You have done your homework. You have read all the reviews that you can find. You have done all your research and you are on the verge of buying the Canon EOS 7D. Ok. To make sure that you don not miss out anything, here is the summary of the features, the pros and cons in this Canon EOS 7D Review; the final pointers that you should know before you buy your Canon EOS 7D.
The Canon EOS 7D is a semi/professional camera. As such, even it has automatic controls; it is the manual controls that really make the camera shine. Its design is based on a 18 megapixel sensor capable of shooting between ISO 100 to 12,800. It can shoot at 8 fps continuously and can record HDTV quality at 1080p. The body is waterproof and its penta-prism viewfinder provides 100% coverage.
While it has automatic shooting modes like most modern digital SLRs (or more commonly referred to as dSLR), the EOS 7D really shines with manual controls. The reason is that Canon Inc actually designed the camera around the specific needs of professional photographers. As such, they have built into the camera very exciting features and functions that can best be achieved through creative manual controls.
Minus points for the Canon EOS 7D
- It does not have setting for landscape, portrait, sports, etc
- It lacks a full size sensor even though the images and video are outstanding. Unless you require very large prints very often, you may not want to spend more for this feature as the current sensor is more than sufficient for most people
- There is a tendency for the Canon EOS 7D to overheat in warmer areas for example at warmer climates or in rooms where there incandescent lights. Even it does not always happen; the camera may shut down for 5 to 10 minutes to cool down.
- Limited video shooting. Unlike your video camera, the 7D provides you about 15 minutes of shooting mode. It will automatically shut down when you pass this time limit. This is basically a camera with a video mode!
- Its quality may not be that brilliant at very high ISO. As such you may want to look for other models like the 5D MkII instead.
- If you want simplicity, this camera may also not be for you. As it is designed based on feedbacks from professional and semi-professional photographers, Canon has put in a lot of flexibility to customize the options, buttons, settings etc It would be a waste of your money for you to use only the automatic mode.
Plus points for the Canon EOS 7D
- The Canon EOS 7D is very solidly built and fits comfortably into your hands.
- It is water proof. The weather seal of my 7D was very well designed as I was caught in heavy rain many times without any problems
- Almost all the buttons can be reconfigured. This is especially helpful if you have been using another camera for some time and is used to the buttons of that camera. It is also useful if you have other cameras and you want to standardize the buttons as much as possible across your cameras
- It has an excellent AF system that you can customize to suit your needs
- The EOS 7D is self-cleaning. Every time you turn it on or off, it will vibrate quickly to remove dust from the camera and lens. You can switch this function on or off.
- It supports both Compact Flash or Microdrive card to provide you the storage for plenty of those beautiful shots
- Framing the shot is easy with the advanced view finder.
- It has a great battery life
- You get more focused action shots - courtesy of the 19 points AF point focusing system.
Overall the Canon EOS 7D is truly an amazing camera. This is to be expected, especially when we see Canon Inc incorporating the wishes of semi and professional photographers into the camera.
If you have shot with an EOS 7D, you will immediately acknowledge that Canon EOS 7D is at the forefront of technology that is revolutionizing how images are taken and how movies are made. When you get your camera you should give the video shooting mode a try. If you've never used a dSLR to shoot video, get ready for a fantastic experience. Be expected to be blown away with the experience of your Canon EOS 7D's video mode.