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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: I take great pains with my reviews to be as thorough as possible to consider all the angles and to put the tools through real practical testing. I had the chance to do all of this with the Canon EOS 7D Hybrid DSLR/HD camera – and more. Due to Canon’s generosity, I’ve had the camera in my hands for much longer than most reviews would ever merit and I’ve had the opportunity to do several tests, still shoots as well as shoot a short film for director Jamie Neese.
Summary: Changing a system that works so well can be a dangerous business, but Canon appears to have pulled it off with the 7D. The changes are subtle but generally help usability once you find the new positions. In the hand the 7D feels like a very solid and well-built camera, enough to be used as a regular workhorse for the semi-pro, or second camera for a pro.
Summary: The EOS 7D also represents a departure for Canon which at this level always slotted its models in-between those from Nikon. So in the past you’d have the EOS 50D fitting roughly between Nikon’s D90 and D300s for example. Canon also seemed happy to let Nikon have the very high-end cropped frame market to itself, and while models like the EOS 50D overtook Nikon on resolution, the D300 and D300s maintained a dignified lead in viewfinder, AF and drive performance.
Pros: Tough build and superb ergonomics., Zonable 19-point AF and 8fps burst shooting., Big viewfinder with graphics. VGA screen., Adjustable HD resolution and fps with mic input.
Cons: Basic 3-frame exposure bracketing., Single card slot versus dual on D300s., Flash flickers for AF illumination., Image quality surpassed by 5D Mark II.