Canon Returns to the Top Ranks of DSLR With the 7D

 

The Canon EOS 7D is the manufacturer’s flagship APS-C camera. Designed to rival cameras such as the Nikon D300S, it combines a high megapixel count with a reasonable price tag.

In many respects, this camera can even rival Canon’s 5D Mark II. If you don’t need a full frame camera, you would be hard-pressed to find a reason to buy the more expensive 5D.

Update 2015: The Canon EOS 7D was first released in 2009 and this review was written in 2010. It is an excellent camera and remains a fantastic find on the used market. For the most recent version of the 7D, look for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, which has 20.2 megapixels and enhanced full HD video capability.

Pros

Almost too many to mention, but here are a few:

  • 18 megapixels
  • 19 point AF system
  • 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed
  • Excellent low light performance
  • Good battery life
  • Nearly all buttons and controls can be customized according to personal preference

 

Cons

  • Unreliable white balance in artificial lighting conditions
  • Tends to overexpose slightly in very contrasty conditions
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