Summary Canon 7D

Prices Price
Body only $1,299 With 18-135mm lens $1,599 - $1,799
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Within its price range #n/a of 1 Among similar cameras #n/a of 9
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 22.3x14.9mm Screen resolution Help 920k dots
Megapixels Help 17.9 MP Movie format Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 6,400 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Replacement

Canon has replaced the EOS 7D with the 7D MII.

Canon EOS 7D MII
Canon EOS 7D MII announced March, 2013
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Focus points Many more focus points
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the 7D

"Highly flexible new AF system with 19 cross-type sensors"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"Class-leading detail and resolution at base ISO, good per-pixel sharpness"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
"Good quality 1080/720p video output with a range of frame rates"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality

Videos

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Canon 7D 24p short film

Canon 7D HD Video Tutorial

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Canon 7D 24p short film
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Canon 7D HD Video Tutorial
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Pros

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The Canon 7D vs other recent DSLRs

Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Lens availability More lenses available Help
197 lenses
Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
131 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Pentaprism
Popularity Very popular Help
Among snapsort users
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
19
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
100%
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
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The Canon 7D vs other recent pro DSLRs

Size Quite small Help
Professional size 148x111x74 mm
Thickness Thin Help
2.9"
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$1,299.00
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed

Cons

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The Canon 7D vs other recent DSLRs

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
September, 2009
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
11.7 EV
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
17.9 MP
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
GPS No GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
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The Canon 7D vs other recent pro DSLRs

Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
66.0
Color depth Little color depth Help
22 bits
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
19
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
800 shots
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
1
Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
854 ISO
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
3.0"
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
0.62x
Sensor size Small sensor Help
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO

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Discussion

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Avatar for Arvid Knutsen Arvid Knutsen (0:20 PM, September 11, 2013)
Doesn´t the ISO go all the way to 12800 on the 7D??
 
Avatar for jamin jamin (9:24 PM, August 06, 2013)
Most videographers are going toward DSLRs... 7d is a good camera for video t3i is solid as well
 
Joop (8:52 PM, April 22, 2012)
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common misconception. The 7D has seals, but is not sealed. Only mid to
high end Pentax and very high end Canikon DSLRs are weathersealed.


That said, use at your own risk. I've seen Xsis live through
exceptional downpours and there was a superbowl not that many years ago
where dozens of 1D Mark IIs died in a relatively light downpour.
 
janice (9:35 PM, March 31, 2012)
I will definitely be getting the 60D or the 7D, but not sure which one. I bought the 40D before (lost in a divorce), now I want to upgrade. Not sure which one...... Any suggestions?
 
Joeislessawesome (1:14 AM, February 23, 2012)
 A common misconception. The 7D has seals, but is not sealed. Only mid to high end Pentax and very high end Canikon DSLRs are weathersealed.

That said, use at your own risk. I've seen Xsis live through exceptional downpours and there was a superbowl not that many years ago where dozens of 1D Mark IIs died in a relatively light downpour.
 
Lmc (1:14 AM, February 19, 2012)
Nikon d7000 does great videos with 35 mm lens
 
07pats (1:33 PM, February 14, 2012)
 Try a Camcorder ...
 
Faisal Wassan (0:08 PM, February 12, 2012)
Can anyone recommend me the best dslr camera for shooting web videos. Videos will primarily be in front of a whitescreen with studio lights. Options are Nikon D5100 and Canon 7D (or anything else you recommend). Videos will be shot at 24p. I need something that's simple and easy to use without a steep learning. Thanks in advance.
 
Joeismoreawesome (8:52 AM, December 24, 2011)
The camera has weather sealing. It kind of annoys me that this site says it doesn't.
 
lamboram (4:26 PM, November 27, 2011)
do you know what D3s is?? it has a monstrous ISO performance.. 7D is not a match at all.. 
 
Jaap (0:07 PM, October 14, 2011)
No it is almost 100% so somewhere around the 99,5% range not 95% range
 
Jaap (0:04 PM, October 14, 2011)
According to the Canon Literature it has Weather Sealing same as de EOS-1N from years ago. Canon Says it has better sealing than the 50D en 5D Mark II but less sealing then thee 1D series. Image of the Sealing see the red lines http://media.the-digital-picture.com/Images/Other/Canon-EOS-7D/Sealing.jpg

So it's incorrect to say it has non at all. There is no differences possible in saying how "good" the weathersealing of a camera is so the 7D has Weathersealing. At that, other camera's with worse sealing say yes in the specs. So that makes comparisons strange and in correct. So change it back please.
 
Autosport (1:30 PM, September 24, 2011)
try nikon d7000.
 
Can (2:02 AM, July 26, 2011)
wievfinder coverage %95 + , and well no waterproof maybe but sealed enaough to take photos on heavy rain .
 
solm (4:33 PM, May 31, 2011)
does anybody know if canon 60D and/or 7D do have audio out (i mean to listen what iam recoding)?
 
Jenn_24ns (5:55 PM, April 15, 2011)
which is better canon or sony? i havent decide yet if which is better of these two, very confused, so i need some advice or suggestions or reccomendations gaiisxx..
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (10:16 PM, March 10, 2011)
Thanks, we've updated that!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (10:16 PM, March 10, 2011)
Fixed, thanks
 
Anon (11:42 AM, March 09, 2011)
The 7D isn't actually weathersealed, according to the Canon literature and teardowns I've seen, it's a bit better than the 50D, matched with the 60D, and below the 1D series.
 
Anonymous (7:16 AM, January 27, 2011)
The video formats need to be corrected. The 7D can shoot 720p at 60fps.
 
Ricky (9:04 AM, January 23, 2011)
the best dslr ever.....nikon d3x, d3s,d700, pentax k-5, sony a900..etc... they all have no match for the eos 7d!!!!
 
Kankuro_kankuro (9:01 AM, January 23, 2011)
the best dslr.......!!!!!!!!! others have no match