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Canon EOS 7D Review

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PROS / The 7D can shoot up to 8 frames per second, which is great for sports shots.

CONS / No articulated LCD screen, which hurts if you are big into shooting video.

 VERDICT / This isn’t a full-frame camera, but if you are just breaking into photography and don’t want to pay a lot for a camera, the 7D is suitable for photography and videography.

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Canon EOS 7D

The Canon EOS 7D professional DSLR camera is a solid choice, especially when it comes to APS-C category cameras. While the EOS 7D does shoot a wide range of video, its sensor size is smaller than other digital SLR cameras. This camera also shoots at 8 frames per second and has a long shutter life. If you’re looking for a good fusion of video and still shots, the 7D is worth your consideration.

The APS-C designation simply means that the image sensor - the mechanism in which the famous megapixels reside - is cropped down in size from a full-frame sensor. It has the same frame size as 35mm photographic film. A smaller sensor means smaller pixels, which can lead to noise, or distortion, in pictures. However, you don't need to worry about picture quality with the Canon EOS 7D professional DSLR camera or its close competitors. Canon has done a fabulous job of making all of this camera's aspects come together to create pictures that are nothing short of spectacular.

The EOS 7D has a standard ISO range of 100 to 6,400, which is expandable up to 12,800. This allows for flash-free shooting in a broad range of lighting conditions. This camera also comes with a pop-up flash that makes it even more versatile.

Canon developed a CMOS sensor that's smaller than those found on other cameras at 22.3 x 14 mm, which contributes to this camera's exceptional signal-to-noise ratio. With the 7D's new photodiode and microlens design, there is significantly less overall noise in the photos it captures.

We love the new 38-point, all cross-type auto-focus system on this professional DSLR camera. It provides one of the fastest and most accurate auto-focus functions ever found on a Canon camera, and certainly ranks among the best available auto-focus on any camera available today. The all cross-type feature means that all 38 of the AF points are used for both horizontal and vertical focus calculations, effectively making the system comparable to those that have even more single-dimension points.

Though this is a strong feature in any circumstance, it particularly comes in handy when you're taking advantage of the 7D's maximum eight FPS continuous shooting ability. That's the fastest FPS available among APS-C devices.

In addition to still photography, the Canon EOS 7D is capable of recording video in full 1080p HD. There's an HDMI output for directly viewing captured video on an HD TV or monitor. The camera will also record video in 1280x720 HD or 640x480 VGA. It has manual focus, exposure and Live View features, as well as some in-camera editing capabilities.

The Canon EOS 7D professional DSLR camera has a 3-inch LCD monitor with an optional grid overlay that provides AF details along with numerous exposure information details including shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed and many others.

This camera is built for stability and feels like it will last for years. The button layout is on par with professional DSLR cameras, meaning you don’t have to awkwardly hold the camera to reach any buttons. There are no HDR features in this camera, which is no real setback, but it’s quickly becoming a feature you will find in any semi-pro and professional cameras.

Canon offers several help and support options, including a user guide and a FAQs section. The resources section is a great place to get information on how to use your EOS 7D and get tips on professional photography.


The Canon EOS 7D provides a great mix of resolution and cost efficiency. The crop-sensor camera has a new AF system, viewfinder and metering system. The camera shoots at eight FPS with continuous shooting. There is no HDR feature or articulated LCD screen, but at the end of the day, we recommend this professional DSLR if you are on a budget.

Canon EOS 7D