difference to some people with certain gear.. Canon L series lenses are all geared towards the full-frame you can see them in the tests results and image quality if you look hard enough.

    A better name for this new camera would have been Canon EOS 70D as to keep the difference between the xD and x0D series.. (one exception being Canon 1D Mark III).

  • LensArtwork September 1, 2009 10:57 pm

    Looks cool to me. Can't wait to see it go head to head in tests to see if it really delivers.

  • Eric Mesa September 1, 2009 10:41 pm

    WTF? Canon better come out with a 5D Mark-III soon or this is just ridiculous. It totally rocks the pants off of the 5D other than not being full-frame. It seems to me like a APS-C version of the 1D (the sports full-frame) with its dual digic processors. In fact, right now it seems like a better deal than the 1D (except for full frame) and it's half the price! Canon sorely needs a top of the line refresh. I'm strongly considering the 7D now instead of the 5D M2 even though I wanted to get into full frame. I'm most excited about:

    -Popup flash with speedlite integration - I already have two of them, now I don't need to have one on the camera itself - woohoo!
    -viewfinder goodness/LCD overlay
    -integrated level - so many of my photos have been spoiled by being slightly off level
    -the AF magics they've got going on in there....

    Wow! Come on Canon - step up your pro line game.

  • FriedChicken September 1, 2009 10:23 pm

    It's a relief! I was following it along all the time, so it was good to know it wasn't in vain.

    Test shots available at DPReview. ISO 3200 + gets grainy.

  • david h September 1, 2009 07:35 pm

    @Jesse: If you've read the press release, which you clearly have not ;P - it's APS-C and ISO upto 12800 (H1).

    Other feature you should know about are (and these features are why I am crying right now... as an owner of Canon 5D Mark II):

    - Pop-up flash with speedlite integration (OMG!!)
    - 19 AF Assist points (serious??)
    - 8 FPS (otherwise I don't see the point of having 2x DIG!C IV processors)
    - 100% viewfinder coverage

    And judging from 2x DIG!C IV processors, the high ISO noise reduction functions will probably work faster than Canon 5D Mark II.

    Really, the only advantage Canon 5D Mark II has is that it is full-frame with 21MP. Other than that, this camera is great for somebody who doesn't mind APS-C!

  • Robd September 1, 2009 06:46 pm

    Interesting, but you have to wonder how well it will perform at high ISO considering how high the pixel density is. So much for the reversal of the megapixel race we thought was coming from Canon along with the G11. Well at least Canon finally has a model to run head to head against the D300 (feature wise, no resolution).

  • Jesse September 1, 2009 06:09 pm

    Honest speaking, I am not a Canon fun. But this 7D does have many wow features, such as dual DIGIC 4 processors, and super-fast semi-pro level continue shoot.

    Is there any formal spec coming out yet? Is it full-frame? How is high ISO? Anyone can comment on them please?