A Whole New Class of EOS
With a host of brand new features designed to enhance every facet of the photographic process, from still images to video, the new EOS 7D represents a whole new class of camera. Made to be the tool of choice for serious photographers and semi-professionals, the EOS 7D features an all-new 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, capturing tremendous images at up to ISO 12800 and speeds of up to 8 fps. The EOS 7D has a new all cross-type 19-point AF system with improved AI Servo AF subject tracking and user-selectable AF area selection modes for sharp focus no matter the situation. The EOS 7D's Intelligent Viewfinder, an entirely newly designed technology, provides 100% coverage and displays user-selected AF modes as well as a spot metering circle and on demand grid lines. New iFCL Metering with 63-zone dual-layer metering system uses both focus and color information to provideaccurate exposure even in difficult lighting. The EOS 7D also captures Full HD video at 30p (29.97 fps), 24p (23.976 fps) and 25p with an array of manual controls, including manual exposure during movie shooting and ISO speed selection. The EOS 7D features a magnesium alloy body that is dust and weather resistant and shutter durability of up to 150,000 cycles. Compatible with over 60 EF and EF-S lenses as well as with EOS System accessories, the creative opportunities - not just with stills but also with video - are beyond amazement
Use for architectural,sports,wildlife photography.Very fast when you need it. Good noise control even at high ISO.Weight and balance when holding the camera very comfortable.Live view great for darker scenes.I do not use the video so I can not comment on that.
As a camera enthusiast looking for an upgrade from my entry level DSLR, the 7D was a great option. It's noticeably heavier than my old t3i, but is more ergonomic. The big spinny dial is satisfying to play with too!
Research the auto-fucus problem with this camera before you purchase it. If you are unlucky enough to get one of the lemons be forewarned, Canon won't do a thing to help you. There is an online petition with over 500 signatures.
I have been shooting professionally with a Canon 5D Mark II and 5D "Classic" as a backup. I was looking for a great replacement for the "Classic" and decided on a refurbished Canon 7D from Adorama. The 7D is absolutely "dynamite" with a better autofocus system, faster burst rate, and more advanced image processor than the 5D Mark II at a fraction of the cost for a 5D Mark III. I like to have as much commonality as possible between my primary and backup cameras, and like that both the 5D Mark II and this 7D share the same battery and both use CF memory cards. I can see myself using the 7D as my preferred camera over the full-frame 5D Mark II which is likely to become the backup more often than not. The 7D is producing image quality that will more than satisfy my clients. Adorama gave me a great deal on a refurbished camera which came with all of the original packaging. software, cables, and user manuals. In fact, I believe this camera was actually factory new, but it had a tiny insignificant cosmetic flaw which I didn't even notice until I'd had the camera for a week and someone else pointed it out. By then, had already fallen in love with its performance. Great camera, great price, fast delivery, highly recommend Adorama for new, used, or refurbished gear!
Fantastic camera, could not ask for a better product. Use it every day for backcountry skiing.
I had a 60D and decided to buy the 7D for the burst rate. The burst rate is phenomenal but there are so many other things that you get in a pro camera that you dont get in a prosumer such as the autofocus points etc.
Thought I'd update my 4-star review from November 2010. The 7D has been an amazing performer. The body is super durable and the dust control system has kept my images spot-free for 3 years in the high desert. IQ is fantastic, I've upgraded my evaluation to 5 stars from 4: as another reviewer commented, this is a camera that you don't just pick up and shoot with. Now that I've shot dozens of events in low light (80mm effective with my 50mm 1.2), I find myself more and more in love with this camera. This is a pro camera in every respect, and you simply can't lose buying it. I have no 'pixel envy' whatsoever!
Tthis camera is well beyond my expectations ! It is my fourth canon camera. I could not be happier!
Image quality is unsurpassed, the highest I've ever seen for an APS-C sized sensor. Easy to use with a magnificent viewfinder. I absolutely love the zone AF select, allowing you to select a zone of AF points instead of just one, allowing for lightning fast focusing. Video quality is top notch, installing magic lantern expands the possibilities allowing for even better quality video and audio as well as creativity. 60fps 720p is a major selling point, allowing for epic slowmo. I strongly recommend ML to anyone, even just for still shooting. The 8fps burst mode is great, especially with the AI Servo AF mode. Battery life is impressive. Rear LCD is crystal clear. Can't beat this camera for the price, best APS-C camera on the market, one of the best sports cameras besides the 1DX whose price is 6X the 7D, so comparison is not fair. This camera is also indestructible (check out DigitalRevTV for the durability test)
landscape and nature photography are my game. Whether I use this or my Pentax K-5 depends on how far I'm hiking. The Canon is much heavier, even with a 35mm F/2 as opposed to the K-5 with a 35mm - and the Canon offers no better image quality, but it does have a more comprehensive and affordable lens availability. It is nice, durable, smooth workin' piece of gear.