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Canon EOS 7D review

A superb top-end DSLR with loads of features and HD video

Our Verdict

The obvious decision for anyone looking to buy a Canon is whether to go for the 7D or splash out on the 5D MKIII. For the most fine-grained image quality, and particularly for professional photographers who cover tricky events such as weddings, the 5D MKIII is the one to go for. The full frame sensor and massive resolution give you control over your pictures that the 7D just doesn't match.

For

  • Build quality
  • Video footage
  • Continuous shooting mode
  • High-ISO image quality
  • Great viewfinder

Against

  • Hard on memory cards
  • Unimpressive kit lens

The Canon EOS 7D is Canon's top of the range APS-C camera. Below it sit the compact forms of the EOS 1100D, EOS 600D and EOS 60D and above it the full-frame glory of the £200 more expensive EOS 5D MKII.

The big difference between the 5D MKII and the 7D is inside. The 5D MKII is the cheapest of Canon's line-up to offer a full-frame sensor – the 7D has approximately the same size image sensor as cameras such as the 600D, Nikon D5100 or Sony Alpha 77.

There's also a slight difference in resolution - the 5D MKII has the edge with its 21.1MP sensor, versus the 7D's 18MP APS-C CMOS.

Build quality is basically indistinguishable from the 5D MKII. The body – with the exception of the memory card and battery doors – is made from tough-feeling magnesium alloy. Every point of contact is coated in thick, tactile rubber, making the 7D easy to hold on to through a pair of gloves.

And, unlike Canon's smaller consumer range – the EOS 1100D, or EOS 600D for instance – the grip is practically sized for grown up hands, and feels like the body will be perfectly balanced paired with one of Canon's L-series telephoto lenses.

Canon eos 7d

It's been weather and dust-proofed as well. The battery and memory card doors have a thin layer of rubber where the door meets the body to prevent contaminants getting in.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyEOS
ColourBlack
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)820 g
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Total Camera Resolution19 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF) Card
Height110.7 mm
Width148.2 mm
Depth73.5 mm
Autofocus Points19
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model7D
Product NameEOS 7D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Manufacturer Part Number3814B022AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Built to match the passion of photographers. With an 18MP sensor, 8fps shooting, ISO12800, Intelligent Viewfinder and Full HD 1080 movies, the EOS 7D offers performance with unprecedented versatility.

Battery Life800 Shot
Package Contents
  • EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone