• 18 MP APS–C CMOS Sensor

Designed and manufactured by Canon, the sensor produces an outstanding image and offers fantastic performance at high and low conditions, thanks to a new photodiode and microlens construction.

• 8fps image capture

Enabled by the Dual DIGIC 4 processors and improved electrical system, photographers can capture images at 8fps, without the need for additional accessories and in all file types.

• ISO Range

The EOS 7D enables photographers to capture subjects in their natural light. The ISO range (100 – 6,400) is expandable to 12,800.

• EOS Movie

With improved operation, making it easy to switch directly to movie mode, it is now even simpler to shoot Full HD video. Users can set exposure and frame rate – with options for 24 fps to create that cinematic feel.

• Dual DIGIC 4 processors

By utilising Dual DIGIC 4 processors, users of the EOS 7D never have to compromise between shooting speed, image quality and ISO performance.

Type 22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS
Effective pixels approx. 18.00 megapixels
Total pixels approx. 19.00 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3.2
Low-pass filter built-in/fixed
Sensor cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
Colour filter type primary colour

Type Dual DIGIC 4

Lens mount EF/EF-S
Field-of-view factor 1.6x (a lens on a 35mm format camera will show a field-of-view 1.6x greater than the same lens on the EOS 7D)

Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF system/points 19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
AF working range EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus, One-shot, AI Servo
AF point selection
Automatic selection: 19 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF, Spot AF, AF point Expansion, Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF point display Indicated by a transmissive LCD in viewfinder and on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen
Predictive AF up to 8m (with EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM at 50kph)
AF Lock when shutter button is pressed half-way in One-shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist Beam intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual focus selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
AF microadjustment with C.Fn III-5, 20 steps; options to adjust all lenses by same amount or adjust up to 20 lenses individually

Metering modes TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
2) Partial metering (approx. 9.4% of viewfinder at centre)
3) Spot metering (approx. 2.3% viewfinder at centre)
4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1 - 20 (at 23C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock
Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes
Exposure compensation 5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 3 Shots 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO sensitivity Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments); ISO can be expanded to H: 12800

electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speeds 30 seconds to 1/8000 second (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb; available shutter speed range varies with shooting mode)

Type auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, colour temperature setting.
White balance compensation blue/amber 9; magenta/green 9.
Custom white balance one setting can be registered
WB bracketing 3 levels in single level increments; 3 bracketed images per shutter release; selectable blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias

Coverage approx. 100%
Magnification approx. 1.0x 3
Eyepoint approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing screen fixed (transmissive LCD screen)
Mirror quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio of 40:60; no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information
AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light.
Exposure information: shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: white balance correction, CF card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst (2 digit display), highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: grid, dual axis electronic level
Depth-of-field preview with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece shutter on camera strap

Type 3-inch Clear View II TFT, approx. 920K dots
Coverage approx. 100%
Viewing angle approx. 160 (horizontally/vertically)
Coating anti-reflection and Solid Structure
Brightness adjustment
Auto: using extenal ambient light sensor
Manual: adjustable to one of seven levels
Display options
1) Quick Control Screen
2) Camera settings
3) Dual Axis Electronic Level

Built-in flash
GN 12 (ISO 100, meters)
Built-in flash coverage up to 15mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 24mm)
Built-in flash recycle time approx. 3 seconds
Modes auto, manual flash, multi flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
Red-eye reduction yes
1/250 second
Flash exposure compensation 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash exposure bracketing with compatible external flash
Flash exposure lock yes
Second curtain synchronisation yes
Hot-shoe yes
PC terminal yes
External flash compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wirless multi-flash support
External flash control via camera menu screen

Modes auto (stills and movie), creative auto, program AE, shutter priority AE, aperture priority AE, manual (stills and movie), custom (x3)
Picture Style standard, portrait, landscape, neutral, faithful, monochrome, user defined (x3)
Colour space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image processing highlight tone priority, auto lighting optimizer (4 settings), long exposure noise reduction, high ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings), auto correction of lens peripheral illumination
Drive modes single, continuous L, continuous H, self timer (2 seconds + remote, 10 seconds + remote)
Continuous Shooting Maximum approx. 8fps; speed maintained for up to 126 images JPEG Large/fine (with UDMA card), 15 images RAW (ISO 100, standard Picture Style)

electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame rate 30 fps
manual focus (with image magnification 5x or 10x at any point on screen)autofocus: quick mode, live mode, live face detection mode
Metering real-time evaluative metering with image sensor; active metering time can be changed
Display options grid overlay (x2), histogram

Still image type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant)/Design rule for Camera File system (2.0) RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording any combination of RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG possible.
Image size
JPEG: L) 5184x3456, M) 3456x2304, S) 2592x1728RAW: RAW) 5184x3456, M-RAW) 3888x2592, S-RAW) 2592x1728
Movie type MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Movie size 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps); 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps); 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Movie length Maximum duration 29min 59sec, maximum file size 4GB
Folders new folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering 1) Consecutive numbering, 2) Auto reset, 3) Manual reset

Custom functions
27 Custom Fubctions with 70 settings
Metadata tag user copyright information (can be set in camera)
LCD panel yes
LCD panel illumination yes
Water/dust resistance equal to EOS-1N
Sound memo no
Intelligent orientation sensor yes
Playback zoom 1.5x to 10x
Display formats 1) single image with information (2 levels), 2) single image, 3) 4-image index, 4) 9-image index, 5) magnified view
Slide show
Image selection: all images, by date, by folder, movies, stills
Playback time: 1/2/3/5 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Histogram brightness and RGB
Highlight alert yes
Image erase single image, all images in folder, checkmarked images, unprotected images
Image protection one image at a time
Data verification original image verification data can be appended to the image (OSK-E3 required for verification)
Menu Categories shooting menu (x4), playback menu (x2), setup menu (x3), custom functions menu, My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)
Firmware update possible by the user

Hi-Speed USB
Other HDMI mini output, video output (PAL/ NTSC), extension system terminal (for WFT-E5), external microphone (stereo mini jack)

Canon printers
Canon compact photo printers and PIXMA printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes

CompactFlash Type I/ II (Microdrive compatible, UDMA compatible), external storage with WFT-E5

PC Windows
XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition)
Macintosh OS X v10.4-10.5

Browsing and printing
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Image processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*, Original Data Security Tools*), Picture Style Editor (* requires optional accessory)

rechargeable Li-ion LP-E6 (supplied), 1 x CR1616 for date and settings
Battery life approx. 800 (at 23C, AE 50%, FE 50%); approx. 750 (at 0C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power saving power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 minutes
Power supply and battery chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery Charger LC-E6, Car Battery Charger CBC-E6

Body materials
magnesium alloy body covers
Operating environment 0 to 40 C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mm
Weight (body only) approx. 820g

Eyecup Eg, Dioptric adjustment lens Eg, Anti-Fog Eyepiece Eg
Case EH20-L
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5
Lenses all EF and EF-S lenses
Flash Canon Speedlites 220EX, 270EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
Battery Grip BG-E7
Remote Controller/ Switch remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Other Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated

Canon CMOS sensor

The EOS 7D includes a new 18 megapixel CMOS sensor with a wide ISO range that delivers excellent results in both the low and high-speed ranges as well as improved image quality. The sensor is a standard APS-C size (22.4x14.9mm).

The EOS 7D sensor features condensed circuitry with improved sensitivity and increased capacity of the photodiodes which enables shooting at high ISO and prevents overloading when shooting in bright conditions. The ISO range (100 - 6400) is expandable to 12800 enabling photographers to capture subjects in natural light without the use of a flash.

The EOS 7D sensor includes gapless microlenses that have been moved closer to the photodiodes. These technological advances, which were developed and manufactured by Canon, improve the signal to noise ratio creating very clean high ISO images.

19-point cross-type AF system including Spot AF

The AF system has been completely redesigned using the same architecture as the EOS-1 series and includes a separate processor to handle AF calculations. This, along with AI SERVO II AF, enables the EOS 7D to offer accurate, reliable and continuous shooting at 8fps. Uniquely at this level, all 19 points in the EOS 7D AF sensor are cross-type points with f/5.6 or faster lenses, which allows sophisticated tracking, accuracy and performance throughout the frame.

The EOS 7D also includes Spot AF, a new mode that uses a smaller area of the sensor to determine focus. This is useful for small subjects where there is background detail that can distract the AF sensor. It also includes Zone AF that limits automatic selection to one of five zones. This allows photographers to ensure their subject is automatically selected.

iFCL metering system with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor

The iFCL system uses focus, colour and luminance information to determine consistently exposed shots. All focus points provide distance information to the metering system to determine proximity to the subject and allow the algorithm to weight the exposure accordingly.

The EOS 7D has a completely new metering sensor with 63 zones compatible with 19 AF points. Typically, metering sensors are more sensitive to red subjects which can lead to overexposure. The EOS 7D combats this with the dual layer sensor, which has one layer sensitive to red and green light and one that is sensitive to blue and green light. The metering algorithm then compares the level of the two layers and adjusts the meter reading accordingly.

100% Viewfinder with 1.0x magnification and built in LCD overlay

The EOS 7D features a high quality viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.0x magnification – a first for EOS – making it simple and easy to use. The viewfinder uses a prism, coating technologies and eyepiece lenses inspired by the EOS-1 series.

The EOS 7D viewfinder does not have interchangeable focusing screens. In their place is a Transmissive LCD Screen – another first for EOS. Through technological advances Canon has been able to enhance the screen while maintaining viewfinder image quality. This new feature, which can be illuminated in lowlight, enables grid, spot metering and AF points to be superimposed upon demand.

EOS Movie

The EOS 7D features an improved movie function allowing users to record Full HD movies with full manual control and selectable frame rates. The operation of the movie function has been improved to make it easier to use via direct access to settings with dedicated buttons. AF can now be started by either half pressing the shutter button or using the AF-ON button as before.

The exposure of the movie can be controlled in manual mode allowing full control of shutter speeds and apertures. It is possible to select frame rates from: 30 (29.97), 25, and 24 (23.976), with 60 (59.94) and 50 available at 720p. ISO can be set automatically or manually in the range (100-6400) and is expandable to 12800.

The EOS 7D also allows users to trim and cut their movies.

Dual DIGIC 4

The EOS 7D is fitted with Dual DIGIC 4 processors. The power of the processors enables more advanced processing algorithms allowing the camera to achieve a high performance 8fps at 18 megapixels.

DIGIC 4 removes the highly noticeable colour noise as well as reducing luminance noise without loss in detail, allowing for very clean high ISO images. Even at ISO 6400 noise levels are similar to those of ISO 1600 from DIGIC III.

Auto Lighting Optimiser is now also available during manual exposure, without any drop in performance.

DIGIC 4 also allows UDMA cards (mode 6) to be used at their full speed, which allows the EOS 7D to take advantage of the fastest cards available.

Clear View II

The 3-inch LCD monitor of the EOS 7D has 920,000 dots (VGA resolution) with a viewing angle of 160. Clear View II has been designed to combat glare by removing the air-gap between the LCD’s protective cover and the liquid crystal. The air-gap is filled with an elastic optical material. This has the affect of suppressing the reflections from the surface of the liquid crystal, caused by the sharp change in refractive index, as light travels through the air-gap.

In order to protect the liquid crystal from scratches the Clear View II LCD features a hardened glass cover material.

As with the EOS 5D Mark II, an ambient light sensor on the side of the screen can set brightness automatically depending on the environment.

Canon introduces the EOS 7D

Innovative technologies and intuitive build define a new photographic experience

Canon has unveiled the EOS 7D digital SLR camera – a completely new design to meet the specific demands of photographers.

Incorporating a new 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, developed by Canon, the EOS 7D also features: Dual “DIGIC 4” processors to offer fast, high-quality performance in all light conditions, an ISO range expandable to 12,800 and continuous shooting at 8 frames per second – without the need for additional accessories.

Impressive technologies are matched by excellent build-quality designed with the photographer in mind – to create a whole new photographic experience.

During extensive development Canon went back to the drawing board, listening to photographers worldwide in order to design the EOS 7D to meet their specific needs. Commenting on the creation of the EOS 7D, Mr Uchidoi, Group Executive of Photo Products Group, Canon Inc. Japan said “We consulted over 5,000 photographers worldwide and asked them what they most wanted to see from a camera. Matching this insight with cutting-edge technology, we were able to develop a camera that truly gives photographers the versatile tool they require to experiment with their images.”


Accurate Images – High performance AF and metering systems

The EOS 7D features a 19-point cross-type AF sensor, enabling photographers to achieve accurate shots and optimise composition options. This improved AF system offers a range of manual and automatic settings including Zone and Spot AF to track and capture subjects quickly and accurately.

AF settings are highly customisable, allowing for rapid reaction to changes in the scene. Different AF points can be set for vertical or horizontal orientation, so photographers can automatically switch between landscape and portrait shots without touching a button.

The EOS 7D also incorporates a new metering system. The Focus Colour Luminance metering system (iFCL) intelligently measures focus, colour and luminance, across 63 zones. Complementing the 19 AF points, the dual layer sensor is able to gather information from each distinct zone to obtain a more accurate and consistent exposure.


Capture images exactly as you see them

The Canon EOS 7D features an Intelligent Viewfinder that offers photographers 100 per cent frame coverage. With 1.0x magnification – a first for EOS – photographers see a large bright image that helps to fully immerse them within the shot.

A transmissive LCD incorporated in the viewfinder allows photographers to choose between various overlay features – such as AF points, the spot metering circle and composition grid – providing a range of tools that helps when framing a shot.

The EOS 7D is also the first EOS to introduce a Dual-Axis Electronic Level – in the viewfinder and on the LCD – that indicates both pitch and roll angles. This feature is particularly useful when shooting landscapes to ensure a level horizon, or when used in conjunction with a tilt-and-shift lens to level the camera.

The camera features a new 3-inch Clear View II LCD screen with a solid structure screen, designed to combat glare by removing the air-gap between the LCD’s protective cover and the liquid crystal. This new screen has a viewing angle of 160 degrees and is effective even in bright light. As with the EOS 5D Mark II, an ambient light sensor on the side of the screen can set brightness automatically depending on the environment.


Experiment creatively with light

The Canon EOS 7D is equipped with an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter. For the first time in an EOS, photographers can control external Speedlites with no additional accessories – ideal for those looking to experiment with creative lighting set-ups. The EOS 7D also features an extensively upgraded, built-in flash including manual control, and wider flash coverage to cover focal lengths as wide as 15mm


Customise your individual camera experience

The EOS 7D has been conceived and designed with the photographer’s needs in mind. The look and feel of the camera has been aesthetically and ergonomically crafted to offer photographers the very best interaction. To this end, the photographer can design their own experience – camera operations are customisable, allowing the user to assign frequently used functions and settings to convenient controls. This enables photographers to save time when shooting critical moments, by changing settings quickly.


Impressive Design

Canon has listened to photographer feedback when designing the body, as well as the internal technologies. A magnesium alloy body offers environmental protection – the tough, lightweight construction is designed to defend against moisture, and dust – equivalent to the legendary EOS–1N.



The camera is compatible with a wide range of accessories so it can easily be integrated with a photographer’s workflow.

The Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E5) allows extensive camera control via a web browser – allowing photographers to control the camera using a web-enabled mobile device.

The EOS 7D is compatible with all EF and EF-S lenses as well as Canon EX Speedlites.

The Canon EOS 7D can also be used with Battery BG-E7, and remote controllers and switches such as the remote Controller RC-1/RC-5.


Pricing & Availability

The EOS 7D is available from early October 2009 priced at 1699.99 / €1999.99 RRP inc. VAT

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