New Firmware Version 2.0.X upgrades the EOS 7D with additional features:
Manual Audio Level Adjustment
For the ultimate in custom audio when recording video, the audio level can be manually adjusted to one of 64 levels. And to prevent mistakes in sound recording, an icon indicating manual audio recording is displayed on the Info screen during video shooting.
In-camera RAW image processing
With Firmware Version 2.0.X, the EOS 7D can process RAW files, in-camera, to produce JPEG files that can be quickly sent over the internet to be delivered to clients. Image processing settings such as White Balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO Noise Reduction, JPEG Quality, Color Space, Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction, Distortion Correction and Lens Aberration Correction can be applied to RAW images, in-camera, for optimal results without a computer.
In-camera JPEG image resizing
For quick resizing of recorded JPEG images, the EOS 7D can resize JPEG “L” and “M” images and save them as separate JPEG “M” and “S” images.
To help keep track of a specific image, or to organize a number of images easily, the EOS 7D offers a rating system of 0–5 stars, easily selectable during playback. Along with the rating system, the EOS 7D’s image browsing (jump) and slide show features have been improved, enabling the user to browse image and watch slide shows according to rating.
Quick Control during playback
With Firmware Version 2.0.X, users of the EOS 7D can access a number of features during playback via the Quick Control button. Images can be protected, rotated, resized, highlight alert and AF point displays can be accessed, and image jump can be accessed via the main dial.
Customization of file names
Firmware Version 2.0.X enables the customization of file names. With customization of file names, it’s simple to set the first four characters of the file name (replacing the default “IMG_”). With User setting 1, the first four characters can be replaced with alphanumeric characters, and with user setting 2, the first three characters are user defined, with the last character reflecting the image quality as shown here: “***L”, “***M” and “***S”
Time zone settings
For frequent travelers, the EOS 7D now offers simple time zone settings, making it quick and easy to define not only time zone, but also daylight savings time. When shooting in a different time zone, the camera can be set to record according to the local time. Upon the return home, reverting to the original time zone is quick and easy.
Faster scrolling of magnified images
For quick check of focus and detail, the upgrade significantly speeds up scrolling of magnified images. This increased speed makes it easier to know if the shot captured is correct, or whether recomposing and focusing is necessary.
Way More Than I Expected
I decided to buy this camera because aside from its IQ, my 5D kept sending me back to my D200 for a shooter's camera. The 7D arrived propitiously in time for a week off work and a snowstorm - perfect for the kind of work I like to do most. I got to follow some cardinals and a pheasant through snowy inner-city backyards around me to test the mettle of this 7D with my beloved lightweight and nasty-sharp 300mm f/4L IS and a 430EX.
Canon finally gets it, IMHO. Without paying megabucks for a camera the size and weight of a patio stone to hang on me as I climb fences wearing boots, I do need a fast, intuitive and responsive camera. This is it. The controls are placed so they don't slow me down. The camera is sized and shaped for moving. AF to die for. Muffled shutter noise. Good with gloves.
February 25, 2010
I upgraded from an XSi, also a great camera, but after using the 7D in store for only a short while, I knew it would bring my photography to a whole new level.
I didn't blindly rate the 7D 5 stars in every category, I really think it deserves it. In terms of features, the 7D is probably Canon's flagship. This thing feels like a testbed of new tech, and it really brings a lot of useful gadgets to the table. I especially like the orientation-aware AF setting mode.
In terms of performance, the AF is fast, the viewfinder display is excellent and unobtrusive, and the shooting speed is epic. Image "noise" should be renamed "grain" when you shoot with this camera; it's there, but the subtlety is excellent (if you have realistic expectations).
The video mode is also excellent, and well through out. However, I would've liked to see Tv and Av modes enabled (you can do auto or manual, with Auto ISO on either) and there is the rolling shutter artifact that plagues all CMOS video systems. But it's still a great feature.
The camera is complicated to use to its fullest, but the main shooting controls are the same as other pro-series EOS cameras, so no major complaints. Once you get used to it, everything flows nicely.
January 25, 2010
Great ergonomics. Small details missing
Great camera overall. Very good for sports and events where fast (not necessarily super accurate) AF is needed. For precise AF, the camera offers the spot AF which is extremely useful. Also present is the AF point expansion that somehow didn't make its way to the new 70D. The AF-expansion is far more useful than one might think and the performance has never let me down in terms of speed and accuracy. It isn't a pig to haul around and feels sturdy and well-fitted when used with the grip (don't get me started on the endless battery life!).
The one thing I love about this camera more so than any other speed-oriented camera (5 fps and above) is its ability to shoot in AI-Servo even at 7-8 fps. Many cameras bluff about their continuous shootins speed, but they don't tell you that the continuous speed applies only in single-focus mode. On the 7D, I was most surprised that its AF system and shutter work together so incredibly well to deliver fast performance and superior accuracy. Nothing else (in non-pro cameras) comes close.
However, the camera does have flaws. Thankfully they're mostly non-hardware-related so nothing failed and those that aren't up to expectation aren't huge problems. First, the RAW/JPEG button should be customizable to another setting, since its original function is just too useless in my world. If I can use it to switch BETWEEN RAW and JPEG rather than selecting one format or both format combined, that would make operation a whole lot smoother (coming to think of it, it would be nice if the "Q" buttn can be modified also).
Also, the DOF preview button, although can be customized to activate a certain preset AF setting, must be held down in order to have such function enabled. This is again annoying because of my use with longer lenses (70-200 2.8) where I have to constantly adjust the lens, leaving the DOF button uncovered and therefore loosing my preset AF function.
The camera's meter is inaccurate in my experience under some circumstances, especially when used in green-coloured settings (nature). It usually renders green as "dark" rather than a specific colour tone, and therefore ends up over exposing the image with mostly green elements. It is also extremely sensitive to white, usually rendering white as 2-4 stops brighter than other colours in a same-lit environment.
Lastly, with a metering system filled with lots of "zones," I was disappointed that AF-spot linked metering is not available. On the plus side, when used in Area-AF mode, the camera does take into account of which area you are using to focus.
After extensively using this camera in all photographic fields (type and location), I conclude that this is a superior camera with very good speed even in AI-Servo, but is flawed with mostly firmware-based shortcomings. Hear me Canon, if you can fix those minor firmware irks of mine I (and many others, I'm sure) will be extremely thankful.
November 29, 2013
best camera ever produced.
I enjoyed taking pictures on my recent purchase.
am in love with it.
November 2, 2013
*Figure based on updated firmware, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style and with UDMA 7 CF memory cards. Note: UDMA 7 CF memory card read/write speeds are not fully supported with the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera, if using UDMA 7 memory cards, the read/write speeds will be equivalent to UDMA 6.
With some lenses, the peripheral AF points may become sensitive to either vertical or horizontal lines (they will not function as cross-type AF points). These lenses are: EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6, EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II, EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III, EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM, EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6, EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM, EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II, EF80-200 f/4.5-5.6 USM.
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