Canon 7D Review

by Enche Tjin on May 29, 2010

AUTO FOCUS PERFORMANCE

Canon has improved its auto focus system from 9 points (40D/50D line) to 19 points system. With the additional all cross type AF points, auto focus is fast and accurate. New to AF system is Zone system.

Zone AF is Automatic AF point selection, but restricted to a small cluster of AF points in the viewfinder. By grouping several AF points in a cluster, it become easier and more accurate in tracking fast and unpredictable moving subjects such as sport photography. In short, AF system are much better than Canon previous DSLR cameras.

To learn more about this auto focus sytem, Canon has provide a tutorial videos and descriptions.

There are plenty to like about Canon 7D

  • Many dedicated buttons, easy and fast to change settings
  • New AF system works very well, simple and customizable
  • Noise is very well controlled up to ISO 3200, 6400 is acceptable
  • Big and bright viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • Excellent 8 fps continuous shooting
  • Sound of the shutter click is soft, and low. (not “ka-ching”)
  • Auto ISO works a lot more accurate than in 40D
  • New Quick Menu make reviewing or changing setting easier
  • +/- 5 stops exposure compensation

On the other hand, these are what I don’t like about 7D

  • No Auto ISO limiter like in Nikon cameras or Canon T2i
  • Auto ISO is limited only to ISO 3200
  • Relatively big and heavy
  • No dedicated button for exposure compensation (you need to go to Q menu to change it)
  • Auto focus in live view is a joke, it takes up to 3 seconds to lock focus

COMPETITORS

Nikon D300s
Nikon D300s is an arch rival of Canon 7D and the only one at this moment. It fell short in some areas such as image resolution (18 mp vs 12 mp), and video recording (full HD vs 720p). However, D300s has some unique features such as 51 AF system and dual card slots (Compact and SD card). Check out Canon 7D vs Nikon D300s

From upper left clockwise: Nikon D700 with 16-35mm f/4 VR, Canon EOS 7D with 18-135mm IS UD, Panasonic G2 with kit lens, Nikon D90 with 16-85mm VR

CONCLUSION

I highly regard Canon EOS 7D as the almost perfect advanced camera today and it is quite hard to imagine what could still be improved in this camera. It has several downside such as Auto ISO is limited to 3200, and AF in live view is still very sluggish. Sports and action photographers will love this camera.

Subjective Rating – Relative to advanced DSLR cameras of 2010
Image Quality : 5/5
Features : 5/5
Performance : 5/5
Body and Handling : 4/5
Value for Money : 4/5

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Erwin M. May 29, 2010 at 2:38 am

Wow, really a nice and clear review. Surely 7D is a great leap from previous 50D, and in my opinion it’s body and handling deserve to get 5 points too. Lets wait what Nikon will do to head-to-head with this beast.

nandy January 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

hi i am really confused between the nikon d7000 and the canon 7d , my major concern will be image quality , video , noise performance and handling .
which ones a better camera .. ?

Enche Tjin January 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

image quality and noise wise, Nikon D7000 is better. Video = Canon, Handling: depend on each individuals, for me Canon 7D has better interface and handling, but it is heavier.

Mary January 27, 2011 at 3:50 am

Hi, do you think my lens EF 28-135 IS USM is good for wedding fothography? or what type of lens do you recommend ?? , what camera do you think is good for weddings and image quality and noise.

thank you!

Enche Tjin January 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

For Canon, I think Canon 5D mk II or better is great for wedding. I think 28-135mm is okay for wedding, but not great. The better lens for wedding will depend on your camera. If you have crop sensor camera like 550D-40D-50D-60D-7D, then 17-55mm f/2.8 is the best. If you own full frame camera such as Canon 5D mark II, then lens like 24-70mm f/2.8 is great.

Mary February 1, 2011 at 2:01 am

I have a canon 7D, really like it but I think I need some recommendation about the lens…

Thank you!

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