Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera Reviewed

Videomaker by Tom Cunningham

The 7D has manual control, great function control, and can work with a variety of traditional lenses and accessories.

Canon is stepping up its prosumer DSLR game with an all-new camera line, and it all starts with the 7D. Sporting HD video in 1080/24p, 720/60p, and the 18 megapixel stills are also impressive, but the most attractive aspect is the huge assortment of Canon EF and EF-S lenses. This allows for almost limitless creative opportunities and great professional-looking video without having to sacrifice shooting versatility or price for a camcorder adapted for the same job. Canon wants us to look no further for both our video, and picture needs.

First Impressions

The first thing we noticed about the 7D body is how comfortable it is to hold, and, even with larger lenses attached, it's very well balanced. The magnesium alloy body feels solid as a rock. This helps to stabilize the camera during handheld shots. The 7D is slightly heavier than its older brother, the 5D Mark II, though the weight difference is minimal. The buttons and controls are conveniently located within easy reach of your thumbs and index fingers. Seasoned Canon users will immediately recognize the new dedicated video/live view switch and record button at the top right corner of the LCD screen. This is a welcome addition for quick access and remaining independent of any menu screens for ease of use. In addition, the power switch has been moved to the top left side of the camera instead of the awkward bottom center position on the 50D. Another improvement (on the still image side) is the larger 1:1 ratio eyepiece viewfinder, for an uncropped and less-cramped viewing experience. The only complaint we had with the quality was with the kit lens. The largely plastic construction of the 17-85mm f/4-5.6 lens didn't seem to be on par with the quality of the metal frame camera body. The lens performed its job and has decent image stabilization built in, but the option for different lens combinations in different 7D kits, as well as the body-only option for Canon DSLR veterans, are most likely a better idea. read more...

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