Flame war debate: Canon Unveils EOS 7D

September 1st, 2009

We wait and wait all year for the camera companies to release new cameras so we can desire the biggest and baddest. Just this morning Canon announced their new addition to the high-end camera line, the EOS 7d. Now, before we get into it here, lets list the facts/specs about the camera:

• 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
• 1.6x Crop
• 8 frames per second continuous shooting
• 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
• 3.0 inch Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dots
• 19-point AF system (all cross-type)
• 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage viewfinder
• Wireless flash control
• Environmental sealing
• $1699 price tag (body only)

Read the full review here.

Now, what do you think.

Is this a camera that is fully worthy of a release at this point? Do you believe that Canon should have spent their time releasing or designing something else? If so, what and why?

Note: I’ve started the debate by this comment earlier this morning.

Posted by on 09/1/09 in Photography, Technology

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  1. I made this comment earlier on the twitwebs.

    “Canon, what are you thinking? You do realize you have a bunch us using pro bodies right? This doesn’t work for me http://tinyurl.com/l3kzl8

    and Followed it up with this:

    “Of course its an attractive offering as a camera. T1i + 50d = 7d = was this the best choice of update?”

  2. Ray J. says:

    I totally agree with you Shelby. I think the 5d Mark II was all the prosumer mock up that Canon needed. Hopefully they’re in the process of jazzing up 1Ds Mark iV to make the $6,000 sticker price match it’s specs…

  3. Greg says:

    I think this camera looks super appealing! (In fact, I think I was the first to argue with Shelby and suggest a flame war — thanks for posting this Shelby, BTW). I’m shooting with the 1DmkIIN today and this looks better in every way but sensor size. So for me, that comes down to 2 disadvantages:

    1- Smaller pixels = more noise (but still probably better than the 1DmkIIN sensor with the newer technologies
    2- Crop factor is a bummer shooting wide (this one seems the biggest issue to me)

    Pros over the 1DmkIIN:
    1- 18mp
    2- Lighter & smaller = awesome!
    3- Price
    4- Video
    5- 1.6x crop can be an advantage if you shoot a lot of long lenses

    Looks pretty good to me. Fuel on the fire!

    PS- Can we still be friends? =)

  4. Ian M. says:

    Although I hate when canon under cuts there best cameras with a lower price point camera in all honestly this one is not so bad. Yes the sensor is 1.6x but for some people thats a plus think your 200mm on that baby. As of right now with a 1D Mrk II, I am fully satisfied with everything it has BUT it would be nice for commercial work or something where you need higher mp / resolution to have this lightweight body in the bag to grab. Also at that price tag, it will be hard to beat. The video again something extra but hey the price is not bad for all the functionality.

    This could be a great backup or 2nd shooter lightweight cam for me!

    PS. the new 19 AF points get my thumbs up even the 5d mrk ii doesnt have that it only had 15. and most are invisible!

  5. Greg & Ian

    It would have been a smarter move on Canon’s part to introduce a 7d that had a better design as well as not a 1.6x factor. There currently is only one 1.3x camera in the line right now and that’s the 1d3. IF Canon would have done that, this camera would step into my FOV if you will.

    Video is awesome but we should have had that with a 1d4(a pro cam) release this morning instead of the 7d. The 1d4 would have been high MP, had video, had a better crop factor, had a great processor…

    You’re throwing a popup flash on an 18mp, 8fps cam and trying to make it high-end? Seems like a half joke.

  6. ivan says:

    All I know is that I’ll be picking it up. for $1700, it’s a huge upgrade from the 20d. The only bad thing to me is the 1.6, but you can work around that. It’d be nice to have a 5dmk2 and a 7d imo.

  7. sean says:

    trying to keep up with the jones’ can drive a photographer crazy. all of canons cameras are super powerful nowadays and it just seems like peas and carrots to me. until i can change custom functions on my 1dmk2n with my eyes closed, i’ll be happy with what i have.

  8. Drew says:

    Here’s a great article from a photog who had access to a beta copy of the 7D – full res samples of all ISOs, plus video modes, and useful info about the AF system and new lenses.


  9. I’d rather see canon release a phone + high res camera with literally no options, now thats something I’d buy…but really, I agree with Sean in a sense that keeping up with the technology is hard.

    Taking a look at Rob Galbraith’s site and seeing how truly amazing noise is handled per ISO change is great.

  10. Aaron says:

    Been waiting to see what they were going to release next and am a tad shaken in either direction on this one. But, being the 2nd day of the news, we’ll have to see what they’re saying after a few more weeks of shooting with it. Loving the opportunity to work HD video again though. Wireless TTL, nice!

    Although there are dual processors I wasn’t expecting DIGIC IV for this new release. Seems like they could have let go of dual V’s in this baby, cuz you know they’re lingering somewhere in that Canon Lab! Also, judging from the various ISO shots on Rob’s site, the images to seem a tad noisy for a camera with this many changes. I could be wrong though. Either way, bring on the ISO 50’s and 25’s for all the slow shooters!

  11. NAVIS says:

    I’m kind of disappointed it doesn’t have a cell phone built in.

    I think there becomes a point in technology for photography where you really can’t make the camera better. Unless that camera can actually make a three dimensional print that defies the laws of string theory. Other than making prints the size of a small country, how many mega pixels does one actually need? So I guess this is where breeding of still and motion cameras comes into play. And now that the technology has arrived, I’d like to be able to call my girlfriend while I’m shooting in some hot, exotic location… from my camera.

    The level on the camera seems like a great idea. I have no idea what I would use it for though. I suppose if I needed to level my Ikea shelves that need to be installed, I could use the 7D.

    Just seems to me they’ve created the highest and lowest end models and are just filling in the gaps with stuff like this now. Not that it’s bad by any means. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what comes up in the next few years.

    Can’t wait to get a 5DmkII.

  12. Nic Bingham says:

    I was really excited when I first heard that Canon had released a new camera body, then when I saw the new 7D is was pretty disappointed. First of all, I thought the 50D was a mistake. Why release a camera with more mega-pixels just to have more mega-pixels? Especially when the camera before it (40D) outperforms it on noise levels. I think the 7D was an obvious response to the Nikon D300s. Maybe from here on out they will drop the line of the 50D. The new 7D to me is like the Nikon D80/ D90. I think its just a camera with a bunch of gimmicks. I for one am not a fan of the HD video shooting in camera bodies. I dont know anyone that uses that feature in their 5D Mii.
    I think this body will be good for wildlife photographers that want a crop factor and also weather sealing in their camera bodies. But why create another class of camera? Now there is another go between class to get to the 1D/1Ds bodies. I don’t see why they want to keep people from buying their most expensive bodies by making people think the 5D is the best camera available.

  13. Lee says:

    No 5 exposure bracketing and no iso 50 = sad face.

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