Canon EOS 7D DSLR Review

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Overview of the Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera

The Canon EOS 7D is the manufacturer’s leading APS-C camera. Designed to compete with products of other manufacturers such as the Nikon D300S, its high resolution is the competitive advantage. Besides, it has a very reasonable price. In many respects, this camera can even outperform Canon’s 5D Mark II. And if a camera with the full frame included is what you are seeking for, this Canon EOS 7D is enough. You won’t need to buy a more expensive 5D camera

Summary of the Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera

Description

  • The resolution is 18 megapixel with the CMOS sensor
  • The camera has a focusing system of 19 AF points
  • You can set the ISO from 100 to 6400, which can be expandable to 12800, in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
  • There is a built-in pop up flash
  • The 3-inch LCD screen has the resolution of 920,000 pixels
  • The dimensions are 5.83 x 4.37 x 2.91 in, which is equivalent to 148 x 111 x 74 mm
  • The LiIon LP-E6 battery used in this camera can be rechargeable
  • The camera weighs 28.92 oz. (820 g) (no battery included)
  • The maximum image size is 5184 x 3456 pixels (There are both RAW and JPEG image formats that you can select)
  • A full HD movie mode is supported

Pros

Almost too many to mention, but here are a few:

  • The resolution is up to 18 megapixels
  • The AF system has 19 points
  • You can shoot up to 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed
  • The performance is excellent in low light conditions
  • The battery life is good
  • Nearly all buttons and controls can be customized according to personal preference

Cons

  • The white balance is unreliable in artificial lighting conditions
  • The photos tend to overexpose slightly in very contrasty conditions
Canon EOS 7D Camera Review Buy

Canon EOS 7D Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Canon EOS 7D Camera

Canon definitely led the digital SLRs camera market for a long time, manufacturing both consumer “crop frame” and professional “full frame” cameras.

Then, both Nikon and Sony started to release cameras which can compete with — and in some cases exceeded — Canon’s products. The EOS 7D is Canon’s response to its competitors.

With the resolution of 18 megapixels and a camera body that is tough magnesium, this camera certainly becomes one of the models in a middle group of presume customers, including those who want to switch to a consumer DSLR. Besides, the price is amazingly low. But does it steal the crown when this camera uses the APS-C format?

AF system

The 7D, which was listed in the list of the best new Canon cameras, has a 19-point AF system. This focusing system is one of the cleverest ones I have witnessed for a long time. To select AF points, you can choose one of the two ways: automatically or manually. Moreover, there are a variety of different modes that you can use to make the most of the system.

For example, there is a Zone AF system in which the points are grouped into five zones. This helps you concentrate the camera’s attention on the part of the image on which you want to focus. There’s Spot AF and AF expansion as well. In addition, you also can program the camera to switch into a certain mode, depending on its orientation. Everything has been well organized to help you ensure the image in focus. Honestly, you’d have to make a real effort not to have an image in focus!

Movie Mode

You can have full manual control over the movie mode on the Canon EOS 7D, in which you can set the shutter speed and the aperture. The movies are nice with full HD mode (1920 x 1080 pixels) and an internal microphone to record mono sound. It is possible to attach an external microphone to a jack for full stereo sound. Especially, you can have a high quality video output with the available 7D’s Dual Digic 4 processing as well.

The only weak point is that when you select to shoot at a faster speed (50 frames per second, this will requires a lower resolution (720p). At this resolution, you can easily see jagged lines on diagonal edges. However, this is not a problem at full HD resolution.

White Balance

It is common that Canon just hasn’t quite solved issues with automatic white balance in artificial lighting conditions, and there is no exception for the Canon EOS 7D. You will almost certainly need to set the Custom White Balance in cases that you want perfect whites for indoor situations.

Of course, if it is not for the studio situation in which a perfect white balance is required, you may not have to concern about this aspect. However, the result is that you will obtain images of a distinctly yellow tinge. To compensate for this, you should shoot photos in the RAW format, and overlay your adjustments in post-production.

Flash

An interesting feature of the Canon EOS 7D is that it has intergrated a popup flash which is also a dedicated Speedlite transmitter. This means that the camera flashes will be wirelessly controlled off through acting as a trigger light.

Image Quality

You can obtain nice images of the good quality throughout the ISO range for the Canon EOS 7D. The image quality is even amazingly great for this type of camera. Just the only disappointment with this camera is a cheap lens!

The performance of the camera is great in low light conditions. The only issue with the image quality is that the camera tends to produce overexposed images in severe contrast conditions. However, you can prevent this by shooting photos in the RAW format

In Conclusion

The Canon EOS 7D certainly has its own competitive advantages against all other cameras in its class. I’d even say it can be favorably compared with its previous generation, the 5D Mark II, except the case that a full frame camera is what you are looking for. While the image is excellent, you will also be very pleasured to use the AF focusing system with this camera. Plus, its rugged build quality and ability to produce high quality images in both RAW and JPEG make it well worth your consideration.

This is another Canon camera that I’d recommend without hesitation.

 

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