Canon - EOS 7D DSLR Camera with 28-135mm IS Lens - Black
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- Megapixels (Total)19.0
- Lens FeaturesEF with dual diagonal cross-type sensors
- LCD Screen FeaturesLCD monitor with 920K pixels, 160° viewing angles and reflection resistance
- Face DetectionYes
- Panorama ModeNo
- Image StitchingYes
- Self-Timer10 sec.
- Camera DockNot included
- File FormatsJPEG, RAW, DPOF, MOV
- Color CategoryBlack
- HD Movie ModeYes
- Smile ModeNo
- HD Movie Mode FocusManual Focus
- Max ISO3201 - 6400
- Frames Per Second7 - 9
- Removable Memory IncludedNo
Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 197 reviews(197 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great upgrade from 20D, happy customerPosted .
It depends! If you are looking for a comparison between the 5D and the 7D, or if I would have a recommendation of one over the other, this is not for you. This is written from the perspective of someone who upgraded from the xxD series to the 7D. Before I go into a detailed review about the 7D and whether you should upgrade or not, a little background about me to help you guys compare it to your situation. I'm an amateur photographer who does the occasional paid gig, more because I enjoy it rather than for the money. I have been taking pictures for 4 years now, went through 35mm learning curve and then switched to 20D in Mar 06. I have shot with the 40D, but never owned the 30/40/50D. Current lenses include 17-40mm f/4L, 24-70mm f/2.8L, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 70-200mm f/4L IS, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, 135mm f/2L & 100mm f/2.8macro. I still have my 35mm EOS 3 which I love and use rarely. Am I happy I upgraded from the 20D? You bet! I believe that one should invest in lenses first and keep the camera for the last (unless of course, if you are a pro). It has been a real upgrade from the 20D. The 7D feels like a slightly bigger and definitely heavier camera than the 20D and I am still getting used to carrying it (this is a review after 24 hrs of the purchase). When I put the 24-70 2.8L on to it, it balanced just beautifully, yes, both are heavy, but they just beautifully balance each other. I could carry the 20D with battery grip in one hand. However, the 7D+24-70L is definitely a two handed camera, even without the battery grip. If you are a petite lady or a guy with small hands reading this, you could get some practice lifting 5lbs dumb bells. No, I am not joking...add the 580EX on top of this, and you will know that I am serious. I love the way it feels in my hand and the way the camera rests firmly on my left palm while I hold it. So much for ergonomics and body feel. The neck strap has 7D written on it, which clearly is meant for bragging rights. The IQ is the biggest jump from the 20D (duh!) Every clickgasm results in a beautiful image, especially when you combine it with a good repertoire of lenses. Yes, I said clickgasm, because every click is just so much sweeter like a 1000 bag pipers playing in the distant, but just for 1/60th of a second. Love it. I also love the sensor cleaning functionality, something that was missing in the 20D, which was more prevalent in the 40D & 50D. It provides confidence and reassurance that this is a good thing for the camera. Oh and talk about the LCD. A real leap for me, may be less so from the 50D, but I love how the menu functionality is organized. The resolution of the LCD is outstanding and almost zero glare. I constantly had that problem with the 20D, but this is a huge improvement and am very happy. In the 20D, you could'nt tell if an image was OOF, but in this, it is very obvious if there is a shake or OOF. And the color and contrast visible in the LCD itself is outstanding. Think of the jump between monochrome computer monitors to the color flat screens...that is what it is for me. In addition, I also like how the Quick Setting is organized, which displays about all the image settings from exposure scale, white balance, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, metering and all the happy stuff. The menu is different from the Quick Setting, and that goes into the additional details such as FEB, AEB, ISO expansion, custom functions, Highlight Tone Priority etc. Very well done Canon, I love it so far. The 8fps is really cool, but I used to have 5 fps in the 20D with the battery grip and used it only while shooting sports, the 8 will come in handy on the rare occasion that I use it for pro sports. And you get that without any additional battery pack, which is good. ISO expansion and noise reduction looks very good at the first glance. The pictures from the 20D were sub par at 800 and unusable at 1600 and above. I took a couple of pictures at 3200 with the 7D and am very impressed with the improvement in IQ. There is a substantial improvement despite the higher MP in the sensor, so very happy with it. For the thrill of it, I shot a pic at 12800 (posted it in the gallery, the canon 77mm lens cap) and compared it with the same pic at 3200. I would give a 5 star to canon on this one too. OMG, the 19pt focus, I absolutely love it. Think of it this way, I learnt advanced photography in the Canon EOS 3 (35mm), which has 45 point focus. when I bought the 20D, I felt like it was a huge downgrade in focusing ability. It was not cool to loose the ECF feature of the 3 either. But I love going back to the 19point focus feature...I dont know, something about it is just cooler. It is most helpful in taking macro shots, which I do a lot of, and I dont have to move the focus and then move the camera ( I know, I know, pathetic way of taking macro shots). Again, glad that finally Canon is bringing this feature in. Two features I am yet to use and will add it to a later review after use are the wireless flash and the HD video. Should you upgrade from the 30/40/50D? I have shot with a 40D and I have to say that the improvement in IQ from 20D to 40D was substantial and a bigger leap than the 40D to the 7D (I have not used the 50D). If you have $1900 extra and would love to splurge on this, by all means. The only time I would strongly advise against buying the 7D is if you spent much of your time with your previous DSLR in the basic mode and never in the P, Av, Tv, M modes. This camera doesnt have any of those modes and is not meant for someone interesting in learning photography, it is meant for someone who knows what they are doing. If you are really interested in shooting HD video in one camera and want to make use of a good collection of lenses for the video, absolutely go for it. This provides a slightly cheaper option compared to the 5D. I never even considered the 5D as I knew it was not for me. I dont know that I will gain value for the additional $800. So cant help you if you are trying to choose between the 5d and the 7d. The four biggest reasons I can see you going for an upgrade are 1. HD video 2. Wireless flash 3. 19 pt focus 4. Weather and Dust sealing that is a part of the xD series. If you are considering an upgrade for the sake of IQ, you may be in for a disappointment. Dont get me wrong, there is an improvement (my POV is from 40D), but just that the 40D itself is so good that there is little room for Canon to improve. There are a lot more reasons to upgrade if you are using the 20D or the 30D as I have mentioned earlier in my review. Any complaints with the camera so far? None so far, Im very happy. Of course, the price could be cheaper, but oh well. I also wish real estate in California was cheaper, but lets be realistic, Canon is in this business to make money. I noticed that one reviewer had focusing problems, I have had none and am very happy with the camera so far. I will continue posting pictures and additional review points...happy clickgasm!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fast & Easy, Don't Waste Money on 5D Mark II, YetPosted .
This is my first Best Buy review...I'm a normal person...bought the camera from Best Buy, got an email asking if I wanted to review it, so here I go... It really is a wonderful camera and I'm not sure there's anything better on the market today under $5000. I was deciding between the 5D mark ii and this 7D. I opted for the 7D because it incorporates newer, better technology. When you compare the features of these two cameras, you'll see the 5D doesn't compare...except for that darn full frame sensor. I was really, really stuck on this. I wanted all the features of the 7D, the speed, the style, the new focusing, the processors...but I was so worried about the crop sensor. This was not about money...the cost wasn't an issue. It was about new technology, a better camera versus an older camera with a full frame sensor. In the end, I felt, I couldn't go backwards...the 5D mark ii seemed "old" to me...the 7D felt like the "latest," and it is. Eventually, I assume the 5D will have all of the features of the 7D and more, and I may upgrade then (though I'm not sure I'd need to). I bought the 7D and right away I borrowed a friends 5D mark ii and started comparison shooting with the same lens, same shots, etc. Bottom line, there is NO DIFFERENCE in quality in the shots...if I showed you 10 shots and asked which were better, it'd be like flipping a coin. (If you plan to shoot full length posters, I did not compare, but at 16 x 20 and below, there is no difference.) Did the full frame vs. crop make a difference...yes, no doubt. My solution, kept the better camera (the 7D) and bought a wide-angle lens. I'm happy. Hopefully this helps. (Side note: hard to tell in the attached compressed photo just how beautiful the quality is.)No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Camera!|Posted .
I love this camera - all features are great - took some getting used to some of the newer features such as the 19 point AF - if one of the points isn't focused on the object you want in focus - your pics will not be what you expect. I've shot a little over a thousand pics so far (had the camera since mid October 2012) - both motion and stills - Love it! Have been a Canon owner since I was a child - learned from my dad - from the old regular film cameras - which I still have, to my first digital and so on.....have had experience with others - would / will ALWAYS come back to Canon!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great for Sports, and More!Posted .
This is my first DSLR, and after many weeks of research, I'm not disappointed with my decision. For years I've used a point and shoot for my wife's marathons and triathlons, and was very upset with many of the pictures....So, I started researching, and spoke with many people who shoot sporting events that actually make a little money doing it. All recommended the 7D over the others that I was considering (T2i, and 60D). Don't get me wrong, the other two that I was looking at are great cameras also, but they can't compare to the 7D's 8 fps. Also, the 7D body is constructed with higher quality material (magnesium), giving it a rigid feel. The other two cameras that I was looking at, have a very "plastic" feel to them. The only concern I had getting the 7D, was the learning curve....going from an 8 year old Kodak point and shoot, to this mid-range DSLR. I must say that the operation/set-up is very simple. The owner's manual is easy to follow, and there are many on-line videos that can help most with the operation/settings for this DSLR. This camera works great in other picture taking ventures (other than sports). I've gone to some local parks and shot some wildlife....Awesome results!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
great camera, not for the beginnerPosted .
I've had this camera for a couple days, but I've had a Canon Rebel XSi for two years prior. I needed an upgrade. This camera has been great so far. I've taken a few hundred photos and some video. The video is hard to get used to. Best if used on a tripod. The video files are huge so I recommend getting larger than a 4G CF memory card with 30 mb/s. Also the photo files range from 5mb to 7mb, so they are also bigger than usual. I do not recomment this to the soccer mom. Although the automatic functions are good, the whole camera is going to be complicated to anyone who's never picked up a DSLR before. It's backwards from the Rebel, but once I get the hang of it, it'll be easier. At 6400 ISO, there is a little noise, but you'll have to spend 10k + to get a camera with zero noise. It is very fast. 8 frames per second is great for sports, except the focus doesn't change throughout the frames, so sometimes they seem out of focus. Overall this camera is excellent and worth every penny. Also, the lens that comes with it, 28-135mm has a great range. It's perfect for everyday use.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Upgraded from a T1i|Posted .
I upgraded from my T1i so I could get better picture quality and I was not disappointed. The camera feel great to hold. This camera would be tough to figure out for a beginner but there are plenty of videos that could help you out online. The shutter is a little too loud but over all I am more than pleased with the product. A note about the pictures, they have been mildly edited with Photoshop for sharpness and exposure, etc but the quality of the pics from the 7D are great even without editing.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Currently THE best crop sensor cameraPosted .
When the Canon 7D was announced, I had the 40D and XTi. After reading the specifications and the few previews/reviews (of beta copies), I just had to get one. The 40D/50D are great cameras. But the 7D is a huge leap above what the 40D/50D bodies offer. While 1080p HD video recording capabilities were a plus, the main draw for me were the 19 auto-focus points, the 100% viewfinder, 63 zone metering, and the dual processors. As far as APS-C aka 'crop sensor' cameras are concerned, this is a great camera. My only complaints so far are: 1. 18 Megapixels. I think Canon could have kept it at or under 14MP and in order to gain better high ISO performance. Of course, maybe the balance differences between MP and high ISO performance was negligible at 18MP, and that's why Canon chose 18. 2. Lacks an AF assist light on the body. Granted, I have an 580 EX II and can put that on the body, set it to not fire and only use AF assist on the flash. But an AF assist light on the 7D body would have been a nice feature to have. 3. Single slot CompactFlash only. I like CF. I have lots of cards. But I wish Canon would follow Nikon and put dual slots, one CF and one SDHC, and allow the operator the ability to use either or both slots at the same time. I'd like to have a 8G CF and an 8G SDHC card in the body and write to both for redundancy (backup) or even to separate still and video. That said, what you get from the 7D far outweighs the minor deficiencies noted.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent -- nothing to criticizePosted .
I can't find anything wrong with this camera after owning it about a month. This represents a significant step in the evolution of Canon's already mature technology. Despite its complicated features, the EOS7D is fairly intuitive, even if all you've ever used is a point-and-shoot digi. Mostly, the menus and buttons are self-explanatory, but even the ones that aren't are easily explained by a quick read of the thorough manual. It may be more camera than you need and you might be quite happy with its little brother the T2i, but you will not be unhappy with this camera. Warning though: it is heavy. I invested in an aftermarket kevlar strap from Upstrap for better weight distribution and longer strap life.I would recommend this to a friend