Canon has announced a major firmware upgrade, version 2.0.X, for the EOS 7D that improves the prosumer DSLR's features and abilities in many key areas. Best news? It's free!
With the release of one of the most significant firmware upgrades of the digital age, Canon EOS 7D owners now have a more advanced DSLR. The free update boosts buffer capacity from 15 to 25 RAW images, an important complement to the camera's 8 fps burst rate. The ISO Auto range has been extended from 100-3200 to 100-6400, and the camera is now compatible with the recently introduced Canon GPS Recceiver GP-E2. Canon EOS 7D Firmware Update 2.0.X is the most significant and wide-ranging update since the 7D was introduced in 2009.
Canon EOS 7D owners can now also process RAW images in-camera. In-camera RAW adjustments include: exposure compensation, white balance, picture style, noise reduction, distortion correction and more. Users will also be able to re-size images in-camera. Images can also be given star rankings for easier sorting. All in-camera post-processing can be done in playback mode.
New features that are inherited from the Canon EOS 5D Mark III include the ability to manually adjust audio levels prior to recording video up to 64 levels and a new submenu that lets users modify the first four characters of file names.
Unlike typical firmware updates, which usually fix bugs or add minor new features, the Canon 7D firmware update is one of the most significant ones we've seen and increases the value of the 7D. It also puts more distance between the 7D and the enthusiast-oriented Canon 60D.
Canon EOS 7D Firmware Version 2.0.X will be available in early August. Learn more about the upgrade here.