Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera

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84% Gold Award
The Canon EOS 7D offers excellent image quality in all shooting situations and impressive operational speed, combined with very good build quality and ergonomics.”

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Key Features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 8 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.0 inch Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dots
  • 19-point AF system (all cross-type)
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 63-zone metering system
  • Built-in wireless flash control
  • Environmental sealing
  • Dual axis electronic level

Product Description

The 18MP Canon EOS 7D sits at the top of Canon’s lineup of APS-C DSLRs. The 7D’s well thought-out design and sensible button placement makes switching between shooting stills and video easy, and both exposure and autofocus are very capable. Enthusiasts will love the 7D’s highly customizable user interface, and appreciate its solid build – its magnesium alloy body shell is tough enough to withstand heavy use, and environmental sealing ensures resistance to dust and water incursion. A recent firmware update injected fresh life into the EOS 7D, improving the continuous shooting buffer, adding a customizable auto ISO function and enabling the use of Canon’s GP-E2 GPS module.


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 5184 x 3456, 3888 x 2592, 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Dual Digic 4
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 19
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive 8.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Format H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker None
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive cards
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote control Yes (N3 connector)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water-resistant, Dust-resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 800
Weight (inc. batteries) 860 g (1.90 lb / 30.34 oz)
Dimensions 148 x 111 x 74 mm (5.83 x 4.37 x 2.91)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-E2


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Movie / video mode
Gold Award
Gold Award
84 %
Overall Score

If you can justify the price tag it's hard to fault Canon's new APS-C flagship. With class-leading image quality, fast operation and excellent handling the EOS 7D is everything a semi-pro model should be--and the excellent movie mode will be a welcome bonus to those that like their pictures to move. Arguably the best APS-C SLR on the market today.

Good For

Pretty much anything from landscapes to sports to HD movies

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.46094 out of 5 stars
  • thick crustography, Jan 24, 2013 GMT:
    Great DSLR for extreme user...

    great cameras...i have using this Canon 7D through the lake *fell into the lake with canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5* after keep it inside the Drybox..its back to action after 1 day of full treatment inside Drybox....hv been into heavy rain to take Landslide on the hills....i also brings my 7D to the waterfalls taking some Picture there..but still working great... the fast FPS and responsive AF makes Sport Photography sealing make this 7D more usable on any weather while taking Sports ...

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  • VikingPhotographer, Dec 24, 2012 GMT:
    Mad for Professional use

    Only few things could be better on this camera :)

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  • fasayed, Dec 16, 2012 GMT:
    Canon 7D: Best crop frame camera available

    Canon 7D is the Best crop frame camera available. I've moved from 5D to 7D and just love it. Mind you 5D is a great camera for stills. 7D is quick and snappy with its focusing. Love the manual controls on it. Problems: Auto focusing in live view with open flash, seems to be a bit difficult.

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  • Douglas McEwen, Oct 22, 2012 GMT:
    Canon 7D

    Love this camera! I have taken thousands of pictures with it now and it has never let me down.

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Questions & Answers


Specific details comparing 7D to 7Dmk2

I've found limits to my use of 7D, with a variety of Canon 10-22mm, Sigma 18-250mm & Sigma 150-500mm. I shoot wildlife, either birds at distance, larger mammals at distance, or insects & plants macro. I'm tempted by the 7Dmk2, but also thinking of switching to Nikon FF, or 5Dmk3 or even 1DX because of noise & picture quality challenges. I haven't seen enough practical improvements to bother with L-series lenses compared to the extra mm cost-value from sigma. So I'm torn about the alleged quality improvements of a FF, or even Nikon, knowing that mean I'd have to get buy a lot more glass. Can anyone report practical examples for the 7Dmk2 on the following, please: 1. Use of AF in low-light (example Sigma 150-500mm f/6.3 with 1.4 or 2.0 tele convertor) where the 7D generally stops working - especially as I'm normally working ISO1600-3200 due to light conditions. 2. Image quality: I have to work the high iso noise reduction and post-process a lot, and often scrap on whole sessions of ...

15 days ago


If I were you I would be more tempted with better lenses - your lens selection isn't very well suited to your subjects. You haven't got any decent macro lens, you have a rather mediocre long lens for your wildlife shots. The only decent lens is the Canon 10-22mm... So better lenses (like the new 100-400L IS USM II combined with a good macro lens like either of the two 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lenses) would improve your abilities to handle your subjects far more than a new body or worse a switch to a FF camera... Just so that your questions don't get completely unanswered: Yes the 7DII has one of the best optical viewfinders of APS-C DSLR and you get the benefits from the best focusing system Canon ever put into an APS-C camera when using the viewfinder. Continue Reading

Karl Gnter Wnsch answered
15 days ago

I don't know what sort of subjects force you to use a 500 mm lens with a 2x TC, but if you really do need that much reach then switching to full frame is the last thing that will help. As an absolute minimum you would need a 500/4L to actually gain any real benefit from the bigger sensor. There are two different issues here, low light (where the 7D2 AF excels) and AF with an f/9 or f/13 combination (which no camera will do well, if at all). Best answer I know of is here: Not truly silent, no, but noticeably quieter. The 7D2 has a superb optical viewfinder. Various things can affect the frame rate - page 142 of the manual answers this in detail. Yes. Is there a "much better high-end Nikon"? Continue Reading

Steve Balcombe answered
14 days ago

I did try the Canon 100-400L (mk1) when I bought the sigma 150-500 but preferred the sigma. Potentially the mk2 is much better, but I'd expect it for the price. Granted, I would love the f/2.8 option, give a choice... My feeling is that its the body AF processor and the sensor pixel quality that were letting me down, because I can get shots I'm happy with in manual focus or in bright sunny conditions. Continue Reading

AlexPuddephatt answered
14 days ago


7D Question

Last Fall I purchased a 7D and two lenses. A 15-85mm, and 70-200 f/4. Also a 1.4 TC III.  This is my first DSLR.  Previously, starting in the 60's, I had Nikon SLRs  which are now displayed as relics in one of my children's home.  At that time I guess I was an advanced amateur.  Then I dropped out for about fifteen years. Now I'm back and a beginner.  After considerable research I chose Canon, and to me the 7D is an awesome camera.  I'm finding it to be a challenging, but fun, experience.  I'm getting to the point where I am becoming familiar enough with the beast to get it to do my bidding without resorting to the manual.  I love the 7D and AF and IS.  Especially now that I'm getting a feel for the camera and lenses and turning out some images that I'm not ashamed of. There are a lot of complaints and threads about the age of the 7d and Canon delaying the new and improved 7D, what ever they may call it. Now to my question, Are the majority of 7D users actually butting up against ...

Luther T asked
1 year ago


Photography chose to be my hobby some fifty-five plus years ago (it chose me, I'm sure I didn't choose it).  I have made my living by photography part of those intervening years.  I was a photojournalist, did portrait and wedding work, dabbled in sports photography.  And what I found was that from my first box brownie to my current stable, including a 7D, I have never fully mastered the camera or the art.  I try to stay close to the latest camera because the proper tool makes it easier to capture the elusive moment in time I am trying to capture.  But master my camera, never happen, they have always mastered me. Continue Reading

Old Sarge answered
1 year ago

The 7D is a mixed bag. It is a camera bought by many novice, amateurs, advanced photographers and even pro's. I think those that realized this is a different beast (softer output and more complex AF) and put the effort in it to set it up propperly are the ones that are or were happy with this camera. Of course there are people out there and don't mind spending $2000 every two years on a new body and don't specificly need one but want one and this is how the wishlist get's bigger and bigger. I upgraded from 500D to 7D. I wanted better AF and better ergonomics, and the VF is also fantastic. So I wondered if last november the 7D would be the camera for me for say three years or so. And I have no doubt, I will not be upgrading any time sooner. BTW: nice lens combo (I got the same). Continue Reading

Limburger answered
1 year ago

This is a gear forum. People always want new stuff and complain when competitor comes out with something first. And when they do endless discussions will follow. My fishing rod is bigger and better than yours. It has always been that way, is that way and will be that way. The nature of this site. Nothing wrong with it if that is what you are into. Two things. This site is far better place than it was 8 years ago. If you were a rookie and asked a question forget it. A brick wall would give you a better response. Moderators. Long overdue. Keep those legends in their own minds in check. We know who those ones are. This is a great site that has been moderated forever. No BS and not as heavy on the technical side. Continue Reading

Zee Char answered
1 year ago


NIKON D750 ..Do you really think 6.5 per second good enough for sports

I feel 6.5 frames a second is not fast enough for sports ..and there no grip that provides  faster frames per second to get 8 like the Nikon D700 ..nor d750 does not provide DX mode in the  D750 to get more frames per second to compete against Canon 7D Mark2 give 10 frames a second I suppose Nikon  D400 DX to provide 10 or 11 frames a second to compete against Canon 7D Mark2 so if you want full frame and faster frames a second then purchase  both bodies d750 and d400 this what Nikon wants from buyers.. Over all the D750 I believe will be a excellent camera for weddings specially and portraits I will be purchasing one for sure.. Selling my D800..I want a smaller body .... I have a Sony A7 with Zeiss 24-70  ..I love using it .. HOWEVER Nikon D750 will be the working horse for me

tomboy asked
3 months ago


Once upon a time pros worked with cameras a lot slower than 6.5 frames per second. Spray and pray isn't the hallmark of being a professional action photgrapher -- anticipating peak action an capturing the image is a dying skill. Continue Reading

Nikonparrothead answered
3 months ago

Good enough for hobbyist's, probably not good enough for pro's?  Pro's being forced to buy pro gear? Continue Reading

Nexu1 answered
3 months ago

My D800 had 5FPS in 1.2x mode and that was good enough for racing bikes. More important than FPS is focus tracking and consistent shutter delay. Generally, the difference between 5 FPS and 8 FPS is three more junk images. The good ones are generally at the beginning of the burst. Or think of it another way. Say you have a burst of 1 second (1000ms) using a shutter speed of 1/250 s (4ms). With 8 FPS you're getting eight shots covering 32 of those 1000ms - or 3.2% of the action. With 5FPS you're getting five shots covering 20 of those 1000ms - or 2% of the action. Missing 98% or 96.8% of the action isn't a significant difference. Continue Reading

bobn2 answered
3 months ago


  • EOS 7D Digital SLR Body
  • Lens kit includes EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens OR EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • Eyecup Eg
  • Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS7D
  • Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
  • Battery Pack LP-E6
  • Battery Charger LC-E6
  • EOS Digital Solution Disc
  • Software Instruction Manual

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Warranty Information

"Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canon Canada Inc. (collectively "Canon") warrant to the original end‐user purchaser, when delivered in new condition in its original container, that the Product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Product returned to a Canon repair facility and proven to be defective upon inspection will, at Canon’s sole discretion and without charge, be (a) repaired utilizing new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts; (b) exchanged for a new Product or; (c) exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by the Canon repair facility. Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product. "

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