Excerpt: The Canon EOS 7D is the manufacturer's flagship APS-C camera. Designed to rival cameras such as the Nikon D300S, it combines a high megapixel count with a reasonable price tag. In many respects, this camera can even rival Canon's 5D Mark II.
Pros: 18 megapixels, 19 point AF system, 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed, Excellent low light performance, Good battery life, Nearly all buttons and controls can be customized according to personal preference
Cons: Unreliable white balance in artificial lighting conditions, Tends to overexpose slightly in very contrasty conditions
Conclusion: Overall, the Canon 7D should be considered, pound for pound and value for money, one of the best DSLR’s on the market. Combining such a high-resolution with a frame-rate action photographers would die for, all without compromising its low-light performance, to any noticeable degree, is a major achievement.
Summary: There's a built-in electronic level that shows both pitch and tilt, on both the viewfinder and LCD, and the pop-up flash can wirelessly command a slew of external flashes -- as many as three groups of four flashes each. A handy button lets you toggle between RAW and JPEG capture. "Such conveniences are what makes the Canon 7D ideal for the serious photographer," Barnett says.
Pros: Great image quality, Pro-grade speed and features, All-metal and weather-sealed, Fast continuous shooting
Cons: No continuous autofocus in movie mode, Only one card slot
Summary: At Rs. 85,000 the 7D is an attractive option for those looking for a high performance dSLR camera. Image quality is top notch, and if you want better, you need to look at a full frame. Noise is very well controlled for a crop sensor and the 7D is exceptionally sturdy. The 7D is also highly configurable and has a list of features a mile wide.
Pros: Very solidly built and nicely weather sealed, Very ergonomically positioned buttons and dials that are highly configurable, Highly intuitive interface and lots of customisable options, Fast, reliable AF system, Capable of excellent quality results across the board, and in a variety of shooting conditions, Consistent metering system that produces neutral, clean image, Excellent viewfinder, large, bright and informative, 8 fps in burst mode, highly suitable for sports a...
Cons: ISO 6400 performance will not satisfy those used to full frames, Metering has issues with incandescent lighting, especially yellow lighting, though all dSLRs goof up here, and the 7D is better than many, Loss in finer detail and smearing of textures when shooting red subjects, particularly darker hues, Expensive to buy in India, Needs good lenses for the sensor to show its mettle
Excerpt: Trying Canon's new EOS 7D ($1,700, street, body only; $1,900 with 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S IS lens) in a preproduction version, I could see that the DSLR wars are escalating again. Not that the conflict hasn't been ongoing-Nikon has targeted Canon head-on with its innovative and powerful DSLRs, plus key reinforcements to its lens line. But with the 7D, Canon is taking aim directly at Nikon's new D300s.
Conclusion: Canon has long enjoyed incredible success in the enthusiast/semi-pro sector but in the last couple of years Nikon, with its D300 in particular, has become the brand of choice for many. The EOS 7D looks set to readdress the balance and I'm in little doubt that it will win plenty of plaudits and awards in the near future. It's about as complete a DSLR as many could hope to own and is quite easily the best APS-C model on the scene.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Class-leading detail and resolution at base ISO, good per-pixel sharpness, Very good low-light performance, low noise levels and good retention of detail, 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed, Thanks to Dual Digic 4 processors very quick and responsive performance, Excellent build quality with magnesium body and environmental sealing, Good ergonomics, well shaped and comfortable hand grip, Improved button and control layout over 50D/5D Mark II, Highly customi...
Cons: Unreliable white balance under artificial lighting, Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions, Occasional jagged lines in 720p video, No built-in AF illuminator
Excerpt: News that Canon would be making a direct competitor to Nikon's APS-C workhorse, the D300s ($1,600, street, body only) made many Canonites optimistic. Optimism became excitement with the unveiling of the EOS 7D ($1,700 street, body only; $1,900 with 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens). Its impressive specs include 18MP resolution, a 100-percent accurate viewfinder, sensitivity up to ISO 12,800, blazing burst rate, and-a first for Canon-built-in wireless flash control.
Summary: We could go on forever about the Canon EOS 7D’s features and versatility, but suffice to say: if you’re looking for a top class all-round performer and aren’t too concerned with going full-frame, this is currently the best body around.