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  • 18 Megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor
  • Continuous shooting at 8fps with 94 shot JPEG burst
  • ISO range 100-6400 expandable to 12800 for excellent low-light performance
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • 19-point cross-type AF system including Spot AF

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  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 14.8 x 11.1 cm ; 821 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 3814B006AA
  • ASIN: B002LSI1LO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,649 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Designed by you, built by Canon
The Canon EOS 7D is built to match the passion of demanding professionals or advanced amateur photographers. Its design marries the precision of its 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor, with powerful dual DIGIC 4 image processors to deliver superb resolution, 8 frames per second shooting and high ISO performance.

19-point AF system, iFCL metering system, an intelligent viewfinder with 100% coverage, alongside Full HD 1080 movie shooting means the EOS 7D combines performance with unprecedented versatility.

The new menu layout and ergonomic control dial makes using the EOS 7D a breeze.

The new menu layout and ergonomic control
dial makes using the EOS 7D a breeze.
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Powerful resolution and performance
The 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor provides superb quality images with sufficient resolution and detail to enable you to scale your images up and crop in to them, as well as getting creative with your image processing.

The EOS 7D is Canon's first dual processor camera outside the EOS 1 range. Working alongside the sensor, two powerful DIGIC 4 processors bring impressive speed - 8 frames per second in bursts of up to 94 JPEGs - and an extremely broad range of ISO performance: from 100 - 6400, expandable to an ultra-sensitive 12800. Not only do you benefit from remarkably low noise and improved performance in low light conditions, Digic technology also gives natural colours and smooth gradations of tone.

Fast and precise focusing
The EOS 7D incorporates a newly developed 19-point cross-type AF system. All sensors are cross type f/5.6 - ideal for any subject, with the centre point being f/2.8 - perfect for macro or portrait shots. Five AF selection modes, including Zone and Spot modes, offer new ways to select AF points and ensure you can compose the image exactly as you want to.

iFCL Metering
To complement the 19-point AF system, the EOS 7D features a new, 63 zone dual-layer sensor. By taking into account the color and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points, this new system delivers an entirely new level of accuracy for better results even in difficult lighting situations. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimised; the EOS 7D gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as a theater or concert hall. This makes the EOS 7D ideal for scenes with extreme difference in brightness; the camera balances exposure of the main subject at the background, and exposures are not overly influenced by bright areas in the shot.

The 19-point AF system, 63 zone dual-layer sensor and 8fps shooting means you'll  always get the perfect shot

The 19-point AF system, 63 zone dual-layer
sensor and 8fps shooting means you'll
always get the perfect shot
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Intelligent viewfinder
The EOS 7D features a redesigned viewfinder that not only offers an approximate 100 percent coverage, 1x magnification, a 29.4° angle of view and user-controlled dioptric adjustment, it also features a newly-designed transparent LCD display which enables a number of viewfinder displays to be overlaid at the touch of a button.

Whereas with other cameras the representation of AF points and metering areas are static, with the EOS 7D, they can be displayed, adjusted and hidden, in camera, with ease. This means less distraction and more clarity to view the image in its entirety. Display options include: grid, spot metering, AF points display, hide all, zone AF, spot (single-point) AF, AF point expansion and Dual Axis Electronic Level display.

Live View Function
The EOS 7D's 3-inch Clear View II LCD monitor, with Live View, Face Detection and 160° viewing angle, is easy to use even in bright daylight.

Switching to Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the LCD monitor. It's easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping vertical or horizontal lines in your composition straight. Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through a USB connection, and the included EOS Utility software.

In Live View Function you can action three Auto Focus (AF) modes: Quick mode, Live Mode and Face Detection Live. Quick mode uses the camera's standard AF system and is great for capturing action or for shooting in low light. Live mode is a contrast-based AF system that reads the sharpness of subjects right from the imaging sensor, and can be overridden by pressing the AF mode selection button. The target area for Live Mode AF is at the center by default, but it can be moved around most of the picture area with the cross keys on the back of the camera. Face Detection Live optimises the focus based on the faces it detects in the frame, making it easy to capture fast spontaneous portraits.

High Definition movie-making
In addition to being able to take great still images, with the EOS 7D's Full HD (1080p) video recording with manual control and selectable frame rates, you can also shoot stunning high quality movie footage. What's more there's no need to choose: you can capture both at the same time. The camera has a built in mono microphone with wind cut filter and a stereo mini-jack for an external microphone. It is easy to view and share your movies and stills too thanks to an HDMI connection, which allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV.

Customising the Portrait Picture Style lets you shoot with confidence.

Customising the Portrait Picture Style lets
you shoot with confidence.
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Choose your style
The EOS 7D allows you to change the look of your images by customising Picture Style settings for colour, saturation, sharpness and contrast, either in-camera or later with Canon's comprehensive software suite supplied. Six preset Picture Styles include Portrait, which provides a slightly sharp and crisp image with nice skin tones, Landscape, which emphasizes vivid blues and greens, and Monochrome to give you stunning black and white images. Canon also offers additional downloadable 'Picture Style Files' that can be installed into your camera for even more imaging options at your fingertips.

Unlock your creativity
The EOS 7D offers a choice of shooting modes. Full Auto allows you to use the camera to 'point and shoot'; Portrait, which ensures the background is out of focus and the foreground is pin sharp. Creative Auto Mode (CA) is a cross between the Basic and Program Modes allowing you to adjust the Flash, resolution, drive mode and Picture Style. You can set aperture and exposure via a slider that's adjusted with the Quick Control dial.

For more control over your images you can choose from five Program Modes.

The different modes allow you to control the look and feel of your images

The different modes allow you to control
the look and feel of your images.
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In Program AE Mode both the aperture and shutter speed are controlled by the camera but you can select other settings: With Drive Mode you can select from Single Shot, Continuous Shooting or Self-timer; Metering Mode allows you to specify the area of the image you wish the camera to use to calculate exposure; and White Balance setting means you can determine what the camera reads as white to allow for your specific lighting conditions.

Aperture Priority AE Mode (Av) mode automatically sets the shutter speed, but allows you to control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture.

Shutter Priority AE Mode (Tv) automatically sets the aperture and you select the shutter speed enabling you to change the appearance of motion in your shots.

Manual mode allows you to control both aperture and shutter speed so you have total creative freedom with your shots - great for difficult lighting situations or capturing subjects with different effects.

Bulb Exposure Mode (B) enables you to take long exposure shots using a cable release and tripod. The shutter remains open all the time your finger is on the shutter button.

In these modes you can change your ISO speed. This is the measure of the sensor's sensitivity to light. Altering it allows you to modify the exposure accordingly and gives you more freedom to be creative with your shots in different lighting conditions.

You can also pre-program up to three user-defined Custom Modes (C1, C2, C3). Using a menu system you can store the camera set up, including ISO metering pattern, white balance, shooting mode and custom function sets, so that you can automatically reselect that set up simply by choosing the appropriate Custom Mode on the dial. A sports photographer may have favorite settings for motor racing, gymnastics and tennis for example. Setting these as Custom Modes makes switching between them quick and convenient.

Reliable and compatible
The EOS 7D's robust magnesium alloy body has shutter durability of 150,000 releases and highly dust- and weather-resistant environmental seals making it extremely reliable and equally suited to location or studio work. It is compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards for convenient storage options. An Optional Wireless File Transmitter with External HDD and GPS compatibility is available.

Professional Software
The EOS 7D allows you to shoot in RAW format and the Digital Photo Professional software which comes free with it enables high-speed RAW image processing, fast previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it is CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers.

A world of advantages from Canon technology

The EOS 7D's 18MP CMOS Sensor & Dual  DIGIC 4 Processors combine to give execptional performance.

The EOS 7D's 18MP CMOS Sensor & Dual
DIGIC 4 Processors combine to give
execptional performance.
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In-built genius
The CMOS sensor lies at the heart of the EOS system. Indeed, Canon is the only camera manufacturer to produce their own sensor and years of imaging experience are borne out by the results - a range of sensors designed to perfectly match the performance requirements of each specific EOS model and superb clean detailed images with minimum noise.

The CMOS sensor's larger pixel sizes mean wider dynamic range for greater contrast and detail in shadow and highlight areas and a low-pass filter in front of the sensor suppresses the false colour and moiré that can affect high resolution digital photography.

It is extremely powerful and efficient so not only does it improve battery life giving you more shots per charge, but it also enables fast transfer of data to the processor allowing you to keep shooting continuously.

Power in your hands
Canon's latest generation of DIGIC processor, the DIGIC 4, is the brain of the camera and is responsible for the superb responsiveness of all EOS models. Faster and more powerful than it's predecessor, the DIGIC 4 processor gives exceptional performance and low noise at higher ISO speeds.

In the instant between your shot being taken and its appearance on the LCD screen, Canon's cutting-edge DIGIC technology, which was originally developed for Canon's Professional range, is racing to optimise your image.

DIGIC processors are able to analyse ultra-detailed image data gathered by the camera sensor then use this to swiftly reproduce the subtlest of tonal graduations and an exceptionally wide colour range.

When shooting in darker conditions, even if you are pushing the ISO to the limit, DIGIC processing applies sophisticated Noise Reduction algorithms - helping to eliminate graininess and preserve detail. The speed of DIGIC also means less processing time for long battery life and fast start-up times.

With over 60 lenses to choose from you'll never be short of creative options

With over 60 lenses to choose from you'll
never be short of creative options.
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EF & EF-S Lenses
Over 60 years of experience give Canon an inherent advantage when it comes to lens manufacture. EOS digital SLRs are backed up by the world's most comprehensive system of interchangeable lenses. From 15mm ultra wide angle to 800mm super telephoto, the 60+ lenses in the EF series cover all possible shooting requirements.

Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses. And Canon's Optical Image Stabiliser technology is featured in selected lenses to minimise the effect of camera shake.

Extend your lighting capabilities
Canon's extensive range of Speedlites can make it simple to get great results with your flash photography and can be used on or off camera to open up a range of creative possibilities. The Speedlite range is compatible with all EOS cameras and includes a choice of three standard models and two models for specialist macro use.

The EOS 7D has an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter making it easier than ever to make the most of them.

The self cleaning unit combats dust using ultrasonic vibrations

The self cleaning unit combats dust using
ultrasonic vibrations.
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EOS Integrated Cleaning System
This is not a stand-alone feature but a built-in system to minimise the effect of dust in high-resolution digital images - particularly appreciated by those photographers who need to change lenses frequently and in dusty environments.

Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit - A key element of minimising dust is preventing it from clinging to the front surface of the imaging sensor. To combat against this EOS cameras feature a Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The low-pass filter at the front of the sensor shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. A collar positioned around the sensor then collects the loosened dust. In addition to this a special coating on the front surface of the low-pass filter actually causes it to repel dust.

Dust Delete Data Detection - Any dust that still remains on the front of the sensor can be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional software. A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken, using a menu setting. This Dust Delete Data image is analysed in-camera, and the location and size of any remaining dust is added to any subsequent pictures taken. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.


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The EOS 7D is an excellent addition to Canon's range of APS-C DSLRs that is, in terms of build quality, speed of operation, ergonomics and image quality, a cut above Canon's previous APS-C flagship, the EOS 50D. Its eight frames per second continuous shooting speed and highly flexible AF system, coupled with an 18Mp CMOS sensor with formidable high ISO capabilities make the Canon EOS 7D one of the finest APS-C DSLRs that money can buy.

Full Summary
At first glance the EOS 7D looks a lot like the EOS 50D - it's unmistakably a member of the EOS family - but a closer look shows that this is far from being the gentle refresh that we're used to seeing in this range. And indeed, this is intended as big brother to the 50D, rather than as a replacement for it.
For a start, the camera is built around a new 18MP sensor, but the thing you're likely to notice before you even fire a shot is the impressive new viewfinder. 1.0X magnification and 100% coverage offers a noticeable improvement over the 0.95X, 95% finder in the EOS 50D.

However, the 7D isn't just a 50D with a new sensor, viewfinder and revised body - other headline changes include a new AF system with a dedicated processor, dual Digic 4 processors and a new shutter mechanism to allow 8fps continuous shooting, and the ability to control groups of external flashguns using its built-in flash.

Gear Store Description
The 18MP Canon EOS 7D sits at the top of Canon’s lineup of APS-C DSLRs. The 7D’s well thought-out design and sensible button placement makes switching between shooting stills and video easy, and both exposure and autofocus are very capable. Enthusiasts will love the 7D’s highly customizable user interface, and appreciate its solid build – its magnesium alloy body shell is tough enough to withstand heavy use, and environmental sealing ensures resistance to dust and water incursion. A recent firmware update injected fresh life into the EOS 7D, improving the continuous shooting buffer, adding a customizable auto ISO function and enabling the use of Canon’s GP-E2 GPS module.

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The Canon EOS 7D offers excellent image quality in all shooting situations and an impressive speed of operation, combined with very good build quality and ergonomics.

Review Pros

  • Class-leading detail and resolution at base ISO, good per-pixel sharpness
  • Very good low-light performance, low noise levels and good retention of detail
  • 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed
  • Thanks to Dual Digic 4 processors very quick and responsive performance
  • Excellent build quality with magnesium body and environmental sealing
  • Good ergonomics, well shaped and comfortable hand grip
  • Improved button and control layout over 50D/5D Mark II
  • Highly customizable user interface
  • On-screen Q-Menu offers good alternative for access to shooting settings
  • Large and bright viewfinder with 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage
  • Highly flexible new AF system with 19 cross-type sensors
  • (Relatively) quick contrast detect AF in live view
  • Good quality 1080/720p video output with a range of frame rates
  • Easy switch between stills mode, movie mode and live view
  • External microphone socket
  • Useful highlight tone priority mode
  • Reliable flash exposures
  • Wireless flash control
  • Optional wireless and battery grips
  • Dual axis electronic level
  • Good battery life
  • Comprehensive software bundle
Review Cons
  • Unreliable white balance under artificial lighting
  • Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions
  • Occasional jagged lines in 720p video
  • No built-in AF illuminator

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In the last six years or so I've moved from a 300D to a 20D to a 5D, then back to a 40D in search of a balance between image detail, features and shooting speed. Image size was never really an issue as I'm not a pro, and the 50D just wasn't a big enough step over the 40D to make me upgrade a year ago. I love the 40D, it was the most "sorted" camera I'd ever used. So when the 7D came out I agonised over it and tested it a few times in shops - with mixed results since its version of RAW wasn't supported by Photoshop or DXO at the time. Then in a moment of madness I made the jump. And I'm VERY glad I did.

18 megapixels isn't where it's at for me with this camera and lots of tests have shown that it's still not quite got the resolving power of the full-frame 5DmkII - but then I've hardly taken a shot at more than medium image size or mRAW in the month I've owned it. What's really brilliant is the redesigned focusing and metering system, the unbelievable frame rate, the battery life (and a menu with information about the battery), the hi-res screen and real-world application of live-view tech that takes everyday photography to a completely new level (eg, held at arms length above your head). Also just how well balanced it feels in the hand and, I never thought I'd say this about a digital SLR: the movie mode. You might only use it once a month, and it sucks up a ridiculous amount of disk space but but it blows away handycams I've used for image quality.

There are a few minor downsides: for my liking JPGs are a bit soft, but I've ramped sharpness up in user settings and there is an "instant RAW" button that allows you to shoot an emergency duplicate RAW file without fiddling in the menus or having it on all the time with associated workflow problems.
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The 7d Rocks. Buy one.

Here's some more words to justify those 2 short sentences.

I'd been looking to upgrade for a while and it came down to the 5d MkII and the 7d. Budget played a part and whilst I would have loved the 5d's monstrous resolution I wasn't keen on its archaic autofocus system which was essentially lifted from the original 5d with little improvement. I own the original 5d and love the image quality but have found the autofocus wanting on many an occasion. My 5d also feels really slow compared to my 40d so I figured the 7d would give me even more responsiveness and was therefore the better choice for what I actually need it for (weddings, fashion, sport)

Anyway, I've used my new 7d and am very, very happy indeed. It has made my 5d feel like a clunky old brick but it's a hell of an upgrade!

The body feels solid and if you've had a Canon camera before you'll be right at home finding your way around the buttons. The camera is highly customisable and there are some amazing features in there. One of my favourites was the way you could turn on a grid in the viewfinder to aid composition. It's some kind of LCD overlay that is only visible when the camera is on but what an aid to composition! It removes the need to change the mirror in the camera and is a great function. Also, the individual AF points can be turned on or off in the viewfinder. Talking of AF there are now 19 points - any of which are selectable. The AF system has been updated and the AF points can work in small groups to aid accuracy. It's certainly given given me great hit rates so far.

We all know about the 8 fps shooting speed so there's not much to say there other than it's a great sports / wildlife camera with a feature like that.
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First of all I would like to compliment Canon for continuing firmware updates on this 5 year old camera. Firmware version 2 has upped the already rich specs. The last firmware version 2.0.5 was posted just a couple of months ago. Other camera manufacturers (sorry Nikon) would make a camera redundant by producing an upgraded camera.
I have had this camera since it's release date, way back in 2009. My previous digital EOS camera was the D60 released in 2002, sporting a 6.3 megapixel crop sensor.

Through the years I was looking for a worthy upgrade to the D60, and after trying several models, I still found that none could beat it as regards IQ.

That all changed with the introduction of the EOS7D. Finally I had found the perfect camera to suit my needs:

Key Features:

✓ Zippy auto focus with 0 shutter lag
✓ "Phase detection" which has now been implemented in modern cameras. Firmware update 2 has really enhanced this feature. The EOS 7D was the first camera using phase rather than contrast detection
✓ Outstanding image quality
✓ Robust magnesium weatherproof body

.... the list is endless.

Many Amazon reviewers have gone through the specs years ago, so I will not bore you with repetition, however the new firmware update (which I have installed and can confirm Canon's statements are 100% true) has improved the following: (Quoted from Canon's website)

"The next evolution of the EOS 7D has arrived! Firmware Version 2.0.X brings the EOS 7D up to speed with the best technologies Canon has to offer, delivering performance and features befitting the flagship APS-C EOS DSLR. Firmware Version 2.0.
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