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.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: As soon as you pick it up, it’s clear that the Canon EOS 7D means business. It’s big, heavy, sturdy and packed with dials and buttons. For the well-versed in DSLR photography, the Canon EOS 7D is a dream to use. While Nikon and Sony’s user interfaces may be slightly easier to use, once you’ve got to grips with it you’ll be switching settings quickly and easily. It also comes with a new 19-point autofocus system which can be set to either lock to a single point or a “z...
Cons: It’s certainly not a camera for the DSLR beginner, as the amount of manual options on offer will only serve to confuse. There is a fully auto mode, naturally, but why spend £1,250 on a DSLR and treat it like a point and shoot? We'd also have like to have seen a full frame option, especially at this price.
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.
Conclusion: With just about everything this photographer could want and more, the Canon 7D is an impressive digital SLR camera. Canon took a well-established camera design and added several key features that users overwhelmingly requested, raised the resolution and frame rate, and added HD video to create a very capable tool for more serious photographers.
Pros: Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail, Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor, Rugged construction with magnesium body and weather sealing, Good ergonomics with highly customizable user interface, Quick Menu system, The usual Canon enhancements: HTP, ALO, Lens Peripheral Illumination, New Live View/Movie mode switch is well-conceived, Live View mode works very well, Live View mode offers a choi...
Cons: Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail, Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor, Rugged construction with magnesium body and weather sealing, Good ergonomics with highly customizable user interface, Quick Menu system, The usual Canon enhancements: HTP, ALO, Lens Peripheral Illumination, New Live View/Movie mode switch is well-conceived, Live View mode works very well, Live View mode offers a choi...
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.