Canon EOS 7D digital SLR camera
A Canon D-SLR built for speed -- perfect for action photography
- Fast burst mode, solid body, versatile focusing modes, very good high ISO performance
- Focusing wasn't always accurate, could use more accessible focus controls
The Canon EOS 7D is definitely for the action photographer: It has a fast burst mode and captures huge images. Its high ISO performance is very good, but we found its focus to be hit and miss.
Price$ 2,699.00 (AUD)
Canon's EOS 7D digital SLR is designed for users who want fast shooting performance. That means sports photographers, nature photographers, and basically anyone who needs to freeze-frame a fast-moving subject. It has a crisp-sounding shutter, a sturdily built (and heavy at 900g) stainless steel and polycarbonate body, and all of its settings can be controlled via dedicated buttons or button/dial combinations.
The EOS 7D slots in to Canon's digital SLR line-up between the EOS 50D and the 5D Mark II. It costs $2699 (for the body only), which is $800 more expensive than the 50D and $2100 cheaper than the 5D Mark II. Some of its features are actually better than those of the 5D Mark II (such as its greater number of focus points and faster burst speed), but it's not fair to compare the two cameras directly — the 5D Mark II is a full-frame, 21.1-megapixel, 35mm camera.
The EOS 7D, on the other hand, doesn't have a 35mm sensor, instead using a 22.3x14.9mm, 18-megapixel sensor. It produces huge images (up to 5184x3456 pixels and 18MB in size) and requires CompactFlash cards to store them. We used an 8GB Lexar Professional UDMA 300x card to get the most out of the camera.
Built for speed
With a burst speed of almost five frames per second in our tests (Canon quotes 8fps), you'll almost certainly be able to capture all the action of a sporting event, a bird swooping down to its perch, or water droplets hitting the ground. However, it's outclassed by a professional high-speed camera like Canon's EOS 1D Mark III, which can shoot at 10fps according to the company. The EOS 1D Mark III also costs almost two and a half times as much as the EOS 7D and only has a slightly bigger sensor.
We captured this rain drop using shutter priority mode on a gloomy Sydney day. Using a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second and an ISO speed of 400, the camera was able to capture the explosion as the droplet hit the tile.
It's worth noting that we didn't experience the ghosting problem that Canon Australia has posted about on its Web site. This problem crops up in images that have been taken in burst mode with a less than optimal exposure.
You can see from the shot above that even on a gloomy day the EOS 7D will take vibrant shots in its standard colour mode, although you might have to adjust the levels slightly during post-processing to give the darker colours more richness. In dark environments the EOS 7D's ISO speed can be boosted greatly, allowing you to use a shutter speed fast enough to counter blurring as you hold the camera. We achieved usable results in dimly lit environments primarily using ISO 1600, but you can get great results even at ISO 3200; in our low-light tests, colours were captured vibrantly and we didn't even have to adjust the luminance of the shots in post-production.
This shot was taken with an ISO speed of 1600 and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second.
From left to right: ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400. You can see that the exposure stays the same, but the definition of the image gets a little sharper at ISO 400.
From left to right: ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200. Only slight noise is visible up to ISO 1600, and the solid colours are starting to get some white speckles. The good news is that the speckles are not introducing rogue colours into the mix.
At ISO 6400 the speckling is more pronounced, but it looks more like grain than anything else. There is some discolouration in dark areas at this setting, but it won't be noticeable unless you heavily crop your images. It's a good setting to use with the camera's black and white mode if you want to get more of a grainy look, as we've done with this Coke can.
Join the newsletter!
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Toys for Boys
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Google Daydream View VR Headset
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Bose SoundLink Micro
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Xbox One X
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 2 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 3 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 4 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- Acer's Chromebook Spin 11 brings a stylus, 360-degree hinge, and USB-C for an affordable $349
- Intel tells customers to stop rolling out faulty patches
- Why parents should worry about Office 365's Immersive Reader dictation feature for students
- Humble Monthly is selling Civilization VI for 80% off
- The Full Nerd episode 39: Meltdown, Spectre, and astronomical graphics card prices
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- JBL Link 10 review: Full, in-depth review
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- CES 2018
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- CCJunior Cyber Security AnalystACT
- FTSales Manager - Global ISP Cloud Solutions ProviderVIC
- FTSenior Penetration TesterACT
- FTNetwork Technical Specialist L3 x 2 ? Large Telco ? 6 month contract initiallyNSW
- FTNetwork Engineering Team Lead/Network ManagerNSW
- FTDNS Network SpecialistOther
- FTProject Manager (Rail/ Signalling/Electrical / Construction)Other
- FTIT Systems AnalystOther
- FTSitecore Developer/ArchitectOther
- FTOpenText ConsultantQLD
- FTJava DevelopersVIC
- CCCisco Communication Engineer / Technician - FIFOWA
- FTApplication Support AnalystOther
- FTSenior Business AnalystOther
- FTSenior Change Analyst - ERP implementationOther
- CCDatapower DeveloperACT
- TPDevOps Practice OfficerQLD
- CCVisualisation DeveloperNSW
- TPPrincipal Business AnalystQLD
- CCSenior Development DBA - OracleNSW
- CCFront-End DeveloperNSW
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW