Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Specifications, Review and Price details

Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR is for serious professional usage. If you want to be a professional photographer and have already used other lower versions of EOS DSLR like EOS 500D or EOS...
Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR

Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR is for serious professional usage. If you want to be a professional photographer and have already used other lower versions of EOS DSLR like EOS 500D or EOS 1000D, then you can go for it. Canon EOS 7D comes with 18 megapixels resolution, CMOS Sensors and Dual DIGIC 4 Image processors for finest quality images at a high resolution.

Key Features:

  1. 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors for high image quality and speed.
  2. ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800) for shooting from bright to dim light.
  3. 8.0 fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large/JPEGs with UDMA CF card and 15 RAW.
  4. Advanced movie mode with manual exposure control and selectable frame rates: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 1280 x 720 (HD): 60p (59.94) / 50p, 640 x 480 (SD): 60p (59.94) / 50p.
  5. Intelligent Viewfinder with approximate 100% field of view, wide viewing angle of 29.4°, high magnification of 1.0, intelligent viewfinder with glass pentaprism and an overlaid LCD display in viewfinder supports various shooting styles.
  6. New 19-point, all cross-type AF system equipped with dual diagonal cross-type sensors in center at f/2.8 and f/5.6 and AF area selection modes to match various shooting situations.
  7. iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and color information for optimizing exposure and image quality.
  8. Magnesium body with shutter durability up to 150,000 cycles and exclusive dust and weather resistance.

Price: Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR is available in India at a price tag of Rs. 98,995 and in US at a price tag of $1699.


  1. Superior build quality
  2. Bright LCD
  3. Nice features/settings
  4. Excellent image quality
  5. Solid Operation


  1. Heavy/Bulky
  2. Noisy
  3. Poor image quality
  4. Complicated controls/menu
  5. Missing features/settings

Complete Specifications:

Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF / AE camera with built-in flash
Recording media CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, Recording to USB external media via Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E5)
Image sensor size 22.3 x 14.9mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 18.00 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 19.00 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Colour filter system RGB primary colour filter
Low-pass filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust deletion feature 1) Automatic sensor cleaning2) Manual cleaning of sensor

3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image

Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.21
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), M RAW, S RAW, RAW + JPEG
File size Large / Fine: Approx. 6.6MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
Large / Normal: Approx. 3.3MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
Medium / Fine: Approx. 3.5MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
Medium / Normal: Approx. 1.8MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
Small / Fine: Approx. 2.2MB (2592 x 1728 pixels)
Small / Normal: Approx. 1.1MB (2592 x 1728 pixels)
RAW: Approx. 25.1MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
RAW + Large / Fine: Approx. 25.1 + 6.6MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
M RAW: Approx. 17.1MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
M RAW 1 + Large / Fine: Approx. 17.1 + 6.6MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
S RAW: Approx. 11.4MB (2592 x 1728 pixels)
S RAW + Large / Fine: Approx. 11.4 + 6.6MB (2592 x 1728 pixels)
* Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Recording functions With the WFT-E5 attached, image recording to the CF card and to the USB external media connected to the WFT-E5 will be possible as follows:(1) Standard

(2) Automatic switching of recording media

(3) Separate recordings according to image-recording quality
(4) Recording identical images to both recording media

Backup recording Enabled with WFT-E5 attached
File numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset.Possible to create new folders and select folders in the CF card to store captured images
RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording Provided (S RAW + JPEG & M RAW + JPEG also possible)
Colour space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral,
Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Image Processing
Type Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature setting
Auto white balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Colour temperature compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
* Blue / amber direction or magenta / green direction possible
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical / Horizontal approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.0x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in dioptric adjustment -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing screen Fixed
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflectance ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), Flash information (flash ready, flash exposure compensation, High-speed sync, FE lock, Red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority, monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information)
Depth-of-field preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points 19 (Cross-type) f/2.8 at centre: Dual Cross Sensor
Metering range EV -0.5 – 18 (at 73°F / 23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF area and AF point selection: With a Custom Function, the AF area and manually-selectable AF point can be set separately for horizontal and vertical (camera grip at the top
or bottom) shooting
AF point registration / switching With a Custom Function, you can register a manually-selected AF point separately for horizontal and vertical (camera grip at the top or bottom) shooting* This function can be assigned to AF start button, or AE lock button by customizing camera controls / buttons (Custom Controls).
AF function registration/switching With a Custom Function, four types of AF function settings can be registered in a group: 1. AF area selection mode, 2. AI Servo tracking sensitivity, 3. AI Servo AF tracking method, and 4. AI Servo 1st / 2nd
img priority* This function can be assigned to the depth-of-field preview button or lens AF stop button by customizing camera controls/buttons (Custom Controls).
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, manual selection (single point AF, Spot AF, Zone AF, AF point expansion, Zone AF)
Selected AF point display Indicated by transmissive LCD display in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel
AF-assist beam Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Effective range Approx. 13.1ft. / 4.0m at center, approx. 11.5ft. / 3.5m at periphery
Exposure Control
Metering Modes 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering- Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)

– Partial metering (approx. 9.4% of viewfinder at center)

– Spot metering (approx. 2.3% of viewfinder at center)

– Center-weighted average metering

Metering range EV 1 – 20 (at 73°F / 23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Bulb, Creative Auto, Full auto, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO speed Automatically set: ISO 100 – 6400
(in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
Extension settable(with C.Fn.I-3-1): 12800
High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200 – 6400
Exposure compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative
metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 1/60sec., X-sync at 1/250sec.
1/8000 to 30secs., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Remote control Self-timer 10secs. or 2secs. delayRemote control with N3-type terminal
Built in Flash
Type Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Guide No. 12/39 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Recycle time Approx. 3secs.
Flash-ready indicator Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash coverage 15mm lens focal length
FE lock Provided
Flash exposure compensation Up to ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Manual flash Flash output 1/1 to 1/128 settable in 1/3-stop increments
Multi-flash Flash output 1/4 to 1/128 settable in whole-stop incrementsFiring frequency 1Hz – 199Hz
Integrated Speedlite Transmitter(Wireless master unit function) Possible with an EX-series Speedlite set as a slave unit(External refers to the external
flash and Built-in refers to the built-in flash)(1) External flash control with auto flash metering

(2) External flash control with auto flash metering + Built-in flash control

(3) Manual flash output

External Speedlite
Zooming to Match Lens Focal Length Provided
Compatible flash EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock Provided
External flash settings Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings
Drive System
Drive modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous,
and Self-timer (10secs. or 2secs. delay)
Continuous shooting
High-speed: Max: 8 shots/sec
Low-speed: Max: 3 shots/sec
Max. burst JPEG (Large / Fine): approx. 94 (CF) / 126 (UDMA CF)
RAW: approx 15
RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 6
* Based on Canon’s testing standards with a 2GB CF card, high-speed continuous shooting, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style* Varies depending on the subject, CF card brand, image-recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, etc.
Tilt display
On LCD monitor Electronic level indicates up to 360° roll and ±10° pitch in 1° increments
In viewfinder The AF point display is used to indicate up to ±6° roll and ±4° pitch in 1° increments (During vertical shooting, up to ±4° roll and ±6° pitch)
Live View Functions
Shooting modes 1. Live View shooting
2. Remote Live View shooting(with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
Focusing Manual focusAutofocus (Live View image interrupted for AF): Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face Detection mode
Metering modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 73°F / 23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Magnified view By 5x or 10x at AF point
Grid display Provided
Exposure simulation Provided
Silent shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Movie shooting
Recording format MOV
Movie recording size Full HD (1920 x 1080)
HD (1280 x 720): Frame rate: 60fps, 50fps
(640 x 480): Frame rate: 60fps, 50fps
Audio recording Internal monaural microphone or external stereo microphone via microphone jack provided
Exposure control Program AE and manual exposure
Still shooting Possible during movie shooting by pressing shutter button
LCD Monitor
Type TFT colour, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size 3.0in.
Dots Approx. 920,000 (VGA)
Coverage Approx.100% (viewing angle: approx. 160°)
Brightness adjustment Auto: Brightness adjusted automatically by light sensor
Manual: 7 levels provided
Interface languages 25
Image Playback
Display Format Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality / shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx.1.5x-10x), rotated image (auto / manual),
image jump (by 10 / 100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder, movies, stills), slide show (all images / selected by date / folder, movies, stills)
Highlight warning Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image Protection and Erase
Protect Single images can be erase-protected or not
Erase Single image, check-marked images or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images)
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW / MRAW / SRAW images captured with the EOS 7D
Easy Printing feature Provided
DPOF: Digital Print Order Format
DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Direct Image Transfer
Compatible images JPEG and RAW imagesOnly JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Custom Functions Total 27
Camera user settings Register under Mode Dial’s C1, C2 and C3 positions
My Menu registration Provided
Quick control function The following functions can be set: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, exposure compensation, AEB, flash exposure compensation, AF point selection (including AF area selection modes), Picture Style, white balance, metering mode, Auto
Lighting Optimizer, image-recording quality, AF mode, drive mode, and Custom Controls (camera controls / buttons customization)
USB terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video OUT terminal (1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC / PAL selectable(2) HDMI mini OUT terminal
Extension system terminal For connection to WFT-E5A
Power Source
Battery One Battery Pack LP-E6AC power can be supplied via optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (with optional Battery Grip BG-E7N or BGM-E6 attached, AA-size batteries can be used)
Number of shots
[Number of shots approx.]
Shooting Conditions
No Flash
50% Flash Use
Normal Shooting 73°F / 23°C
32°F / 0°C
Live View Shooting 73°F / 23°C
32°F / 0°C
Battery check Automatic. Displayed in 6 levels on LCD panel and in viewfinder. Battery information can be checked with the (battery info.) menuv
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30min.
Date / Time battery One CR1616 lithium-ion battery
Startup time Approx. 0.1sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 5.8 x 4.3 x 2.9in. / 148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mm
Weight Approx. 28.9oz. / 820g (body only)
Operating Environment
Working temperature range 32-104°F / 0-40°C
Working humidity range 85% or less
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