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Canon EOS 7D
October 5, 2009 - Dave Hecei
The Canon EOS digital SLR line has a new member, the EOS 7D. This new model boasts plenty of new features and technologies, but unlike the other single digit D camera – the 5D – it does not have a full frame sensor. Like the double digit D series – 10D, 20D, and up to the current 50D – the 7D has the APS-C sized C-MOS sensor. But this model is not a replacement for the 50D, more a little brother to the 5D.
Reading through the press release for the 7D we find some amazing specs. The sensor is a new one capable of 18 megapixels. To process all the data from this sensor are two new Digic 4 processors – yep, dual processors in a DSLR. The 7D can shoot up to 8fps for stills plus it has 1080p HD video capabilities like the 5D. Unlike the new T1i, the 7D does shoot 30fps HD video and has a jack for an external microphone.
To compete with Nikon, the 7D has extended the ISO range up to 3200 with expansion out to 12800 possible. The rear 3-inch LCD display screen is high resolution showing 920,000 pixels. Canon states they have reduced glare and increased the viewing angle up to 160 degrees. A unique new feature is a built in dual-axis electronic level. The level display can show the current pitch and roll angles of the camera.
Some other new features are a new 19-point AF system, a metering system that measures the color-luminance-focus across 63 zones, and a 1.0x magnification viewfinder that shows 100% of the image area, a vast improvement on other xxD models. There are also better wireless flash capabilities and improved seals to keep out moisture and dust.
All this comes at a price. The 7D has a street price around $1800. This is far below the 5D mark II’s price of $2800, but more than the 50D at $1100. The 7D is shipping now, but is hard to find in stock at most retailers I have checked.
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