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Average Customer Rating:
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89% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:

Quick Start-up Time (223), Simple Controls/menu (186), Good Battery Life (228), Easy To Use (147), Excellent Image Quality (268), Superior Build Quality (290), Nice Features/settings (267), Solid Operation (248), Bright Lcd (240), Lightweight/portable (77), Quiet (149), Add A Pro (3), Fast Af (3), Fast Auto-focus (3)

Cons:

Dim Lcd (5), Noisy (36), Missing Features/settings (19), Price (6), Heavy/bulky (41), Poor Image Quality (24), Poor Build Quality (6), Shaky Operation (9), Difficult To Use (7), Short Battery Life (8), Complicated Controls/menu (16), Soft Focus (3), None (6)

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Good Deal with kit len 28-135

By melvin156 from New Jersey on 09/11/2015

For the past 5 years i had become interested in canon's cameras, I have been a long time user of another popular name brand, But when i saw this camera with the 28-135 kit lens for $$ I jumped on it and have not regreted it. I paired it up with a 35mm f/1.8 IS USM and 85mm f/1.8 Prime Lens and the pictures are fantastic, If this camera is still available get it ASAP, not bad in low light with good glass.


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7D what a bargain

By flyboy from Missouri on 06/20/2015

A great step up from my Canon T1i. Many more featured and a quality build. The video included with the camera "Introduction to the Canon EOS 7D" by Blue Crane Digital was a great help to master all the cameras functions and improve my skill.


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Amazing Camera

By Liz from Austin, TX on 06/19/2015

My new Canon 70D is amazing! I jumped from the 20D to the 70D and I'm so happy I did. The new camera is so intuitive to use. Very easy to navigate the menu and the dials. Intelligent Scene Auto is spot on. I have had trouble taking photographs inside my home "" they would always be yellow or orange. Now they are true to color. The added focal points were a big factor in my decision to upgrade to the 70 D.


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Go To Camera

By atrippp from Wyoming on 06/02/2015

I've been using my 7D for about 1 1/2 years now, and love it. My preferred shooting is fast action sports (i.e. Motocross, Hockey), & portraits. I have 2 cameras but use the 7D pretty much exclusively anymore.. Thanks Canon for giving us a product that finally outworks the price..


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Very capable image maker

By Phred from Moose country,Maine on 03/27/2015

Canon does not disappoint! Packed with features that make capturing the shot intuitive! Customizable to every shooting style! Image quality that moves the viewers... If you are not using canon products.. Do yourself a favor ... Try them .. You will never look back!


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Bought this camera in ...

By Bob from Tucson Arizona on 02/18/2015

Bought this camera in 2011 and it is still going strong in 2015. My 1D mark III is older and still works fine. No need to get caught up with changing out gear every two years unless able to do so.


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Canon 7D

By wildlifedigicam from Bay Area, California on 02/03/2015

I shot another brand forever. I was tired of the poor pictures on the sidelines of the high school football games. A Canon seemed to be a favorite of the photographers around me. I read that the 7D was the best choice in the mid price range to accomplish this task. I purchased the 7D. I soon found out that the kit lenses did not work for me on the sidelines. I invested in a faster f2.8 lens. After a year of shooting Friday night football with this new set up, I found that even though I was getting some ok pictures, most of them were very grainy or noisy under the poor lighting conditions at most high schools.. I still did not have the equipment to get quality shots at low light sports action. This prevented me from getting a part time job shooting sports for a website. The 7D is an excellent overall camera, but don't expect to get quality pictures at low light fast action sporting events. I am looking at the newer Canon 7D Mark ll. It just might be what I need to reach my goals.


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Poor Image Quality - Poor Focusing - Soft Focus

By Mike from Missouri - the show me state on 12/05/2014

I concur with so many others in complete dissatisfaction of the performance of the 7D. I've had Canon products since the 1980's and owning this one is enough to make me switch brands. It is very rare that I get a crisp image with this camera. My best shots are very soft. Editing software helps some but most are even beyond help there. I wish Canon would own up to the problem and put out a fix for it. I have to believe they could offer a firmware fix but they must first accept the problem. I almost bought a 60D when I moved up from my T3i but wasted the extra money on the 7D - what a disappointment. This Missouri Boy says "Show us a fix Canon"


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Great first DSLR

By hebla from Undisclosed on 11/30/2014

I wanted to learn how to use a camera. Not just use auto and click. I've had this fabulous product for more than 2 years. It'll be three by the end of December. This camera has so many different options. The quality of the image (once you know how to actually use the camera) is PERFECT. This camera is NOT for someone who is just planning on using auto, in my opinion no DSLR is. The only downfall for me is it is a crop sensor, so when using my 50mm it is difficult for family photos. But other than that, loving my Canon EOS 7D!!


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Greeat Pix in Alaska

By Sonny from Juneau, Ak. on 11/14/2014

So far I have really enjoyed my Canon 7 D. I've never owned a SLS point and shoot camera so I'm learning a lot. The automatic feature helps right off the bat. And when I film, I get some really crisp shots. Thanks Canon. Sonny


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Worst purchase ever

By The Optic from Undisclosed on 08/30/2014


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Difficult To Use, Poor Image Quality, Dim Lcd, Shaky Operation, Noisy

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

As a pro how can you use a camera that will give you about a 35% in focus, and some times even less. I got it as a second body and is a piece of junk..Many photo shoots ruened..All I can say to anyone setting tobuy this camera a a sencond camera you would be better off buying a power shot


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Great Camera

By CKY from california on 08/16/2014


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

First, I love this camera. I mostly do surf photography, so this camera is the best way the spend your money. very solid camera, There is no need to baby this camera, but you should still try to take care of it. The 19 AF points guarantees that your photo will always be if focus. The only problem I had was the serial number on the bottom smear, and eventually making it illegible. If this has happened to anybody please let me know how you fixed this problem. Can I send it to canon to reprint it and seal it properly?


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Excellent camera

By Fotosdenada from Undisclosed on 05/29/2014


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

While researching which DSLR to purchase (finally moving on from film!) I came across the 7D and decided that it was a good option for me. Why? It's built well. I have a tendency to destroy things and this camera is (mostly) me-proof. The metal construction and weather sealing have certainly spared this camera from certain death. The 8FPS birst and focus modes make wildlife photography a lot easy. Of course, I was used to film and manual focus... The interface is intuitive and works well. The ability to customize the menu system with most-used features is handy, too. It's not perfect, of course. It's a bit heavy for some and it's not a full-frame sensor. Over-all, though, I'm very happy with this camera.


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Very Disappointed, Owned Ae1, A2e, 30d, 50d

By nick from san diego, ca on 05/04/2014


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Focus Is Soft !!

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

For manual video it's a great Camera when it comes to using it for photography the camera has a high failure rate. Images come out very soft!! I own the 70-200 2.8 L &16-35 2.8 L and I have used them on my prior canon body's with zero issues, I have tried applying the micro adjustments but I'm still not happy. It's a hit and miss on the focus.


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It is fast and auto focus is perfect

By shubijonm from California on 04/22/2014


Pros:

Quiet, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using 7D for since the Canon released the camera. I travelled to Grand Canyon to Zion National Park to Bruce Canyon, 7D gave me the best result.


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I love this camera!

By Ashleyrambles from Reno, NV on 04/17/2014


Pros:

Quiet, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is one of my favorite cameras, because it features everything I need for wedding photography. It is quiet, has many ISO and shutter speed numbers. Not to mention the quality of my images are always beautiful.


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4 Years of Satisfaction

By ABQ_Joe from Albuquerque, NM on 01/31/2014


Pros:

Very Responsive, Rugged And Tough, Excellent Weathersealing

Cons:

Dated High Iso Performance, No Headphone Jack

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

There were things that needed getting used to that may have reduced my rating 4 years ago, but I'm glad I didn't jump to conclusions. This camera is still very relevant, despite its age. It is professional quality, sealed tight, solid and super-responsive. The only thing I regret, is that it has no headphone port to monitor sound during video recording. A person whose work involves extensive filmmaking would obviously choose the 70D instead. But, very few wildlife photogs would find fault in this camera, except for the dated high ISO performance.


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Great camera

By rpp from Louisiana on 01/16/2014


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a retired professional photographer, but I still shoot high school and college sports. It is a great camera and does everything I ask of it on a daily basis.


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7D year 3

By Free Lance from Washington D.C. Metro Area on 12/17/2013


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have 2 7D's. I am a freelance sports shooter in Northern Virginia and am able to capture some really great shots using the 7D with the 70-200 L IS II and the 17-40 L IS for the short shots. I sling the short shot 7D and monopod the long. I shoot a lot in low light and am able to control the noise (High ISO) by adjusting the speed and using the 8fps high burst rate. I do have to cull the bad ones out but I alway have those that are tack sharp. I find the 7D easy to setup and work with. The weight can be a bit much when using large glass and thats why they have monopods and tripods. The only feature I miss would be not having a dual CF and SD card slots.


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Best camera I have owned

By Osti from Wisconsin on 12/10/2013


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned a Canon for almost 10 years and I will always be a canon owner. I've had this camera for almost a month and it exceeds my expectations. One word of advice is to really go thru the owners manual and spend time learning all the features of this camera. Some people say they have problems with this camera, read the book and spend time learning what this awesome tool can do.


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Great ergonomics. Small details missing

By ZaZoo from St. Albert, AB on 11/29/2013


Pros:

Fast Continuous Speed In Ai-servo, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Super Battery Life With Grip, Solid Operation, Fast Af, Nice Features/settings, Customizable Af

Cons:

Non-rgb Meter, No Face Detection Phase Af, Sometimes-innaccurate Meter, Missing Features/settings, Some Buttons Are Useless

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great camera overall. Very good for sports and events where fast (not necessarily super accurate) AF is needed. For precise AF, the camera offers the spot AF which is extremely useful. Also present is the AF point expansion that somehow didn't make its way to the new 70D. The AF-expansion is far more useful than one might think and the performance has never let me down in terms of speed and accuracy. It isn't a pig to haul around and feels sturdy and well-fitted when used with the grip (don't get me started on the endless battery life!). The one thing I love about this camera more so than any other speed-oriented camera (5 fps and above) is its ability to shoot in AI-Servo even at 7-8 fps. Many cameras bluff about their continuous shootins speed, but they don't tell you that the continuous speed applies only in single-focus mode. On the 7D, I was most surprised that its AF system and shutter work together so incredibly well to deliver fast performance and superior accuracy. Nothing else (in non-pro cameras) comes close. However, the camera does have flaws. Thankfully they're mostly non-hardware-related so nothing failed and those that aren't up to expectation aren't huge problems. First, the RAW/JPEG button should be customizable to another setting, since its original function is just too useless in my world. If I can use it to switch BETWEEN RAW and JPEG rather than selecting one format or both format combined, that would make operation a whole lot smoother (coming to think of it, it would be nice if the "Q" buttn can be modified also). Also, the DOF preview button, although can be customized to activate a certain preset AF setting, must be held down in order to have such function enabled. This is again annoying because of my use with longer lenses (70-200 2.8) where I have to constantly adjust the lens, leaving the DOF button uncovered and therefore loosing my preset AF function. The camera's meter is inaccurate in my experience under some circumstances, especially when used in green-coloured settings (nature). It usually renders green as "dark" rather than a specific colour tone, and therefore ends up over exposing the image with mostly green elements. It is also extremely sensitive to white, usually rendering white as 2-4 stops brighter than other colours in a same-lit environment. Lastly, with a metering system filled with lots of "zones," I was disappointed that AF-spot linked metering is not available. On the plus side, when used in Area-AF mode, the camera does take into account of which area you are using to focus. After extensively using this camera in all photographic fields (type and location), I conclude that this is a superior camera with very good speed even in AI-Servo, but is flawed with mostly firmware-based shortcomings. Hear me Canon, if you can fix those minor firmware irks of mine I (and many others, I'm sure) will be extremely thankful.


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best camera ever ...

By 7d from Undisclosed on 11/02/2013


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

best camera ever produced. I enjoyed taking pictures on my recent purchase. am in love with it.


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Best Build and Ever Green

By Abbi from Undisclosed on 10/28/2013


Pros:

Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am in Love with recent purchase. Its a great camera and I was comparing between 7D (APS-C) and 6D (FF) and found 7d much better, fast, durable, 100% view finder that hard to find in 6d Full Frame. Though price difference was hardly $200+ and I could have spent extra on it, but features of 7d saved my some extra spending too. Thank you for great camera.


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Great Working Tool

By Mark from Los Angeles, CA. on 10/27/2013


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera enabled me to gain access to an even better camera; the EOS 1DX.


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Super EOS 7D

By Taz from Norfolk, VA on 10/25/2013


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I just bought EOS 7D. Though Canon has released its new EOS 70D. Personally, I am not fan of touch screen or Swivel screen. 7D is durable, fast, and handy grip. So far, results are great, I decided to buy EF 17-55 F/2.8 IS lens instead of its original kit lens, and I am happy about it. Its a worth purchase and fun to play with it.


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20D image quality was better

By Shooting sports from Hebron, CT on 10/19/2013


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Image Quality Terrible, Poor Image Quality, Action Image No Good

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have owned a Canon EOS 650, a EOS 20D, and now a EOS 7D. I was very satisfied with the first two Canons, but I am not very happy with the picture quality of the 7D. I rarely get a good quality action picture of my son playing soccer. I have the 100 - 400mm L lens and have also tried to get a better quality picture with my 75 - 300mm lens. The quality just is not there. I believe my 20D shoots a higher quality, as in in focus, sharper picture then my EOS 7D. I often wonder if this camera was dropped or something during shipping. Something just doesn't seem right for the money I spent on the camera.


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one of the greatest camera in canons line up

By Marion from Dallas, TX on 10/02/2013


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

i use this camera for portrait and landscape and its been delighting me always... its worth the upgrade.


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Great Upgrade

By Architect from Williamsport, PA on 09/06/2013


Pros:

Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this camera about a year ago now. My wife has used it most of this time. I did take a trip with her to do Whale watching recently and i used the camera. WOW was I please with the high percentage of perfect photos including focus and exposure. I used a 100-400 Canon lens and all worked great together. A moving boat, jumping whales and nothing steady or predictable. This camera and lens combination was fabulous. I would recommend this camera to anyone serious about great shots on a small budget and can't get say the 1D X. I really have no gripes as I am realistic to know nothing works perfectly in all conditions. This camera is a real pleasure.


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Great camera

By fotobo from Orlando on 08/25/2013


Pros:

Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Best purchase ever. The most balanced camera. Does everthing well.


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Amazing camera

By Cuda719 from Plainfield, IL on 07/28/2013


Pros:

Fast Auto-focus, Weather Sealing, Super-sharp Images, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had my 7D over 1 year now and plan on using it as my secondary camera when I purchase my 5Dm3 next month. I love this 7D and wouldn't sell or trade it never. This camera has a good AF and the body itself has nice weather sealing. I just recently got some very good shots of the Gettysburg battlefield reenactment using a 70-200 f4L lens that has IS. Using the 7D's high shutter speed at 8fps hand held made for great action shots. Also very handy for all the activities of the grand kids. Just make sure to use a quality lens for great results.


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EOS 7D Review

By Nani from Chennai on 07/19/2013


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use

Cons:

Shaky Operation, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

An Awesome Piece Of Work From Canon.Its Works Easily With Both Beginner And Professionals.Good Job Canon :) Work On (Y)


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Precious Jewel

By Picman from Tucson, Az on 07/05/2013


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Biggest Problem Is Downloading Updates To It.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My best camera so far. It's a computer with a lens.


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Best Portrait Camera

By hawaiianmom1 from USA on 06/17/2013


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Reliable and renders high resolution quality portraits. Easy to transport, uses interchangable accessories. Perfect for Portrait sessions on the go.


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Best Canon APS-C so far

By Lurcus from New York, NY on 05/22/2013


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good For Videos

Cons:

Expensive, Needs An Update

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera definitely needs some updates (I heard a Mark II is on the way) like a vari angle LCD for video, a new sensor to improve HI ISO performances and so, but it's still the best EOS APS-C camera., for stills and video too. Actually, it's still the only "professional" EOS APS-C camera on the market. If you don't need its professional features, like the professional grade build quality, the great ergonomy, the 8 fps or the very good AF, a much cheaper model like the 3Ti will do just fine.


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Why it is so great

By Ken from Houston, TX on 05/11/2013


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use

Cons:

No Full Frame

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pro: This is a great semi-pro level camera before you step up to the Mark series. It is for those who feel that they need more control. I can only tell you that it was worth the buy and I think who ever gets their hands on this or the next model of this camera will enjoy the returns of quality. Con: The only con for me is that it is not full frame. My last camera was full frame, so me it is taking me some time to adjust from the view point.


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Upgrade from XSI

By Bug from Virginia on 05/08/2013


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Quiet

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After much deliberation, I purchased this model as an upgrade from my XSI. The pic quality is excellent and I'm glad I went with this model. It is heavier than my previous camera, but I feel that makes it more durable and solid. The controls are different and it has taken some time to get adjusted, but it's not hard to learn the new placements. No problems with battery life or other operations so far. The only con so far is that it's heavy, but that is the difference between consumer brand and a more professional brand.


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Excellent

By Canon7DMK from Lancaster, California on 04/30/2013


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love my Canon 7D and i think it is the bomb. I love all it can do and everything it is capable of doing it is just amazing. I love the canon products very much there build quality. The Canon 7D being completely sealed for environmental purposes is an excellent thought on Canons part. Canon the reputation and quality of there work is why I will always be a Canon Man and never buy anything else buy Canon. The 7D is definitely a clear winner in my eyes that Canon produced. When I first held my Canon 7D I knew right away it was a quality piece of electronics just the feel and the weight spoke for itself. I have held plenty of other camera and they feel like toys in my hands very light and plastic feeling almost like a toy camera. As I tell everyone I know as far as I am concerned their is only one camera maker on the market and that is !!!!!!! CANON !!!!!!! .


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Pretty good.

By Darrel from Honolulu, HI on 04/14/2013


Pros:

Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Poor Image Quality, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought my 7D 2 years ago, and have been satisfied with my purchase. It is a super fast, reliable and solid camera. The autofocus is accurate and the speed is such that it easy to 'get the shot'. Good battery life if all you are doing is walk around photography. The camera is also super durable. My biggest complaint is that the 7D's pictures are all somewhat 'soft'. I have heard this is attributed to a particularly strong AA filter. I am always cranking up the sharpness on DPP or lightroom. Also, I wouldn't think of using less than the top of the line lenses for the 7D, I'm currently using the 15-85mm and 24-105mm primarily on this camera. I have used a couple lower quality lenses and was thoroughly disappointed with the results. Other than that, this camera is heavy, but that is also what gives it its durability.


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upgrade from 60D

By Anonymous from long island and Sarasota on 04/12/2013


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great camera for wildlife but I upgraded from the 60D for better college soccer coverage. noticeably better with more than double the focus points and faster burst rate.


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Best Camera Purchase

By SwissSimon from Switzerland on 04/10/2013


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned this model for two years now and a few days ago it cam e back from a warranty repair (top dial was snagging the power switch and the JPEG/RAW button jammed). Well it was awesome before but now, even more awesome. Things were definately different in many ways with a noticeable improvement in picture quality. Why? Well, on further inspection it seems during the repair they updated it to the new firmware 2.0.4 which is a major upgrade with many additional features. Recommendation: Check and update your Firmware if needed. Criticism: I dont know how long this Firmware upgrade has been available but stumbled upon it by chance on Google. Canon could have publicised it or even emailed registered 7D owners (I am).


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Great Camera Body

By JJ from Houston, Texas on 03/21/2013


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This was my second purchase of a Canon 7D body. while I was impressed with the first one, this one presents a much clearer picture when cropped and magnified. It is great for photographing birds in flight. I would not hesitate to suggest this body to anyone. My lens are all 'L' lens so that helps. I thought the first one was great but for some reason this puts it to shame. I now carry three cameras with me and have different lens on each plus a 2X in my bag. My original 7D had been dropped a few times and it never affected it's ability to bring excellent photographs.


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Great Camera

By Litespeed from San Diego, CA on 03/08/2013


Pros:

Buttons Are Conveniently Located, Superior Build Quality, Nice Clear Lcd Screen, Super-sharp Images, Great In Low Light, Fast Auto-focus, New Q And Info Buttons Are Helpful

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded from a Canon T1i to the Canon 7d. I had looked at several different DSLR's before settling on this one. Glad I did because it takes all the lens I used on my T1i. I was looking for a camera that would perform well in low light at a high ISO with little noise. This one fits the bill. The learning curve was about a week, but after watching the video's and practicing, I'm very comfortable with the camera and how it operates. The buttons on the camera are placed in good positions so you don't have to take yours eyes off of your subject, but can changes things (ISO, TV, AV etc.) on the fly. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, Canon makes great products!


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Fantastic Camera

By BigB1095 from Undisclosed on 02/15/2013


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Solid Operation

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I originally bought this camera for stills, but I eventually moved into film and now I use this camera 90% for filming. This camera has never failed me, battery life is great when taking photos. Only complaints I have would be that noise past 3200 makes the image unusable.


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EOS 7D

By barbbe4024 from Smiths Station, AL on 02/05/2013


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Heavy/bulky, Difficult To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love this camera. I had the XSI and upgraded to the 7D while I was still taking photography classes. Superior quality built and excellent image quality. The LCD is bright and the features are great with very simple control menu. Very quiet when you take a pic will not scare off whatever it is your taking pictures of in nature. Starts very fast, solid operation and kind of easy to use. You do have to know how to use this camera, classes help. Not lightweight so be prepared. With different lens weight is heavier still. Battery is great, only charge when I remember may go months.


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excellant camera

By Highdesertjim from Southern California on 01/26/2013


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Had this camera for over two years. It goes everywhere with me. It has worked at Sub Zero temps hanging from my neck while I hike in mountain snow. It has worked at desert temperatures in the Summer. It never misses a shot. Once I learned how to use the focus sensor for best use, I rarely have a bad shot, and the bad ones are user failures. Me experimenting with the settings usually. I need more lenses to make this great camera more capable. There is nothing I would change. Unless of course if it could weigh less.


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What an Upgrade

By Architect from The Terraces at Williamsport, PA on 01/17/2013


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Not A Full Size Sensor

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this as a replacement for our old 10D. What a major jump in quality. I got the upgraded 7D and could not be happier. I like the pop-up flash being higher so there is no lens shadow when I use it with my 24-105L lens. The quickness of focus blows me away as well. The controls are well laid out and easy to use. For those who complain no camera is perfect but this is a great step up for me. I was going to go with the 6D as a full size sensor would be nice but no built in flash. Come on Canon would it hurt? I do work professionally associated with being an Architect and this camera is great.


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Great Camera

By Big Rez from Hampton,VA on 01/02/2013


Pros:

Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great body packed with power/features and two digi4 processors. With the new firmware I don't have to upgrade anytime soon.


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Camera ahead of Me..

By rhc7 from Flint Hills of Kansas on 12/30/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu, Difficult To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I shoot landscapes to HS sports for local paper. Used 40d for 2 years and yet felt I need more fps and better low light capabilities. Initially, I found that my camera skills lacking in using 7d.. I had to hands on work each picture, organize my thought process to speed up to Camera level...I don't look at LCD when I am taking sports pictures, as it waste battery AND I have missed great shots because i was reviewing my earlier shots. Set and use custom C1-C3 are just great. Use Prime lenses about half time for sport events, and 7d really shines with them, 50,85 and 135 really use 8fps and yet below 1600 ISO..I don't own Flash unit and haven't really needed one so far, even for HS BB. Use only Sandisk Extreme cards, fast enough to catch 8fps and quick downloads. I had to mentally work on learning to easily, 1. change focus point settins, understand subject tracking capabilites and limits. Owner must take time to learn the capabilities of this camera, otherwise go buy a P/S.. Only use Canon lenses. others may say they get good results with 3rd party and they may, but Canon lense were built only to be used on Canon cameras...Surprisingly some of my best sports, landscapes, etc pics are using 50 f1.4 on the 7d,, and can get good results in almost No light situation.. If you own 7d, try in sports using AUTO ISO...It lets the camera use my settings and then set the needed ISO... for me, getting the picture is better than no picture....


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AMAZING TECHNOLOGY

By ebadian000 from Seattle, WA on 12/19/2012


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had this camera for years and it has never failed me. It has reach beyond my expectation in capturing the best photos. Thank you canon family for the amazing techonolgy you have shared.


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#1 Sidekick

By ShutterBug from Boston, MA on 11/20/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Heavy/bulky, Flip Lcd Screens Always Make Everything Easier

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I began school in Boston for photography and at the time the 7D was the 'new guy on the block' - a step down from th 5D Mark II everyone was raving about without the price so decided to give it a try. Instantly I became inseperable from it. Amazing handheld capabilities, intense sharp quality even with a mediocre lens. I captured crystal clear photos of the Blue Angels performing while on a boat while simply point and clicking - no tripod or anything. Tons of options but very simple (once you get the hand of it). Unfortunately I had to sell it and I have been yearning for it back ever since. I'm not sure what other Canon cameras can camera but I am definitely sold every time on this fellah.


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7D: Astonishing performer!

By Flying Scotsman from Lake Norman, NC on 11/03/2012


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Upgrading from a 50D, I immediately found the incredible 7D to be a FAR more sophisticated, technologically advanced "animal". Must say, it's not something I'd suggest to even an "advanced amateur" to consider unless that next level of dedication to "photography / creating images" is within reach - as this digital camera body is a jump beyond someone used to simply "taking pictures". It's a bit of a heavyish chunk to hold and use but the professional-quality of construction and weather-proofing is worth it. Quite a learning curve to fine-tune the image quality settings - really experiencing what the 7D is capable of! - and the images are jaw-dropping! Needs a sturdy tripod and "fed" Canon 'L' lenses and you'll receive the image quality you desire. A side-by-side shoot-out with the fine 50D and the 7D dramatically exceeded my wildest expectations!


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Great Camera

By NewfyDad from Mt. Vernon, Maine on 10/31/2012


Pros:

Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I researched this camera for about 4 months before finally purchasing it. I was at first getting it for photographing high school hockey games as a friend had one and was having excellent luck with it. I also purchased the EF 70-200 2.8f IS USM lens at the same time. and have found it also useful for night and day high school football games as well as dog shows and especially drag races. I'm not a professional , but have been using 35mm since mid 70's and have had the 7d for over 2 years now and have taken over 30,000 pics with it. I'm still learning how to use it and still have a lot to learn, but its a great camera to learn on. I've since purchased a 2X wxtender for it and that works very well for outdoor activities during daylight hours. I did have to send it off for repair once because a pin got bent some how where the SD card goes in. I wish you could look through view finder when videoing I find it hard to follow action while trying to look at the monitor. Other than that its a great camera...couldn't imagine why any one would want more. Its a bit heavy when loaded with lens, but most cameras are.


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Canon 7D - ERR20 problem

By Mohandass from chennai on 10/26/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Poor Build Quality, Slow Start-up Time, Shaky Operation

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

The camera features are good and worked fine but failed on a lifetime trip to the himalayas where I carried about 12kgs of deadweight with lenses. ERR20 which seems to be a mechanical defect with the shutter assembly quality. After browsing the net i found there are a lot of photographers complaining on this issue. But i am worried if canon would look into this issue at all.


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What a nice camera

By Alamo from San Antonio TX on 10/26/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Quiet

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Up graded from xsi, took some getting used to the menu, and controls in different locations but after taking couple of weeks shooting with the camera and getting the settings to my liking ,I am really enjoying the outcome of my photos. I don't like to use a lot of post processing so I rely on the camera to take quality images. I'm impressed with low light images and my night time city scapes are vastly improved due to the cameras ability to handle dark scenes with low noise. I have seen other reviews that say low light performance is not good but I think it may be a setting problem, once I got this camera dialed in and understood its metering system ( much reading) I get very quality images. Very happy with purchase and camera performance.


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Worth It!

By Matt from New York, NY on 10/13/2012


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Pop Up Flash, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation

Cons:

Dim Lcd, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have recently bought this camera as an addition to my 5D Mark III. I love it! Even though it is not full frame, it still gives tack sharp images and professional quality photos. I use the 7D for mostly wildlife photography because it has a high FPS of 8 pictures per second. I also bought this camera because it is reasonably priced. It wasn't too expensive yet it still was up to my par. If you are a wild life photographer then you definitely want this camera because it is extremely weather sealed. I strongly recommend this camera for people who don't want to spend a "full frame price" but still want to get close to "full frame images".


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EOS 7D = Great Value

By goway from Suburban Chicago on 10/12/2012


Pros:

Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been impressed with the EOS-7D since buying it, but it wasn't until I started attending a photographer's class (adult ed) that I realized just how much camera my money had bought me. Canon has provided tremendous value in this extraordinary camera.


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Cheap external flash hotshoe

By M.D. from Maryland on 10/11/2012


Cons:

Poor Build Quality, Faulty Hotshoe

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

After saving up for more than 2 years to buy this camera and several L lenses, I am very disappointed with the external flash hotshoe. I have a Canon Speedlite 480 II. The hotshoe on the camera is cheap and stiff and I have to fiddle with the flash each time I attach it as the camera does not recognize it is attached. I've had the camera since June 2012 and have had this problem right from the start. I am always fearing it is going to fail. I have a birding trip planned to Central America and I'm dreading it now as I fear the flash will fail altogether.


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Noisy

By Redman from Kyle, Tx on 10/07/2012


Pros:

Quiet, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I've used the 7D for almost two years now. I love the feel of the body and the features it provides. I used a 1D MkIII before it and found the focus speed at least comparable if not better. For outdoor, bright light situations, I've found the performance to be superb. However, lower light situations are another story. I quickly noticed the higher ISO (800+) resulted in noise levels that were totally unacceptable. Even the lower ISO levels require noise removal which impacts the sharpness of the images. At indoor events, I now only use my wife's 5D MkII after too many disappointing sessions with my 7D. If your primary needs are for bright light outdoor shots, you will love this camera. If you need to be able to shoot indoors at low light and want anything better than snapshot quality images, I would suggest you move up to the 5D Mk II or III.


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Really good system

By robotman from York PA on 09/27/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I decided to get the 7D rather than the 60D after handling both cameras. The 7D seemed to focus faster than the 60D and it is big in your hand. I wear size 10-11 gloves and the fit was so much better than the smaller cameras that I was swayed by that feature alone. In use, the tilt screen would have been nice but other than that I am very happy with the adjustability of the camera out in the field. I shoot a lot of aperature priority and having the wheel right by my index finger to control the aperature is perfect. I somtimes use the CA and P modes and still manually run the f/stop to where the lens works best. The multiple focus selections are great too. I updated the firmware to ver 2.0 and now have the af/servo mode to play with. I only have a EF-S 17-85 f/4-5.6 zoom right now but have had results beyond my expectations. It is not just the camera you get when you buy a Canon, it is the lens correction software and the HUGE selection of excellent lenes to choose from. I am saving up for a 100mm f/2.8 L IS macro lens so I can get even sharper images. I have been shooting in raw and letting DPP fix the lens errors and have great results. I am going work harder to control my exposure and learn how to get the right white balance for the conditions. The AWB does get used but I have been playing with all the modes more lately and getting some fun results. In short, this is a very capable camera for someone who wants to dig deep into image crafting. Full frame has advantages but these crop cameras are far from obsolete!


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One of my best purchases

By Bill from Gardiner ny on 09/26/2012


Pros:

Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Function Setting Easily Moved

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great camera, looking forward to the replacement! Even with firmware update which is great the 7D is becoming somewhat dated. This will be my backup when the replacement becomes available.


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I have been using a Rebel ...

By Anonymous from Rio Rancho, NM on 09/25/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Quiet

Cons:

Difficult To Use, Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using a Rebel XSi for almost fiver years and point-and-shoot cameras before that so this 7D was a big upgrade that is a little hard to get used to. The rebel was to begin with and learn the ins and outs of digital photography but eventually I grew out of it and decided to get a new and more advanced camera. I had been interested in this one ever since it came out and when I had earned enough money to get it, I wasted almost no time. The EF-S 18-135 mm IS UD lens is a great compliment to this camera and would recommend it that people get it as well when they buy this one. Only had it for a few days, and haven't been able to really put it through the ringer yet but I have known a few people who own this camera so I know it is a solidly build camera and that I'll be satisfied for a long time.


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a very good camera

By xzoup from Little Rock, AR on 09/23/2012


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Fast Auto-focus

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had my 7D over 2 years now and plan on using it as my secondary canera when I purchase my 5Dm3 next week. I love this 7D and wouldn't sell or trade it never. This camera has a good AF and the body itself has an IS in it. I just recently got some very good shots of the blue angels in flight using a 70-200 f4L lens that didn't have an IS. of course using the 7D's high shutter speed at 8fps hand held. The 5Dm3 has modeled some of it's improvements off of the 7D features. If you don't want to spend a whole lot money on a camera right now get you a Canon 7D you won't be sorry.


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Great Step Up

By dmac from Pittsburgh on 09/21/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Bought this camera as an upgrade to my 30D. Great choice better features larger sensor, sensor cleaning. The 30D is a good second camera but the 7D is now my workhorse for portraits, weddings, hockey and soccer. Great product at a very reasonable choice.


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Best Camera I have owned!

By captdave from Rocky Hill, Conn. on 09/18/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quiet

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera does it all. The image quality is outstanding.I took the time to read the manual and watch the tutorials from Canon on line. With this knowledge photography has become fun. I have owned other Canon cameras and they all served me well. Kudos Canon.


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If you don't want to go full frame

By rew7602 from concord NH on 09/06/2012


Pros:

Easy To Use, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The first thing that needs to be said is that I love my Canon 7D DSLR. I purchased this camera to replace the T1i which I had been using for a couple of years now. I am definitely an amateur photographer and do not claim to be any type of authority on cameras or gear, I just know what I like. First, the body of the camera feels quite substantial in comparison to my old T1i. I use an 18-250mm lens on the 7D which covers almost all of the situations I have encountered. Also the body is weather sealed which means I don't have to be afraid to use the camera in a light rain. All of the buttons are very thoughtfully placed on the body and after a couple days of use it was like second nature. Also, I love the fast shutter speed when shooting in manual modes as well as the 3 user defined settings. I have only set one up so far but as I find myself using different settings I can see where 3 programs would be quite useful. This may not be the camera for you if you are looking for a camera with lots of automatic settings. One of the reason I wanted this was that there was not 7 different auto functions so it is really forcing me to be more thoughtful about my shooting and what the light is doing around me. I feel that the 7D has helped to make me a better photographer. The one real downside to the camera is that it is not small or light, but if that is what you are looking for then you are probably not shopping for a 7D


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What an upgrade

By Dave734 from Northville, Michigan on 08/30/2012


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Noisy, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am not a profesional photograph and have been using a Rebel XTi with great results. Looking to upgrade after researching what I wanted in a new body as I am very happy with my Canon 18-200mm lens I settled on the 7D. What an upgrade it was and verly little learning curve to delve into the many new features that has sparked my desire for better photographs. The increase in "brackting" , video ability, so much more control over my pictures was visible on my first run with the 7D and the controls are easy to see and operate. Well done Canon on the 7D. In the "cons" I have listed "Heavey/Bulky" but only compaired to my XTi and after a few days it is comfortable and easy to manuver.


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Great DSLR

By dartero from Philippines on 08/28/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Quiet

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is super-fast and produces great images! Paired with a L-lens, the 7D turns your pictures into a pro! I highly recommend the 7D to anyone wanting to upgrade from entry-level DSLRs. Great job, Canon!


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THe Best

By Danno from Gotham City on 08/24/2012


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This 7D is by and far the best purchase I have ever made. The speed, the quality, the options, the ___________ (fill in the blank). Its an investment that will last for years to come.


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Excellent camera. super ...

By anup from Artesia, CA on 08/21/2012


Pros:

Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent camera. super fast. Highly recommended for sports. just need a good lens to start up with and you're a Pro .


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Great Camera

By Sunny from Riverside, Ca. on 08/14/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Canon 7D has lived up to my expectations plus. The Camera offers so many High end freatures that I will be able to use in in every photo oppurtunity. I enjoy air shows and with the 8 frames pr. second it will be the key for the pictures I need. Thank you Canon for such a GREAT camera.


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Great Image Quality

By Rick from Hollywood, FL on 08/08/2012


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Upgraded from Rebel XTi about 18 months ago and I'm just in love with the camera. Great image quality, fast 8 fps and loaded with features. I shoot real estate interiors with canon speedlites and love the 7D's built in wireless flash control. I use it to control multiple flashes without the necessity of having to have a master on the camera or using a ST-E2. Even the 5D III doesn't have this feature. Another feature I get a lot of use out of is the built in level. A great help in keeping my photos straight. The high ISO makes taking photos in low light conditions easy. I highly recommend this camera.


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Great Performer and loads of fun

By ManWithTheCamera from Undisclosed on 08/07/2012


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Quiet, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Solid Operation

Cons:

Noisy, Limited Video Recording Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been using 7D now for almost a year and I am really happy with it. Considering the price you sure do get a great value. It's professional feel and attention to detail sure makes it fit your hand like a glove. It's fast, it's reliable, it's got plenty of features for semi-pros. Of course there are some downsides. I have found noise levels on this camera rather high compared to 5D II and I've used variety of lenses on it with the same result. Having said that it's still good quality just not superb. It simply seems that cropped sensor doesn't get quite that detail and smoothness of the full size sensor. Real shame but I guess that's why you pay heaps less. So let's say it's an audi engine inside a ferrari so not quite superb but decent and will get you a good result. Other big problem is 12 minute limit on video recording. I was hoping this will be fixed with 2.0 firmware update but doesn't look like the case. Apart from that it's a great piece of gear that gives you full flexibility and wont let you down. I still strongly recommend it and hopefully they will keep this model current with future firmware updates.


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junk

By emmagirl from Custer,SD on 08/01/2012


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use

Cons:

Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Both my daughter and myself use the 7D her for weddings myself for wildlife photography. We are experiencing poor images quality. Love the Canon products but the 7D is nothing but JUNK ready to throw it in the trash.


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OOF

By Biggina1970 from Undisclosed on 07/30/2012


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Poor Image Quality, Shaky Operation

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I will never have a canon again all the time OOF the 7D was my dream camera now it just a bit of junk


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Perfect for sports shooting

By Rick from Curitiba, PR, Brazil on 07/26/2012


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Quiet

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Canon 7D is fast and furious, perfect for the sports shooting. This is a real deal, i recommend it.


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Fabulous pro performer

By Greengecko from Ashburn, VA on 07/20/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Poor Battery Grip Design

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded to the 7D after using the 60D heavily for one year. I love everything about the 7D, there are many added features over the 60D. The only thing I miss about the 60D is the articulated screen. The first thing you notice is the sound of the shutter is much more substantial, just sounds more professional. The button customization ability is much greater. You can change many settings quickly and easily. The autofocus speed and servo tracking are so much better. The only physical feature of the camera that I don't like is the multi-controller (joystick) that I frequently push by mistake in when trying to push up/down, etc. Overall, though, the camera feels very solid and reliable, and is a pleasure to use. Since there's no other place to comment on the BG-E7 grip, I'm going to do it here. I don't understand why Canon opted for a back-loading battery tray design, which forces the front of the grip to be very large and blocky, uncomfortable to hold. The grip for the 60D has a side-loading battery tray, which allows for a more tapered design where the fingers hold the grip, and is much more comfortable. Judging from photos, the grips for the 5D II and 5D III are also side-loading and look much more comfortable. These others also have a sliding power button that can be accessed with one hand. The BG-E7 for the 7D requires two hands.


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A simply great weapon

By Chris from Jakarta, Indonesia on 07/18/2012


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been using other Canon DSLR cameras like the EOS 30D, 60D, 550D, and 600D. They say it's better to invest in your glass than your camera body; but I did not regret getting the 7D at all -- it's totally awesome. I especially love the AF system, it's just brilliant. The ISO performance is also not bad at all, if compared to other crop-sensor cameras. Although I use the camera for mostly events involving my friends and family, I go into sports sometimes and the 7D has helped me a lot; its 8 fps burst rate is just great. The only drawback to the camera is that it's got no audio control which can be found in both the 60D and 600D. That's the only reason why I can't wait for the new firmware which will be released soon which will, if it's really as good as they say it will be, make this camera a perfect weapon.


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Excellent Upgrade from Entry Level

By macpro88 from Michigan on 07/03/2012


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Upgraded from a T1i to this bad boy of a camera. I was not ready to go full frame because I simply could not justify the cost. About me: Amateur, still learning a lot, photographer. Shooting mostly nature; landscapes, flowers, animals, birds (not dedicated though) etc... This camera gets the job done. The high speed 8fps is very nice when shooting birds and other fast moving subjects and the AF system is 9 out of 10 spot on. The AF system is also very fast compared to entry level DSLRs. The CF card system is a double edge sword, cards are expensive, but for good reason, these cards are super fast and the camera does a superb job at writing to the card very fast and clearing out the buffer for the next shot. On the largest RAW setting, burst up to 15 images, when on large JPEG or smaller, its almost never ending continuous! Great job there Canon. Crop factor vs full frame: Having the crop factor is a nice bonus actually, I get a little more reach in my focal lengths than an FF body will and for what I shoot is a nice use of the crop sensor. Make sure you evaluate what you are going to be photographing before you dump money on a FF body you will probably never really get use of anyways (IMHO, FF is good for doing close up photography, like street, indoor, places where you simply need to get as wide as possible [the EF-S 10-22mm seems to do a decent job at fitting that need though on crop sensors]). Overall, this 7D body is a great alternative to spending money on an FF body if not needed. Menus are pretty easy to navigate, about as good as it gets on a camera. Having custom function presets is nice, set one up for certain situations a just turn the dial and shoot, no need to reset up your settings. Body feels really solid, heavy construction and slightly larger size compared to entry levels feels good when holding. Couple this with a few "L" series lens and you got a great setup, Love the 24-105 f/4L with this body, great combo. I'm sure I could go on, but these are my highlights. If you are looking to upgrade from Rebel/T series, I would go with this, unless you wanna do a good balance of video as well, the 60D series is nice with the flip out screen, but if no video, get this bad boy!


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Great Camera

By tropicdiver from Cape Coral, FL on 06/24/2012


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love my 7D. I really enjoy the fps rate, when shooting air shows, birds and motorcycles racing. I take lots of landscape photos, too, and am very pleased with the end results. I find the 18MP to be perfect for my use. I have managed to have 2 separate falls (breaking three bones on the second fall) while hiking with the camera and the camera does not skip a beat. It is bullet proof, as far as I am concerned. The auto focus, for the most part is darn good. I have many more keepers with this body than I did with my previous 20D, 40D or 50D. I cannot recommend the 7D, enough. I have never felt so good about one of my cameras in the past, as I do the 7D. Rumour has it there is a firmware update coming down the pike and if it has what I have read about, it is just going to make a great camera even better.


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Could be better

By EAmiche from NY on 06/18/2012


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Very powerfull camera, but it is sad that canon did not update the firmware to have more options like the Auto ISO limitation that exist on the 60D or the quiet shooting that is possible only by liveview...


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Excellent Underwater

By jfischerphotog from Sacramento, CA on 06/14/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Fast Focus Lock-up, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

No Continuous Video Focus

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Outstanding for use underwater. Easy access to the primary features you need to use over and over. Fast focus locking and ability to track moving objects. This really helps when you're moving in the water and tracking fast-moving fish. A slow camera fails to deliver in this category. The 7D does not disappoint at all.


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needs AGC cut off

By awphoto from loa Angeles on 06/13/2012


Pros:

Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Acg Cut Off, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, No Acg

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Hi im a cinematographer in Los Angeles and I love this camera it works for me. But I hope canon releases the new firm wear we all saw on the Web site for one day!!!!! Then took it Down . Oh pleas canon we loveyou. Pleas give it to us we want the ACG cut of Thank you ...happy till this point.


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Easy to fix just do it!!!

By AGC Hater from Los Angeles, CA on 06/11/2012


Cons:

No Manual Audio Controls, All The Cheaper Cameras Have Audio Control

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

PLEASE CANON.... PLEASE... JUST WRITE THE CODE AND GIVE US AUDIO CONTROL! HOW HARD CAN IT BE? YOU HAVE IT ON ALL YOUR OTHER CAMERAS! PEOPLE PLEASE HELP ME AND BEG THEM FOR THIS! I AM ON MY KNEES RIGHT NOW TYPING THIS PRAYING TO THE CANON GODS TO PLEASE GIVE US A FIRMWARE UPDATE WITH THE AUDIO FIX! PLEASE CANON IM BEGGING YOU! PLEASE JUST FIX THE AUDIO ISSUE AND I WILL DO WHATEVER YOU WANT! PLEASE CANON PLEASE CANON PLEASE CANON GIVE US A AUDIO FIX SO THE 7D CAN BE THE PERFECT WEAPON! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!


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Tricky at First.

By FineArt from Hopkinsville Ky on 06/04/2012


Pros:

Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Not For Non-professionals, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Superb camera. I use it primarily for shooting fine art photography and it is simply amazing. Amazing that is when shooting in full manual mode and paying attention to the focus points. Outside of full manual its pretty good for a non professional. To get the best out this camera you have to understand and use the full range of manual features. All in all it serves my needs perfectly. Would highly recomend it.


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Cajuns 7D

By Cajun from Trenton, Georgia on 06/02/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Neck Strap Is A Little On The Short Side For Me

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Hello I'am Cajun, I have nothing but good to say about my New Canon EOS 7D. I shoot everyday and have not had any problems with my camera. In just over two months I have shot 12,000 plus images and remain error/problem free. I shoot mostly Manual Mode and love it. I had a slight Flash issue where a shadow was being cast by my Lens Hood but have corrected that by using a flash modifier to fill the shadow. If you decide on the 7D then be sure to read the owners manual page by page with you camera in hand to learn about all the cool features. Have fun and good luck shooting. Cajun


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Ilia_Excelelnt

By Ilia from Manhasset on 05/30/2012


Pros:

Very Nice

Cons:

Very Bad

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is an excellent product that I have come across and I wish to recommend this to everyone looking for a camera.


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Best crop frame camera available!

By Duluthian from Duluth, MN on 05/27/2012


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used many DSLR cameras from several makers and the Canon 7D is by far the best I have ever used. Great exposures and color renditions. Well built, fast and quiet. The 18mp sensor is great and noise is well controlled but do your self a favor and put good glass in front of it. It may not be the most current camera on the market, but it is the best!


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Great upgrade

By Sensei1 from Gardena, CA on 05/26/2012


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have own Canon cameras for almost 50 years and have always enjoyed the sturdy metal body cameras. While I have own a few of the Digital Rebels with plastic body, I must say that the 7D is a welcome upgrade. While 7D is a heavier camera, especially when my 18-200 zoom is mated with the 7D, than the Digital Rebels, I get accustomed to extra weight. I love the features of the camera, the 3" viewfinder with the near 100% and the cross type 19 point auto focus system. I am sure that others who own this camera may be less enthused over this camera, but, without going into more details, suffice to say, I love this camera as much as I did my old Canon F1.


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Amazing Image Quality!

By DGPhotography from Portland, OR on 05/17/2012


Pros:

Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Only 3 Aeb Exposures, Missing Features/settings, No Hdr Mode

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

When I first heard about the 7D with it's fast 8 fps, I was sold. However, I was concerned about image quality since it's an APS-C and not full frame. I was relieved to see that the IQ is excellent with great contrast, color, and no noise. Focusing was fast and accurate. I am mostly a landscape and cityscape shooter. My 7D is always on a tripod when I shoot. And I use a remote shutter release. Every shot turns out sharp. Of course, I shoot at ISO 100 since I am on a tripod. Therefore, noise is not an issue, even long exposure shots. And when I need to shoot wildlife and birds on rare occasions, the 7D focused fast and accurately. The only issue I have is that I shoot multiple exposures for HDR. And I think Canon should update its firmware to allow for more than 3 AEB exposures without me having to touch the camera to dial for other set of exposures. And HDR mode would be nice, too. Other than that, it's an excellent camera with excellent IQ and build.


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Focus, Soft Focus and OOF and exposure

By TVSTAFF from New York, NY on 05/14/2012


Cons:

Out Of Focus, Soft Focus, Exposure

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

My 7D with the 17-55mm 2.8 has oof and soft focus issues I can't correct with MA. The same goes with the 50mm 1.8. Ever with single point of fofuc with mirror up on tripod with a lot of light from 2.8 to 10.0 and above I just can't get the 7D to be tack sharp. If you do get a good shot you have to post with so much sharpness that other aspects are thrown off. Using multi point focus there is so much front and back focus that MA is usless. The 7D is not for pro's as how could I get such a bad copy with bad glass too??? If you google "7D Defective Focus Issues" it's amazing how many people are YELLING! Canon... you can do better than this! Make us whole. Please tell us how to fix these defective 7D's


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Great for telephoto, sports, airshow, nature uses.

By BradEye from Boston, MA area on 05/09/2012


Pros:

Great For Action Sports Telephoto

Cons:

Could Use A Articulating View Screen Like The 60d

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned this camera for a year. It is outstanding for sports, airshows, nature due to its 1.6x crop sensor, numerous features and flexibility and very high-speed bust capabilities. It is also built like a tank as it is made out of metal rather than plastic. The downside is that it adds weight. A battery grip is mandatory as it is power-hungry. The battery grip improves also ergonomics, but increases weight. Like most crop sensors, it can be used for landscape and portrait work, but a full frame camera is better. Also, Canon has done much to reduce noise in low light/higher iso settings, but again, a full frame is better suited. I am pleased with my purchase and the camera serves me well, particularly with regard to the use of telephoto lenses for action and nature photography. While it shares many features with the 60D, it is a bit faster and more rugged.


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Oh so worth it!

By NaturalGurl from Warner Robins, GA on 05/04/2012


Pros:

Lots Of Focal Points, Feels Sturdy & Professional, Great Depth Of Field With Several Lenses

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My husband went from a IS3, to a 50D and now we've upgraded to a 7D! It took a while to make a decision on whether it would be the 5D or 7D and boy are we both pleased with our purchase! The ultimate decision was made because the 7D has so many focal points versus the 5D. This camera makes my pictures look professional quality and my husband, because he is a photographer, has taken his quality to a whole new high! It is so much easier to use in terms of getting quality, clear shots than the 50D was... Especially if you have not been using a DSLR for more than a few years and completely understand how they work.


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FANTASTIC Upgrade

By Zapper from Rohnert Parck, CA on 04/20/2012


Pros:

Full Hd, Fantastic Features, Ef And Ef-s Can Be Used With This Camera, 18 Mega Pixels, Well Made Magnesium Body

Cons:

Price But Other Than That Nothing That Comes Up

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned a Canon camera for years and purchased an original Digital Rebel when they first came out and was really happy with it, sadly enough, it was time for an upgrade. I was shopping around and my local camera store suggested that I look at a new Canon 7D. The moment I picked it up I was surprised on how comfortable the grip was, fit like a glove. The features were many, way more than what I was use to on my digital Rebel. I kept coming back to the 7D, first because I had all Canon lens' and did not feel like I wanted to start purchasing new lens' from a different brand (everything is Canon, camera, flash, EF and EF-s Lens, software, printer and paper), so it made my decision a little easier. The 7D is rock solid, has some really great features, that I am still learning about, all of my current lens' work on this system, LCD on top and on the back of the camera are well lit and well placed, the Canon Battery grip I added with the extra battery is like a never ending power supply, I have recharged maybe twice since I purchased this. The video is outstanding, shooting in full HD. 18 mega pixels and with the 19 point Auto focus system, it is a top notch camera. High speed shooting is fantastic, up to 8 frames per second, especially when taking shots of my son's baseball games. All in all, I could not have made a better choice (well if I had the cash, I would have thought about the 5D Mark III), still I love this camera and have used this camera more in a three month span than I did the Rebel the last 3 years. Family members want to use my camera every chance they can get and both my neice and my brother-in-law are seriously thinking about purchasing a 7D, I told them they should, they will never regret it.


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Too much work to get sharp images!

By photobuf25 from AZ on 04/02/2012


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I've had the 7D camera for 2 years now and have used it for many shooting situations and all conditions. I had thought all along that the images I produced were somewhat soft (as like that allergy med commercial says to get clear!) and there seemed to be less contrast than normal. While I have been able to correct some photo situations with post processing software, I have also lost many more shots I will never be able to use, fix or replace. I wish I had known early on that these issues where not the result of my own ability...but at times had thought it may be time or me to give up shooting because of these frustrations. I did a test while vacationing in June 2011 while photographing landscapes and wildlife. The camera was set on a tripod with timed release shutter where I did not touch the camera. I took 100's of photos...and on nearly all camera settings and under many conditions. When viewing these photos on my laptop I noticed the camera was one plane off focus on nearly every shot using a mutitude of lenses from kit thru "L". I then tried focusing on manual one plane closer to and then one farther away from my subject and to my supprise I found the camera focus was always a plane beyond my actual subject no matter the distance. It became really aparent the more distance between myself and my subject the more I noticed the focus was off. It was the same for manual and AF. I now shoot many more photos than normal and have practiced being on a mark slightly in front of my subject where only to my eye I know it is still slightly off and every once in a while I get a tick tack image. Most low-light photos produce too much grain to use, even shooting with a 2.8 "L" lens. While I have been a faithful Canon user and supporter since I began in 1993 I am now rethinking that Canon might not be my best options moving forward and after my tests and others tests. I hope Canon can come up with something to correct this focus situation on the 7D as it is a nice camera. It took them almost 3 years to correct a similar situation on their MkIII model and moving forward my next buy may be from a competitor if I'm to get the best results possible for image results. You have to start with good to get good! This time Canon you got my money! This only because it was too late to return the camera when I figured out this was not me! Knowing that is my only relief to date. Buyer beware!


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Tops for sports photography

By JohnB from Virginia on 03/31/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Nothing else comes close for capturing spots action. Rugged, fast, easy to use.


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Great Camera, worth the money

By kayak4ever from Worcester County, MA on 03/26/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, I'm Sure There Are More..., Excellent Lens Selection, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

None So Far

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is truly a great camera! I started off with a non Canon SLR in 1973. In 1982 bought my first Canon, the New F-1. Added the motor drive, which was a great add. In 2006 I bought a Canon Power Shot G7. I was not happy with this at all. It just does not compare to an SLR, so in Dec 2010 I bought the Canon EOS 7D DSLR. Unlike a friend of mine, I dont mind carrying it around! Going Digital has been great. I know many people will not switch from film. Using the 7D in auto mode is great. I find that after using my first 2 SLRs in manual very easy. I find that using manual mode on the 7D to be a bit of a learning curve, but Im sure Ill get there when I stop using the auto mode so much. I have purchased 3 L lenses, which are great. The 7D has a solid feel and is very comfortable to hold. I added the BG-E7 grip which really helps when taking portrait shots. Did I mention that the 7D takes great pictures? I have 2 young grandchildren, which are always on the move and I have taken many great pictures. A great feature of one of my lenses is that I can perform a manual focus correction while in auto focus mode. I have used my 7D to photograph flowers, landscapes, wildlife and museum exhibits. I look forward to photographing other subjects. I used the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM on my 7D in the museums in DC. Pictures came out great without a flash. Most of my pictures have come out great, except when it was my fault rushing the shot for fear I might miss it. The LCD is very bright and clear. Have not had much need to use the live view on the 7D, but that may come from using my SLRs. Im not very interested in Video, but have used it on my grandchildren. I have set the video to Full HD (1080) and 30 fps and the quality is great. I will have to experiment with video some more. Canon has a website called the Digital Learning Center. You should check this out. This is the first review I have ever written on anything. I hope you find it helpful!


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Best toy ever purchased

By Angel from Monterrey, NL on 03/24/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My father tought me how to take a picture more than 20 years ago, ever sicne, I was fascinated by the art. everything I saw, was a suitable interesting spot, I got my 7D after months of savings, my first was a 350D used, no matter what the conditons, she alwasy gets what you saw through your eyes, fast, userfriendly, intuitive, not for begginners, don't tell my wife what the price was.


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Amazing Camera

By Graham from Park City, UT on 03/19/2012


Pros:

Great Price, Range Of Settings, Camera User Settings, Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I use the canon 7D mainly for film purposes, and it is amazing. It has great image quality, and range of settings. I also have really liked all the Camera User Settings, where you can setup preset modes. It makes setting up a shot much faster and easier. The only thing, is that my shutter spin wheel broke after 3 weeks of using the camera, but canon was happy to repair it for me.


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Has Noise and Focus Issues

By Joshua from Wisconsin on 03/19/2012


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I'm not sure why the 7D even bothers to go up to 6400 ISO (or 12800 ISO)...anything above 1600 ISO is typically useless when it comes to noise. Perhaps you'd get acceptable results cleaning up the noise with higher-end noise reduction software but with the included DPP software, reducing noise is mostly equivalent to introducing blurring - which is to say, not good. Considering the camera seems to have AF sharpness issues anyway, I find it hard to get tack sharp pictures even with a tripod. But back to ISO, at higher ISO's I've noticed "hot" runs of pixels running horizontally across the whole width of the sensor. Anyway, I noticed many reviews have claimed the battery life is a plus/pro. Coming from a rebel XSI, I find the 7D battery life to be astonishingly bad. I could go a week between charges on the XSI...the 7D leaves me charging after every photo shoot. This is with similar shooting situations. Overall not happy with the cost/performance on this camera. Who knows, perhaps I just got a bad body?


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autofocus issue

By sergey from Undisclosed on 03/17/2012


Pros:

Great Ergos

Cons:

Af Issue, Too Much Noise For Its Price

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

camera front /back focuses . such an advanced camera cannot perform those basic things .live view af works perfectly. i'm using one shot af , middle point only , static subject. checked lens , all ok . the camera now sent for service . new camera , missed a trip due to those issues .


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I LOVE this camera

By Canonguy from Coldwater, MI on 03/02/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded to the 7D from the 10D, which was a great camera also at the time, and it was the best thing I ever bought. It never fails to provide me with excellent images and I spend a lot less time in the PC processing my photos after shooting. I would recommend this camera to anyone. Great unit.


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Love it

By Bill from Gurnee, IL, USA on 02/28/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I currently own a 30D. I was looking for an upgrade, and was torn between the 60D and the 7D. I opted for the 7D and for sports photography, it is great. Works wonderfully indoors. Love it.


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Incredible DSLR

By LauraQ from Des Moines, IA on 02/25/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased my camera 2 weeks ago. When incredible pictures it takes! This was a huge step up for me from the Canon SX30. The shutter speed is wonderful. I can need get the speed I want for action shots. I capture shots and see details I missed with my naked eye wiht the fast speed. The depth and detail are superb and at this price point. I have already highly recommended the camera to many. I am a loyal Canon customer and this is my 5th Canon.


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Best camera purchase I have made

By RQ from Undisclosed on 02/19/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 7D is a great camera. Advanced but easy to use. Very good for all shooting , but exceptional for telephoto. I recently added my first L lens (70-200 L F/4 IS USM) and picture quality is wonderful. I am so happy with Canon, I hope to add the new 1D X body.


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Love it!

By Snowyflakes from Ironwood MI on 02/12/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I LOVE it! I get more compliments on my photography and have found it relatively easy to learn, although I did buy some DVD's explaining its features and use in more detail. Learning it all takes time but made a huge difference. My work is in demand and compliments are ongoing. I'm loaning my camera to my son for a week, I miss it already! I LOVE my 7D and can't believe I parted with it, but I love my son almost as much : ) I have been a Canon owner for over 35 years, starting with the Canon AE-1. Don't hesitate...this IS the one to own!


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Best camera for your money and more!

By flyfish70 from Undisclosed on 02/01/2012


Pros:

Very Rugged, Weight, Great Weather Seal, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Lense Selection, Nice Fit In My Hand, Battery Life, Fast Af, Fast Start Up

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

To start with, this camera is very solidly built. Weather sealed, and trust me, very well. Ive had mine in downpours, heavy snow and even in the deserts of South East Asia with extreme heat and sand. Never once has this camera failed to give me what I expect, but it does it even better. I stepped up from the 40D and found out very quickly that they are two very different cameras. It took me a little while to get reoriented with the 7D. Everything is so much more advanced than the 40D. Dont get me wrong, I will never part with my 40D, but the 7D is my primaryalways. At first I saw quite a few blurred photos. After I got to know the very advanced auto focus system on this camera I was off and running. Now with over 30,000 shots, I now shoot at about a 95% to 98% keep rate on all of my photo shoots. That 2%-5% is 100% operator error. The autofocus is extremely advanced and takes a little work to master it, but once you have this camera will blow your mind. Thanks to the dual processors, this camera is lightning fast in every aspect. I do a lot of wildlife photography, so the speed this camera offers is everything you would ever want for both sports and wildlife. Battery life is amazing! The most shots I have gotten out of one battery charge was 1600 shots at an air show at the base Im stationed at. In two days of use, 1600 photos, and again 98% were keepers. Pretty awesome when you consider an airplane is coming at you at around 600mph and every shot in that 25 shot string was on point sharp. Awesome camera Canon!


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Big Bird Mania

By Ding from Guilford, CT on 01/20/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Just got back from Sanibel FLA and rapid fired a 7500 shot spree through Ding Darling 6 days in a row. Very impressed with the 7d as it gets really clear focus using hand held 80% of the time. Great camera in the rain as well. A moderate rain will not do anything to this tank. Buy the large battery pack and shoot all day long.


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I just bought this camera ...

By Mattcanon from Chicago, IL on 01/05/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I just bought this camera for my wife. She loves it. She likes to edit and and photoshop.. the color, image are so clear and nice. thanks Canon for this camera..the price is high but it's good to own one..


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I love this camera!

By Will from Undisclosed on 12/30/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm not a professional photographer. I've had my EOS 7D for a year now and I love this camera. I use my 7D for home and work every day and it's been a real trooper. This is the best camera I've ever bought so far.


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GREAT CAM...........

By Larry S from Fort Wayne, IN on 12/27/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had ESO 7D for about six months now and is one of the best cam I have ever used period. I shoot about everything you can think of and it has always given the best pic's ever. Yes it is a bit on the expensive side but it is worth evey penny...


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Superb build quality

By Hubert from Johannesburg, South Africa on 12/24/2011


Pros:

Full Hd Video, Weather Seals, Excellent Build Quality, Very Fast Shutter, High Iso

Cons:

Accessories Not Compatible Across Models

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had a long and hard decision between the 7D and 60D. At the time the price difference was quite big and the everyday used features had to sway it. For me: the build quality, almost full-frame, weather seals, program functions, custom functions, fast burst rate, range of accessories and single digit model number sealed the deal. I also own a 30D and the 7D is a great step-up.


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Great!!

By gutwinder from Trieste, Italy on 12/23/2011


Pros:

All

Cons:

Nothing

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The best in town! I'm an advanced amateur, since 1980 I make foto with Reflex (Yashica, Contax and Canon). I love Canon 7D as, in the past, I liked Contax.


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Can't focus

By Heather from Oregon on 12/22/2011


Cons:

Poor Focus, High Noise

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Had camera for almost 2 years now, focus is pretty completely luck. I thought it was handler error for a long time, finally sent it back for servicing, still front/back focuses. Doesn't matter the settings, lighting, or subject - will even struggle to focus with a still subject under bright lighting. If I had the money, I would definitely trash this thing and get another body - very disappointed.


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Great buy

By JShotz from MA on 11/26/2011


Pros:

Fast Fps, Great Build, Compact Flash, Great Video Quality

Cons:

No Manual Audio

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Canon 7D is a great camera. It shoots 18 mp stills at 8 fps and record full HD video at 48 mb/s. It has a full metal body, and supports a compact flash slot for faster image/video storing. One thing people dislike about this camera is that it's not full frame. My responce: It's not ment to be full frame. This camera is for sports photographers that need that 1.6x zoom.


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Amazing camera!

By Canon Lover from Massachusetts on 11/24/2011


Pros:

Sturdy Body Quiet Fast And Clear Viewfinder, Crisp Lcd.

Cons:

None I Can Find.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I finally purchased the 7D and I wish I hadn't waited. It is responsive, quiet and the features are great. Upgrading from a much loved 30D, so the learning curve is not huge though Live View and HD video are new and there are many new options.. I know my images can only improve with this inspiring camera. The 28-135 "kit" lens is also great and a wonderful value.


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Great for Night time action shots

By Cat from Spencerville, Ohio on 11/23/2011


Pros:

Great Quality Fast And The Body Is A Great Fit

Cons:

Pricey And A Little Heavier

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded from canon xti to this 7D for the main reason of night time football games. I just love this camera, it's fast, good quality and all the controls are easy access, just have to get use to the on and off switch being located at the top left instead of the top right..love the focus pts which are bigger and has 19 of them


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Worth Every Penny

By Evan's Woman from Orlando, FL on 11/19/2011


Pros:

Easy Grip, Long Battery Life, Unique Scroll, Unbelievable Photo Quality, Speedy Turn On, Indestructible, Takes Stills And Video, Quiet, User Friendly

Cons:

Pricey (but You Get What You Pay For)

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Not only is this a phenomenal camera, it's practically indestructible. I've had my 7D for about seven months now and it still looks brand new. I thought it was done for when I got it wet. You'd never know even got wet. The quality of the photos it takes are incredible. The speed and accuracy of the program inside the camera is genius.


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Awesome purchase

By Nblond from Austin tx on 11/10/2011


Pros:

Big Lcd, Great Quility, Good Settings, Great Video

Cons:

Bad Audio Quility With Video, Can't Control Mic Sound

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a awesome camera with great quility but if you buy it make sure you put on a screen protector right away my top LCD got scratched really badly!


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Best Eos XX Dslr yet

By Tomintexas from Houston,Tx on 10/27/2011


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've owned every model of the EOS Dslr XX in the1.6 imager line from the original D30. That first model just blew me away at the time even though it had a number of major flaws. I liked almost every model since but frankly they offered just evolutionary changes and my reaction to them ranged from ho-hum to "hey that's not too bad". My reaction to the EOS 7D is more in line with my first purchase of the D30. WOW! Here is my list of what I think are the really great improvements Fast and accurate auto focus, really good image quality up through 3200 ISO, bright 100% of field viewfinder, quality build (although the earlier models weren't slouches in this area), and video. Just a more revolutionary camera than evolutionary. Did I mention I really really like this camera?


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No regrets

By Mosey from Ontario, Ca. on 10/25/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I changed from film to digital in 1988, and have run the gauntlet in the field of digital cameras. After extensive research I decided on the 7D as a replacement for my 30D even though it did not have a full-frame sensor. And after 6 months & 7000+ photos I am still finding myself uttering "WOW" under my breath as I review my shots. Granted, some may say it is a bit pricey but I have always been a believer in the philosophy of "you get what you pay for". Great job Canon! I feel that I definately got my money's worth.


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Good solid Camera

By nuewave from Phoenix,AZ on 10/17/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Noisy, Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The canon 7d captures outstanding colors in its HD video mode and has great low light capabilities


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Well done, Canon!

By Mike from Undisclosed on 10/12/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought my 7D about six months ago as a companion to my 5D. I wanted something with micro-adjust focus, fast reliable autofocus and a fast frame rate for sports. The 7D has turned out to be everything I expected. No problems at all with the camera. My only frustration, and this applies to all my DSLRs, is that it is difficult to find lenses that focus accurately with each camera body. The current autofocus method is prone to all sorts of problems involving the way the lens and the camera body work together. You won't notice it if you are using smaller apertures like those in the consumer zoom lenses, but if you want to use prime lenses wide open it becomes a big issue. Sorry Canon, just my pet peeve! Anyway, if you are looking for a great crop-sensor camera, you can't go wrong with the 7D!


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Great camera

By BCuz from New Jersey on 10/08/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded from a 50D and found the quality of the photos to be significantly better than those taken with the 50D. Initially, I found the auto-focus feature to be a somewhat difficult to use. However, after working with this feature for a short time, I found this feature to be one the the better new features on this camera compared to the 50D. The controls and menu system are easy to navigate and use. The 100% view finder is a great improvement over the view finder in the 50D. Overall, a great camera - you won't regret owning it.


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Amazing DSLR

By sardoma7dportrait from A WED AND TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER on 10/03/2011


Pros:

Quiet, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Solid Operation

Cons:

None To Dislike

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

THIS IS A GREAT AMAZING CAMERA EVER I ADMIT AND MAY RECOGNIZED.SUPERIOR.QUICK RESPONSIVE .SO INTELLIGENT INTENDED FOR REAL PHOTOGRAPHER ,FOR THOSE WHO ARE ADVANCE USERS WHO HAS INNOVATIVE IDEAS WHO NEED SMART CAMERA LIKE THIS, CANON EOS 7D IS RIGHT FOR YOU;IN PORTRAIT AND SPORTS SHOTS SO COOL.I LOVE THIS 7 MY EOS 7D.


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I have had this camera ...

By Mario from Undisclosed on 09/27/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had this camera for about a year now. If you feel that you need to go on up to a higher priced Canon camera, I can't imagine why. Other than for the megapixels. 18 megapixels is plenty for me when I am printing a photo of 8 1/2x11. I know I can print larger but give me money for a bigger printer and I will be glad too. I can't find a thing wrong with this camera and I am a avid photographer. I use my camera for my art and teaching photography for kids. It's quick and ready for any situation. I have the battery pack and get over 1200 shots with and without the flash. It's a little heavy for the kids but did get a strap that is easier around the neck feel. If your a beginner photographer and going to an SLR, this may have too much bells and whistles but hey you wont be disappointed either. I'm not big on the video side of the camera and have used it a few times but being a photographer, Well, it's kind of like having a microwave in the car. I just can't seem to get excited about that side of the camera. Yea, glad it's there but not had a use for it yet. Live view has been a help since I have had two back surgeries but it does seem to use up the battery juice quicker. If I had one thing to add would have probably been a rotating view lcd. That is it. I love it and will recommend it!!!


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Excellent camera.

By Avicena from Orlando, FL on 09/19/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned this camera now for about 5 months and it turned out to be a better camera than I thought. The performance has been excellent and picture quality exceptionally beautiful. The built is evidently strong and durable, the quick responsiveness and intuitive controls are just as fast to manipulate. The camera is entirely customizable and extremely flexible with each individual's needs. Overall I'm extremely satisfied with it, it has allowed me to achieve some pictures that I could never achieve with my previous cameras.


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Upgraded to Canon 7D

By JJA from Dallas, TX on 09/09/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Within the past year I have gone from a Canon T2I to a Canon 60D and now to the Canon 7D. I have been a Canon loyal customer for over 30 years and have had numerous camera from film to digital SLR's. Having used the 7D for the past month I can easily state that it is without a doubt the best camera I have ever used. The quality of build is exceptional and the picture and video results are spectacular. I am still thankful that I made the decistion 30 years ago to go with Canon. It has been a wonderful relationship.


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Extreemely happy with Upgrade

By AMIT from Wayne, NJ on 09/09/2011


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Quiet, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been photographing with digital cameras for about 18 years, with over 30+ years of photography experience. I have progressed with Canon DSLR's from the 10D, to 20D, to 30D, to the 7D. Prior to purchasing the 7D, I considered the 5D Mark II, but because of the difference in the frames per second, purchased the 7D. Last year I photographed an event with two different Canon DSLRs-30D and 7D with different lens (wide angle vs. zoom). When I compared the 30D images to the 7D images, the 7D images were dramatically sharper. I was so disappointed in the quality of the 30D images, 8 vs. 18 Meg pixels, I purchased a second Canon 7D. I continue to photograph a number of outdoor events and have been extremely satisfied with the performance of the 7D. I read a number of the attached reviews and some of the criticisms are valid, such as the Audio Control & Balance, and the lack of 'tracking' in Video Mode. Overall the 7D is an excellent camera for the advanced and professional photographer. Readers should be aware that there is a slight difference between the 10D-50D, and I assume the 60D, control functions and the 7D. However, I adapted to the slight cahnges quickly.


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I should have picked this up sooner

By johnnysart from Albuquerque, NM on 09/08/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Non Yet.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I took my first photo's indoors and was amazed at the speed, performance and clarity of the camera used indoors. This was a major upgrade from my first digital rebel ds6041. Took some macro shots with my 300mm f/4L lense and the details are just fantastic. If you currently own a Rebel I think this camera should be your next upgrade.


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Just Buy It!

By Jerry B. from Raleigh, NC on 08/18/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Quiet, Bright Lcd

Cons:

N/a

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Just buy it! You have read the reviews...But until you buy, own and start using the EOS 7D as your main unit you will not understand what all the HYPE is about. The EOS 7D did not get the Awards, Accolades and Favor of myriads of World Renown Photographers without being a levels above the rest and classed in a standard almost to its own. You can argue negatively about anything, say for instance some say the Sun is dangerous and can cause various forms of skin cancer and no one should be exposed unprotected to it. The fact of the matter is, without the Sun, life as we know it on Planet Earth would not exist. There are people on this planet who have never used sunscreen and are in the Sun everyday for prolonged periods of time and have never had skin issues. Life goes on. What I'm trying to say is...There is no need to get into the technicalities of what this finely crafted Jewel can do, why, because there are more than enough reviews that have defined in persuasive detail the more than capable abilities of the EOS 7D...Just Buy It!


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Love My 7D!

By Sabrina from Jupiter, FL on 08/14/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Easy to use, true colors, perfect weight, excellent image quality, Fabulous camera! Love the pinpoint focus points. Love my 7D!


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Working long hours I'm ...

By xzoup from Arkansas on 08/08/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Working long hours I'm not lucky enough to use this camera as much as I would like but when I do nothing makes me happier. The only mistakes this 7D makes are the ones on the back side where the operator gets a little to anxious and rushes a shot. I was aprox. a hundred feet away from an outdoor concert at night using an L lens camera hand held, I was using only the lights directed at the band members and only the IS in the 7D camera since my lens didn't have one. Breathing out slowly as if firing a gun I squeezed the shutter button again and again, to my surprise the images were clear bright with very little noise. I would like to have another 7D to set them up with separate lenses.


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Great camera

By Racheltgal from Waldoboro Maine on 08/07/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Quiet

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Can't See The Lcd In Daylight

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

the only thing i wish this camera had was some way of adjusting the audio in put something to adjust the stereo like the software in the canon 60d i think has sound adjustments other then that a great camera i do a lot of wildlife and landscape photography and have lots of cameras guess i am a camera geek photos are so crisp and clear with this attach my canon l Lens


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Best of the Best

By kwin from Jackson MS on 08/06/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Canon took some enhancements from there high in Professional cameras and packages it into the 7D. I have own a 7D over a year, And ask myself why I waited so long to decide to make this purchase.I have owned Canons SLRs in the past, its not my first rodeo, when you match this camera up with some L-Glass You have a package that blows away most of the other brands.A lot of my friends shoot with full frames cant get over what the 7D produces compared to their higher price cameras. Buy the 7-D You wont be disappointed This Camera is the REAL DEAL.


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Amazing

By muggle1 from Paramus, NJ on 08/05/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is one of Canon's most advanced, feature-rich camera. Focus tracking is fast, the ergonomics of the controls is excellent, and the camera performs beautifully in low light, or high-speed sports photography. It's the first Canon to have a built in flash that can control external speedlites, making this camera one of the most versatile in the Canon lineup. I can't say enough great things about this Camera.


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Complete disappointment

By greg C from Long Island, NY on 08/03/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I've been a Canon user all my life and decided to buy the 7D as a second body based on many glowing reviews. There's always a few naysayers in the bunch so I ignored them and bought the camera anyhow. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was when I opened the box and checked out so many cool new features that were included in this gorgeously made body. Then I started taking photos and the disappointment began. Even at low ISO speeds noise is a problem and even using a tripod I was unable to get sharp photos- every single shot came out "soft". I set up a supposedly lower quality 50D and a 7D under the same lighting conditions at the same exposures and both on tripods and the 50D absolutely crushed the 7D in every aspect. I struggled to love this camera and spent 14 days doing everything I could to try to justify it's purchase. I even read the manual from cover to cover to see if I was missing something but alas I wasn't. It was with great regret and disappointment that I packed the unit back up and returned it to the store for a complete refund. I'll continue using my 5 and 50D's and now I'm very hesitant to try another Canon body. I really want to upgrade my 50 but I guess I'll be waiting a while longer as it still delivers solid shots as a second/back up camera.


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7D

By angelgirl from Wisconsin on 07/25/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Price

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera. Best one I have owned to date. I upgraded from a AE1-Digial Rebel to Rebel xti and now the 7D, only regret is that I did not do it sooner. Only drawback was the price, but still so glad I jumped in. love, love, love it!


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Why pay more for the 5D

By Bigg D from Atlanta, GA on 07/25/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Superior Hd Footage, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Dim Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I found this camera to be THE BEST camera on the market now. Can't imagine using anything else.


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hate it

By cameragal10 from Undisclosed on 07/23/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I bought this camera for a backup and sports camera. It never gave me tack sharp pics. I sent it back and they reset it to factory but I'm still not happy with it.Took me years to move up to canon and I get a lemon.


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Stunning "WoW"

By Bentley from Niagara Region, Ontario on 07/18/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been humming and hawing about this upgrade from a 50D for several months. Absolutely without a doubt worth it. I even purchased 2 5Dll's to compare with the 7D's. One for me and one for my wife as we have friendly competitions. I took the 5Dll's back after some very long and hard decisions. I compared both the 7D and the 5Dll's and saw with our own eyes that the 7D was indeed clearer blown up. I was told that we would see that the 5Dll's were better blown up. Wrong. If you are on the fence about upgrading to full frame, take a good hard look at the 7D. But make sure you use good glass. We both have the 24-105 L glass on the 7D's and the pictures we came back home with were stunning compared to our 50D's we both have. Don't hesitate to buy this amazing camera.


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Video Shutdown

By shadowgold from SC on 07/09/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Quiet

Cons:

Video Shuts Down After A Few Minutes, Complicated Controls/menu, Shaky Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It's sad that a camera like the 7d would cost so much and only able to deliver on half its hype. I've had the 7d for over a year now and every single time I try to use video, the camera shuts down every few minutes. This was never mentioned in any marketing I saw before I purchased the camera. I had to find out the truth from reading massive numbers of reviews that nearly everyone has the same problem...this is truly horrible.


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Best Camera Purchase One Can Make

By Brendan from Chicago on 07/05/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Short Battery Life, Heavy/bulky, No Geotagging

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am what is there to review, this is hands down one of the best cameras out there on the market. If it just had GPS tracking/geotagging, it would be perfect. But it has so many features perfect for the pro or first time photographer. Best bang for your buck by far!


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Great All Rounder

By Pilot850 from Sylvania, OH on 07/04/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

One of my favorite cameras so far, the 7D has nearly all the features you could possibly imagine; 18 megapixels, 8fps shooting, ISO 12800, and 1080p video. It has a similar feel to the 5D Mark II, but it includes a pop-up flash and has faster continuous shooting in place of a full-frame sensor. The camera has held up in heavy rain, dust storms, and hard use. The controls are rather complicated and are not suitable to beginner photographers, but for the advanced amateur looking to step up from the Rebel cameras or the proffessional who needs a rugged, do-it-all camera for an affordable price, there is no better option than the 7D.


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wish there was a 7D mark ...

By Anonymous from Garden Grove CA on 07/02/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

wish there was a 7D mark II fullframe with dual cf card.


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7D Rocks

By Ladybug from Greenville, NC on 07/02/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was looking for a camera to give me options and to allow creativity to come into play. I much prefer to be creative in taking the picture, rather than in post-production! The 7D provides me with more options than I dreamed possible. Although this is not a camera for beginners, it has been fairly easy to read about and learn. When I purchased the camera, I had researched various cameras . . . the 7D was rated as the best camera on the market. I am so glad I purchased it. I love it!


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Buy It For The Speed, Keep It For The Quality...

By TMAN from Ontario, Canada on 06/27/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Heavy/bulky, Pricey

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Fantastic Camera, Tremendous speed. I have been a long time Canon shooter and this purchase for me takes the cake. I love the Auto focus performance especially in AI Servo mode. Being a fitness photographer I tend to need a fast shutter and even in lower light settings with a 2.8 lens the 7D still shines. The write speeds of the Dual Digic 4 Procs are very noticeable when combined with UDMA cards its a combo that cannot be beaten. Its the perfect body for those that cannot afford nor need a Full Frame like the 5D mkII. Its a bit pricey, but you get over the sticker shock real quick when you start to shoot with it. This pro is very impressed with a tremendous camera!


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Excellent SLR Camera

By Gatorhead from Traveling all of USA on 06/26/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Purchased EOS 7D in Hong Kong China, in May 2010 Toured Mainland China and took many pictures out of the box with very little experiance on Digital SLR but had great Pictures most of the time anyway! I didn't realize my instruction manuals were in Japanese until I got back to my hotel on the day of purchase. So I downloaded all the info for the Camera from Cannon's website. I have been learning more as time goes by. I had a SLR Camera in the late 70's so I'm more of a intermediate hobby photographer. This unit has many, many, features and I have a lot to learn yet but these are the best pictures I've ever taken. I've had this camera in aircraft, on ships and boats, near mist from water falls and have had no physical / mechanical problems. If you are not already well versed on digital photography, plan on hitting the books if you want to take advantage of what this camera has to offer.


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great camera for the money

By tincansailor from on the road on 06/25/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

A Little Heavy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

could have spent more money but this is the best camera for what I shoot. We live in our RV fulltime and travel all over including Mexico. Needed to upgrade my G-10 and get a DSLR . I keep an ongoing photo journal on Face Book for friends and family was limited with the point and shoot. This camera allows me , with the lenes I bought to get the shots I want at the quality I demand. A little heavy but I can live with that. The idiot proof controls and ease of use, speed etc make this a great buy


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Excellent Compromise

By iphotosports from Southern Indiana on 06/25/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Focus Point Groups, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have taken a few hundred thousand pictures with this body -- mostly sports action. I like it a lot. The focus point groupings is a function I don't know how I lived without. It really allows me a lot of compositional freedom that is lacking with a single auto focus point. High ISO performance is pretty good and I regularly shoot at 6400 ISO. If you shoot at high ISO, shoot RAW format. Tremendous noise reduction benefit.


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A Work Horse

By The Photographer from Miami Florida on 06/21/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Pack With Features That Willl Kee Surprising You, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Short Battery Life, Burst Frame Rate Will Decrease In The Dark

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought the 7D shortly after the first firmware upgrade, being used to the 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D & 50D it took me a while to get used to and really understand the focusing system which is by far much superior than the ones mentioned before. I find the quality to be fantastic and a robust build without having a giant in your hands while maintaining a pro feeling. It's been over a year since I bought it and still keep finding more custom functions that spoil me more than the one I discover before. One important thing you must use this baby with a pro L series glass if you really want to know what you can get out of it. While it is not a full frame sensor camera remember it is the APS-C high end top of the line, Is it worth going from a 50D to a 7D......... don't let anybody fool you, the answer is YES! Overall after all this time, still I can't get enough of my 7D I recommend this product to a fiend!!


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The 7D rocks

By Ed from Bucks PA on 06/19/2011


Pros:

Fast, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Not A Good 1st Camera

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had 3 canon cameras in my life. Ellan II E, the XT,and now the 7D. Wasnt sure what to think when I got it, but I must say I was blown away. The 7D is like the race car of the canon DSLR's. The frame rate is very fast and the AF system is just a joy to use. The jump from the other two cameras are just stunning. The 3 inch LCD is like looking at a high end TV. There was a bit of a learning curve, but like anything else time and learning from your mistakes will over come that. Over all I really can not say anything bad about the 7D other then I wish I had it sooner then I did. I think the thing I like most about the 7D is that you can take 1080 HD video and the live veiw mode works great. But the speed is break neck quick. Thanks canon., great job.


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Great Camera

By gtwhtgt from Shreveport, La. on 06/18/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Upgraded from a 350D and love the larger LCD , the true view viewfinder and the image quality. Pro's for me are the 19 focus points and the con's would be the 19 focus points. I got it from AAFES with a 25% discount so the price was a plus for me. Coupled with an "L" lens the pictures are awesome if not really large. We can no longer e-mail pictures because of the size but have to use a host for them. Not a bad problem to have. I have a 270EX flash because the 580EXII is way too expensive for us normal people.


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Manual shortcomings

By Holly from Texas on 06/16/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu, Bad Manual

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I graduated from a 20D to a 7D, so I am not a total novice. Neither the manual that comes with the 7D, nor the online duplicate manual thoroughly explains the submenus. To learn about these, you must pour through reviewers, online help, and ask your fellow club members. Can't you take a knowledgeable employee, lock them in a room to write a thorough explanation of each 'thing" the camera can do....and then (important) have an outside editor read it and tie up loose ends?


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Great Camera

By AlvisMedia from VA on 06/15/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is very good, I love it for sport shoots. At 8 fps and good video you don't miss anything. This is a great camera to take places you would not want to risk more expensive cameras. I do recommend using the kelvin scale or custom white balance over the AWB but that can be said for most any camera. Image noise is pretty low not as good as the 5D mark 2 but you still can get some great shots. I would recommend this camera to anyone who shoots sports or to use as a backup camera to a full frame like the 5D mark 2 or to save money while you wait for canons next new thing (like the great rumors of the 5D mark 3). This will get the job done when paired with good glass.


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Best non-full frame SLR available

By chopinlover49 from upstate New York state on 06/15/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, 1080p Video, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I studied the full-frame vs non full-frame options and based on my current lenses (Canon 10-22, Canon 2.8 70-200L, and Canon 17-85 APS) plus the fact that the 7D was a newer model than the 5 IId, with some improved features over the higher-priced camera, I opted for the 7D. That also gives me time to buy a dedicated flash later instead of needing it right away. Each person may feel differently, but I have not regretted the decision at all. The image quality, ease of learning (I had a 20d previously), the video options, and the increased megapixel count, I felt the camera was a real value for the money. The build quality and materials made this a better camera for my purposes than the other lower-priced APS Canons, although some may not care. I am in the field a lot and don't want to take a chance with a plastic body or less water-tight seals. This camera will not disappoint! The video takes a little getting used to, but it is a new additional fun feature to try out and I am getting the hang of it now. It is really a major upgrade from my older Canon 20D.


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Amazing 7D!!

By alvilla2011 from Moreno Valley, CA on 06/15/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased the 7D three months ago to replace my 30D. At first, I was indecisive whether to get the 5D MKII or the 7D. I went for the 7D and I am glad I did. The picture quality is amazing and the video quality is awesome. The pictures taken from the 7D offers brilliant color and tones, which is worthy for publishing via web or printing using the Canon photo paper and frame them. What I like about this camera are the 100% coverage thanks to the Intelligent Viewfinder and the 19-Point AF system. I really dig the full 1080P HD feature including the cinematic 24fps option, which I will be using to film short films (or home videos). With the dual DIGIC 4 processors, it offers fast-frame shots that I really want. Kudos to you, Canon. Thanks for making this camera purely awesome. I am a happy Canon owner. :D


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Worth Every Cent

By GalleryTX from South Texas USA on 06/13/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've used the 7D for about 7 months now. I love it. It takes better pictures than I am capable of and is worthwhile to the SERIOUS photog. NOT A full-frame sensor, so do not expect it. It is still a crop-sensor and will not produce images like the 1D. However, with the 10-22 lens attached, it does a pretty good job!. With all that said, this camera is NOT for the beginner.


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Excellent Camera

By JH from Portland, OR on 06/10/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Purchased my 7D 18 months ago and was my first DSLR camera; previously only used compact cameras. This camera has grown my interest in photography from a hobby to now an obsession and offers relevant features for every level. I have taken 15k+ photos with this camera and created pictures that are treasured by family and friends. I now primarily shoot RAW in Manual mode and shoot everything from my kids outdoor sports and nature to poor/harsh lit indoor sports/activities. My favorite lens is 70-200 2.8 IS and I love being able to use my 580ii speedlites off camera with the 7D as the controller. The interface to use this camera is very user friendly and the ability to customize all the buttons makes shooting very logical. The more I dig in and challenge this camera the more pleased I am with it. The various focusing options are terrific - love AI Servo mode once I understood how to use correctly. Having 19 cross type sensors gives a lot of flexibility with accuracy and the metering system is reliable and consistent. White balance is good but shooting in RAW I don't pay much attention to this - I use Aperture 3, Lightroom 3 or CS5 for image processing (depending on what I am trying to accomplish). Build quality is very solid - living in Oregon the rain has tested this camera and L lenses many times shooting outdoor sports. The 18MP sensor offers great resolution and color accuracy while allowing ability to crop and maintain details. I notice an occasional pixel misfire but this is very easy to fix. The video capabilities of the 7D are amazing and is an area I am just getting really into. My biggest challenge with this camera now is deciding to shoot photo's or video. I am very happy and strongly recommend this camera.


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Compact, nimble, and full of surprises

By Snapping Turtle from Philadelphia, PA on 06/07/2011


Pros:

Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded from a Canon EOS 1D Mark III to this to add HD video to my capability. Sounds strange does it? Well I originally intended to get the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, but then realized that I could get two Canon EOS 7Ds with grips, a lens, and other accessories for the same price of a 1D Mark IV. I could not have been more satisfied with my choice. Even though it is not of the EOS 1 class that I have grown used to, it has enough features to compensate for my purposes. It is loaded with plenty of speed, resolution, and customizations for any professional application. The new AF autofocus system is way ahead of its supposedly "prosumer" class. The built in grid in the viewfinder is an ingenious design as now I can have the option to turn the grid on or off as I need to as opposed to manually instal and remove a focusing screen. It took some learning to orient myself to the design and use of the new camera, but the learning process was a breeze. Some minor things I do miss from the EOS 1 class. First is the microphone; I like the ability to record audio notes. However, I simply took short video clips with my own voice as a substitute. I also like the EOS 1 class ability to assign custom names to the image files. But this one missing feature is minor as I can simply rename the photos at Adobe Bridge before putting them all together for a final rename batch. If only Canon would implement some of the features such as new AF system, and speed to the next Canon EOS 5D, they will have a highly competitive prosumer level full frame camera.


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Disappointed purchase

By JR from San Antonio, Tx on 05/27/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Noisy, Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I purchased the Canon 7D in March to replace my 50D. I thought by waiting - most of the early criticisms would find their way into a bit bucket (fixed). My initial reaction was - wow! nice equipment. I looked at my first shots and again - wow! As I got more into this camera I started to compare against my 50D, my 30D and my 300D shots. I began to see some issues with soft focus, lack of detail, noise. I do shoot RAW so I am used to working the noise out but at ISO 200? I began to blame my lenses. I did microadjustments, I upgraded my processing software, I applied the latest firmware fix. I even bought a new lens. In the best conditions the camera takes a great photo, but let a little shadow or shade or distance come into the play - poor or mixed results. The main issue I have is the lack of consistancy. Good shot, bad shot, so-so shot, etc I have requested a authorization from Canon to repair the camera but I am not sure if I need to send my lenses as the ones that perform the poorest are L glass. Duh?


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Excellent step up!

By None from Atlanta, GA on 05/25/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been a Canon shooter for years. A little over a year ago I wanted to step up from my EOS 50D and debated between the 5D II and the 7D. I settled for the 7D and I'm glad I did. The quality of the pictures has been great. Paired with the battery grip and my 24-70L2:8 and 70-200L2:8 IS lens, I get excellent pictures. I shoot a lot of rail photography as well as landscape and wildlife photos. I have never been dissapointed in the quality.


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My Favorite Camera Yet

By Bird Photographer from Wrentham, MA on 05/14/2011


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Experience: a prize-winning bird photographer for ten years, using the 7D for over a year. Given that I want the 1.6 crop factor for bird photography, this is, head and shoulders, the best camera I have used yet. Furthermore, the 1920x1080 video is perfect for use in slideshows, providing truly excellent video. The fast frame rate coupled with fast shutter speeds provides crystal clear flight shots. I love my 7D! My wife loves hers!


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It's not a point and shoot SLR

By Masterpix from Jerusalem on 05/03/2011


Pros:

Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Ok guys, I've finally got it last week and since then I was playing with my new toy as a five year old. It is a camera designed for photographers, meaning there are no "useless" features, and no "hassle" around things, Everything is simple to find, simple to operate and to operate, however, it is not a toy camera. In my review I will refer to some issues that I've read about that concerned me when I was planning to buy this camera: Autofocus, in the beginning I was a bit surprised that I didn't get the sharpness that I wanted, but then realized that once you have 19 points of AF, letting them control the picture will soon lead you to disasters. You need to control the AFin order to get what you want, once I've set the points myself, and started to pay attention to where the AF is focusing, pictures are bright clear (up to the hairs in the nose which can cause you a domestic problem). Another issue, it's a 18MP sensor, any hand shake will be visible, my 6.3MP digital rebel is very forgiving in this matter, the 7D is not. Another issue is lenses, unfortunately, little "errors" in the lens is more visible in 18MP image than in 6.3MP image, so are light reflections between the filter and the lens. Another issue I've read about is focus in low light, that is tricky, cause going up to ISO 12500 means you can take pictures in almost darkness, however in the dark, it's not easy to focus cause you DON'T SEE much. But as far as I tried, it did focus quite well (again, master the focus, don't let it master you). Anyone having EOS before will find it very intuitive, simple to use and after a short learning curve, it's also easy to handle, a bit heavier than the entry level cameras, but that can be expected and to some degree welcomed, I like to FEEL the camera in my hand. The grip is a wonderful addition (highly recommended), especially with the 6 AA pack, allowing you to have a relative simple and available backup in the case you are away from electricity (vacations, holly-days or in the wild) And the sound it makes when shooting, the mirror going up and down, what can I say, there are some features that come as a bonus.


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Canon 7D... I like it!!

By Libra156 from Boynton Beach, FL on 05/01/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned the Canon 20D, 30D and now the 7D. No comparison the 7D is way ahead. The features and ease of use and image quality is top notch. Unless you are going for full frame, like the 5D Mk II this is the camera. Extremely fine low light focusing and image quality. The HD video is crisp and clean and easy to use. I am more than satisfied with the 7 D.


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Extremely Disappointed

By Fran from Queens, New York on 04/27/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Poor Image Quality, Focus Off On Moving Subjects, Noisy, Poor White Balance

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I'm simply baffled at the poor quality of images this camera produces, given the promotional hype I've seen distributed about it. The noise at high ISO was supposed to be minimal--it's not; white balance disappoints 90% of the time, and in too many instances, tack sharp focus occurs only after post-production adjustments. I'm seriously thinking of jumping ship.


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Why buy anything else

By JLlaxphotog from Coppell, TX on 04/14/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Bang for your buck, stop here. Great photos and the 7D is capable of doing way more than I can do as a photographer. I moved up from the 40D and use a variety of lenses. However, most of my stuff is taken using a F2.8/120-300 lens as I shoot mainly fast paced athletics.


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Worth the money! Best camera I've owned!

By Bigg D from Atlanta on 04/04/2011


Pros:

Hd Quality Videos, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation

Cons:

Dim Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent quality photos Excellent quality videos Durable Great features Easy to Use


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A Sports Photographer's Dream

By DogSportPhotos from Las Vegas, NV on 04/02/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Quick Start-up Time, High Frame Rate, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This body is nearly perfect for my needs. I take photos of Indoor Dog Sports as a Semi-Pro Photographer for my team. This body doesn't fall short in any areas that I can think of besides the fragility of some parts. But with electronics, this is a given. You have to be realistic. Taking photos here is one of the most demanding locations you could shoot. High and low operating temperatures, poor Light, need of extreme shutter speeds, high frame rates, and high ISO levels. Usually, to get a decently lit frame with little to no blur, you need at LEAST 1/4000 shutter speed and 2000 ISO. Any with this body, it was SO easy to pull of some of the shots I had extreme trouble with compared to some of the less expensive models. The frames had very little grain and were extremely easy to clean up in Photoshop afterwards. The only gripe I could ever have with mine was that the menu was a little odd to use since the organization is a little weird. But Canon managed to get around that by giving you your own personal menu that you can fill up with whatever you need and use a lot! So say you use several different flashes on one body for different locations. With this menu, it takes 2 clicks the get into your flash set up! Lovely. The reason why it didn't get 5 perfect stars: The fact that the CF Card Reader's pins bent through normal use. I've never even heard of this happening! It's still under warranty, but I don't know if Canon will fix it under it.


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Simply Superb

By AV from Undisclosed on 04/01/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is just awesome for video. The dynamic range in the highlights could have been better. Also audio controls are much needed. Nothing beats the 7D in ergonomics.


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Great camera!!

By JIN from New York, Brooklyn on 03/29/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

7D is amazing, i upgrade from 50D which i think the images quality is a big step! the tone and details are much better. plus the wireless built in, it is beautiful. the only thing is I hope canon next time make the radio wireless so it won't effect by the bright sun light or each speedlite sensor has to facing the camera =/ but over all.. this camera is very nice. right next to the 5D mark ii, very close.


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WOW, Go Canon

By TcommAnalyst from Alexandria, Virginia on 03/27/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use

Cons:

Price

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been a Canon camera owner since 1974. My wife just bought me the Canon 7D for Christmas (I was a good boy and was wishing for it very hard) and I am learning more and more about it every day. I enjoy shooting sports events and with the 7D it's very easy to get that great shot that you would see on the cover of SI. At 8fps you will not miss any of the action. From your kids to the pro's this is the camera for all those sports events. The 7D seems to be the Swiss Army knife of cameras and it doesnt stop there. I take it with me everywhere so I won't miss that fumble; the kid's having fun or that blooming flower. Enjoy life with a Canon 7D!


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My best camera in 25 years

By PhotoDude from Frederick, Maryland on 03/21/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been shooting high school sports and theater for over 25 years. The 7D does great low light photography. I can shoot night sports and basketball with out a flash. The photos at 6400 iso are good enough for professional publication. The buttons on the back are bigger and easier to use than the ones on my EOS1D. The 18 megapixel card gives great detail at 400 iso. I haven't had to shoot in RAW with the 7D because the jpegs have so much detail. I use the vertical hand grip to make it easier to hold when using a telephoto lens. The battery last a very long time.


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Great Value

By Anonymous from Tampa, Fl on 03/18/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Fast Everything, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As an owner of a 5D Mark 2, I thought when I bought my 7D that it would get little action. I really purchased it as a backup and sports camera only (because of the 8fps for under $2k) and never intended to use it for anything else. The 5D2 had all the other scenarios covered but now that I have it, I love it. I use it for everything from weddings to personal pictures. This camera makes capturing my 3 yr old niece easy. Definently recommend this camera to anyone that needs to capture a moving subject.


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Awsome Camera more than I expected

By Lott042 from Bakersfield, CA on 03/18/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Made My Friends Become Haters

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera does more than I need but at least I can do what ever I want there's no limit. Next purchase a 300mm l series lens.


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I Love This Camera

By David from Orlando, FL on 03/15/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is the best Canon I've purchased so far. Of all the Canon's I've owned (20D, 40D, 5D) I love this camera. Excellent battery life, the controls are perfectly placed and user friendly. The focus mechanism is fast and accurate. The sensor chip has allowed me to capture excellent images with low noise in low light. The video capability is awesome. the 1080 HD quality is professional movie. One down side is the mic/sound area. In most professional cases you still need a separate mike. You can't monitor the sound levels while recording. A headphone jack would be nice. Otherwise an excellent experience.


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Overall the best DSLR available

By Canon Cop from Oak Lawn Illinois on 03/12/2011


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This 7D was purchased as soon that it came out. It was an upgrade from my 50D (also a great camera). I have kept up with the firmware up-grades which is very easy from the canon web site. This camera has it all, I would have up-graded again by now, but to what? At this time there is no other camera that has all the features of the 7D. I will consider the new 5Dmark? when it comes out, however to beat the 7D it will really have to be something.


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Best camera I ever had and fun to use!!!

By freedombird from Wheelersburg, Ohio on 03/07/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great camera!!!! Easy to use and fun to use!!! The Quality is unmatched and every picture is fantastic! We plan to take the 7-D everywhere and try to get max utility. And if we wear it out, we will buy another one. Thanks for making a top quality product!!!!


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EOS 7D

By Archie from Sandy, UT on 03/07/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I got this for a trip to Africa and couldn't get it away from my wife. We both loved it. The controls were intuitive and easy to remember. Image quality was fantastic. The camera stood up to all the dust, dirt, and rain Africa threw at us. If you're looking for a professional camera do yourself a favor and look at the 7D.


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A Game Changer!

By DW Media from Columbus, OH on 03/04/2011


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had been longing for something to help me transition my freelance video production into many things. I wanted to look into digital photography, high definition, and an overall different look than my prosumer miniDV cameras. First, knowing nothing about photography other than what I can take from my video knowledge, I was able to make a profit from photos in no time. Every image looks so incredibly clear. I am amazed at the blazing speed and quality of the burst mode, taking 8 pictures per second. The two big reasons for buying this camera were the high definition options (24/30/60fps) and the lens selection. I wanted something that could give me an shallow depth of field and a more cinematic experience, and I found it right out of the box with the 28-135mm lens that was included in my kit. I can only imagine the possibilities when I purchase more lenses. The audio from the camera isn't that great, however audio should be recorded separately anyway. I have no problem editing the video either. I have run into issues with HD consumer cams not working well in my editing software, however there is no problem here. This has been the greatest addition to my arsenal, and I suggest that anyone wanting a professional look at a much more reasonable price than some of your other options out there needs to choose a Canon DSLR!


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A wonderful camera!

By electricskies from Phoenix, AZ on 03/04/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 7D is an amazing camera. As an avid film user, it took awhile for digital to win me over. I haven't been this excited since I first purchased my Canon A-1, 31 years ago. The image quality is remarkable, and it is easy use, even before you read the manual. It is solidly built, and I love the grip on the body which makes holding and shooting effortless.


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Fabulous Camera - Buy One!

By twolfgcd from Cloverdale, CA on 03/04/2011


Pros:

Flexibility, Superior Build Quality, Weather Resistant, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Dual Processors 8 Shots/second, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Needs A Better Manual To Explain Options

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This was my second DSLR. I loved my first one, but when I got the 7D it was like entering a whole new world of experience. I love the range of options built in to the camera. My friends are constantly amazed at the vibrant colors I get - I'm sure partly due to the color sensors in the camera that focus specifically on color! The camera has not failed me once in nearly a year of use. I've recommended it to friends who were looking to buy "up" - and they love their 7D, too. There's not really anything you can't do with this well-built, highly reliable, incredible piece of technology. I highly recommend it!!!!


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Don't Overlook This Camera

By Rocky of RMNP from Estes Park, CO on 03/04/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Fast Fast Fast (8fps Is Real), Heavy/substantial When Hand Shooting, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The EOS 7D can create an interesting decision for the advanced amateur or the Canon using Pro who wants a second/back-up body. Reason, the 7d's sensor and processors provide such outstanding image quality that except for extremely large prints I have found I don't need the full-frame sensor of my 5D. I have printed images taken with the 7D up to 20x24" and 24x30" and the pixles in the prints simply hold together...however, anything larger I use my 5D and its full frame sensor. Noise control is outstanding with the 7D...again, a factor of the sensor and dual processors. For landscapes I now use both my 5D and 7D depending on the situation and how large I will be printing images for sale. For weddings and portraits I only use the 7D anymore...it is so fast (the 8fps is real) and again the image quality is so good I never long for the full frame sensor of the 5D for weddings and portraits. There are only two things with the 7D that Canon needs to improve....for some reason they still stubbornly refuse to put a mirror lock-up button on the body causing one to go into the extensive menu system to activate mirror lock-up. Secondly, a camera of this level should come with dual card holders..well worth the few extra bucks that would be added to the cost of the body. Not deal-breakers for me but both should be there! I sincerely can highly recommend this body...put a battery pack (grip) on the body and with the two batteries it seems you can shoot forever.


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Addition to my Bag of goods

By ShutterlyExposed from South Bend, IN. on 03/04/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchaed the Canon 7D as a backup to my Canon 5d Mark II. The 7D layout was close to that of the 5D Mark II and was an easy transition. I think I will be using the 7D more as I go along but its still my backup to the 5D.


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Love it!

By Anonymous from Colorado on 03/04/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Price

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Overall this is an amazing camera. Super image quality and camera performance in the right hands. An almost endless array of customizable features. So many features that it can be overwhelming at first. Take the time to learn and understand these features and you will start to really appreciate what this camera can do. Build quality is excellent and the camera has an excellent feel to it. Price is a bit on the steep side. This is the reason I only gave an overall rating of 4 out of 5.


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Purchased the 7D for video projects

By BCI from Austin, TX on 03/04/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

No Agc Disable, No Audio Level Control

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Purchased the 7D for video projects and so far am very happy with it. If your looking for pro audio it will cost you $400 depending on what you go with b/c you need a way to disable the Auto Gain Control on the camera and currently there is no way to do this on the camera. Not a show stopper just pick up a AGC disabling XLR preamp. Over all I am very pleased with the performance of the 7D. It is fast, accurate, creates great images and video with excellent color. Really wish Canon would provide some sort of Firmware update to give controls over AGC or Manuel audio levels, it would still be very nice to have.


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I'm Impressed

By quadrantg from Sisters, Oregon on 03/04/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use

Cons:

Requires Different Battery Than Previous Models.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I started my Canon journey when the 20D was first introduced. I enjoyed using this camera and after 5 years of heavy use, it finally stopped working. I returned it to Canon for repair and decided to take them up on their offer to trade the 20D in and replace it with a refurbished 50D at a great price. Again, the 50D has been an outstanding performer. I will continue to use this model as a backup. The 7D has thus far exceeded all of my expectations. The fact that I have barely had to reference the users manual, speaks volumes as to it's ease of use. The auto focus is extremely fast and the image quality is outstanding. Manual operation is also a breeze. If a full frame SLR is beyond your budget, this model is my recommendation. My only disappointment is that it uses a different battery than the 50D.


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Upgrade not Update

By CanonFanboy from Undisclosed on 02/28/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Viewfinder, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life

Cons:

No Dual Card Slot

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

To be honest, a fantastic camera indeed even after more than 1 year of release. I used to use the semi pro range of the Canon line up, 40D to be precise, and I am in such need to upgrade my gear. The two digits-D were great cameras for me, who is an advanced enthusiast taking both travel and artistic pictures. They were quite fast, and still maintaining a solidly built magnesium alloy body. I trust Canon for their ease of use, and a whole lot of decent lens and accessories to support my EOS. I have been waiting patiently for them to release something more advanced, somewhat like their competitor's higher end crop sized DSLRs. I can't wait any longer and decided to head for the 7D to upgrade my old workhorse. Excellent built and feel was my initial opinions to this new but soon to be legendary single digit-D camera. It really isn't something which continues Canon's current line, but instead a whole new level of high end APS-C camera. After 3 months of use, equipped with a new general purpose zoom 15-85 and a 70-200 f2.8, I was like crazy with my new gear. Dead on accurate 19 points cross type AF was another great update over the long used 9 point AF on my old 40D, not to mention the sweet 8 fps continuous burst which works much like a machine gun. All other great features are the VF, LCD, controls, virtual horizon, user friendliness and much much more. One thing I could have comment on it is the card slot. One more card slot would do fine just the the other did! ('Cause I do shoot a lot) I feel like my my entire shooting experience have been upgraded, given that 7D is not just an update but rather an upgrade for top of the line APS-C in Canon's range. I wonder when will Canon release a successor to it? Hmmm... should I wait for it.... Anyway keep up the great work!


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Excellent image quality, bothersome error codes

By mkgrillo from Rochester, New York on 02/23/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Error 02

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I just purchased this camera 1 week ago on February 17th as an upgrade to my canon 50D. The first thing I noticed was the excellent build qaulity and ergonomics. This camera just feels great in your hands. I consider myself an advanced user and found going through all of the custom settings and features a daunting task, not that it is necessarily difficult, if time is taken to read the manual, it's just that there are sooooo many! I see this as a good thing, but if you are new to the DSLR market, you may want to start a little smaller. I was stuck trying to decide between the 5DmkII and the 7D. I decided on the 7D for a few reasons. Not to sound cheap, but the 5DmkII is almost $1000.00 more, second I like the new 19 point autofocus. It works well when framing a portrait and using manual focus points, there are 19 points to choose from, covering the entire face. I also like the high continuous frame rate of the 7D over the 5DmkII. The video is a great added feature, but is going to take some time getting used to in manual mode. The only problem I have encountered, is 4 days after purchasing this camera, I recorded a 3 minute video testing some custom settings and when I stopped the recording I got a message reading "ERROR 02" can not access memory card. I turned the camera off, back on again and the camera failed to write the video to the card. All other photos were still on the card, but the video had failed to write. I thought maybe it was from one of the settings I had set, but after further research, it seems a pretty common occurance with no reasonable explanation. Some reports I have read, canon blames the CF card. Other reports state that canon has replaced components in some cameras to remedy the problem but the consumer still experiences periodic " ERROR 02". I find this a little disturbing, that after 1 week I have already had "ERROR" messages that are unexplainable. I have used my 50D for over 1 year now on a regular basis, multiple times per week and never had a single "ERROR" message. Hopefully this is the only time this happens to me, and maybe canon will come up with a firmware update to correct this for other people. Overall I think this is a great camera, excellent build quality, fantastic image quality, and more custom features than one can imagine! I only hope there is a quick and easy fix to the common "ERROR 02"


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My best camera ever, but....

By sabreur from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 02/22/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quiet, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Loose Mode Ring

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I just love my Canon EOS 7D. Paired with my EF-L lenses, it provides a level of quality and performance unequaled in any camera I have ownwd before. I am an advanced amateur involved in photography for over 50 years so I have owned a good number of cameras. The resolution, AF and flexibility of this camera are, IMHO, as good (or better) as any camera in its niche. The only problem with it (see the "but") is truly unexpected in a camera of this quality and price range. The mode dial turns easily during normal handling and switches mode on you. I have lost anumber of images because of this and I hate it. I try and check before I use it but this is not always possible. I'm surprised Canon make this mistake and even more that it hasn't been fixed yet.


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Love this camera. ...

By red bell from Toronto, Ontario on 02/19/2011


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love this camera. Replaced my 40D with this and couldn't be happier. Just be aware the focus is very slow when in video mode. Not the end of the world since this is a still camera I don't mind.


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7D Capabilities

By MacK from Ohio on 02/10/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Advanced Amateur To Pro Capability, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Wear Resistant Body

Cons:

Would Like An Articulated Back Screen., Dim Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Purchased my 7D in April 2010 and have never look back. It is a great camera and per my photoshop software, most fine JPEG's are in the 5.6 to 6 MG range and RAW's reach 22MG. The enhanced focus system is superior. The full magnesium body gives excellent wear and dust sealing protection typical of Pro cameras. Can't say enough good about this camera.


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Decided to "Leap Frog" cameras

By Pa from Atlanta, GA on 02/10/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

mid/late 80's), purchased my 1st Canon,( F1 Body). Later got an AE1. My 1st digital (2005) was a PowerShot S2 IS. (LOVE IT. Still have it) Decided to go for a DSLR, Researched for appx. 3 mos. October 2010 got a fair deal on a 7D 2 lens kit. This camera is "the cats meow" ! The ONLY bad pics, my fault. Bit of a learning curve, but what a blast! The 2 kit lenses, 28-135mm & 70-300mm, both Zoom, IS, & USM seem better than average.But shopping for a wider/faster.


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Very good camera

By Anonymous from Fort Worth, TX on 02/10/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

High "auto" Iso, Expensive

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this about 3 months ago and love the camera and its features. It takes great pictures and the features are very handy. I use the high speed multiple shots alot and get great clear shots. I have notice that I get some soft pics at times but usuly is due to low light or bad settings. One thing I would like to change is the "auto" ISO setting range. I notice if I use it, the ISO can jump up to 3200 very fast and can stay above 1600 most of the time. I have adjusted by setting my prefered ISO and making manual adjustments. It would be nice to set a range. Other than that it is vey good. I even dropped it once and have no marks or problems. I have developed a dead pixl already but only noticable above 800 ISO and very easy to fix in post production. Ovwer all a great camera, a little expencive but very nice.


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Best value there is

By BradEsq. from Southeastern Massachusetts on 02/09/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

No Focus Tracking In Video Mode

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Overall, I am entirely satisfied with the camera. I have used both Canon film and then digital cameras since 1992 (some of my original, 19 yr. old lenses still work) and consider myself a serious amateur photographer. I upgraded from an EOS XTi. The camera is the embodiment of the term "prosumer." The build of the camera (all metal- magnesium) and its plethora of features are strictly professional. Its 18 MP sensor, fast frame rate, respectable autofocus performance and functions along with a sophisticated light metering system make this camera more than any serious amateur could ever want. The big price savings come from the APS-C sensor. However, the sensor has handled ISO settings at 6400 with surprisingly acceptable low noise levels, particularly with the noise reduction setting set to low. My only real criticism of this camera is that there is no focus servo setting in the video mode which makes it diffiuclt to shoot video of moving subject. I own an Canon VIXIA HF 10 and hoped the EOS 7D could fill its role as a video camera as well. The 7D's inability to "focus track" moving subject using the video functions contrast focusing sytem is burdensome. Other than that one issue, the EOS 7D is still the best bang for the buck on the market, even with the release of the new EOS Rebel T3i One note- the camera has numerous buttons which the user must learn. However they are not difficult to learn and if you want more features, then you must take the time to learn how to use them. Once mastered, the mulititude of fuctions and buttons become a breeze to use to to the camera's logical layout and flexible button function assignment. This a a camera for those who want to learn more and then apply what they have learned.


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One more Canon purchase

By Steve from Seattle, WA on 02/09/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'd been looking at upgrading my Canon Digital Rebel camera that was a few years old - and luckily my wife beat me to it, and purchased the EOS 7D for me for Christmas. What a great gift, and what a great camera. The camera is a bit heavier than I'm used to - but it feels good and balanced in my hands. This is my 6th Canon camera, going back to the AE1, F1, A1 film cameras (all of which still are in use). The picture quality is superb, and with all the features on the camera - I don't feel like I've explored everything quite yet. With all the features - I'd like to see Canon include the owners manual on the camera, so I could retrieve the instructions on the LCD panel when I'm out in the field and don't have the manual with me.


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EOS 7D

By Almar from Kissimmee, FL on 02/09/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I started with the EOS 40D which I was very pleased with. I still use it occasionally. When the EOS 7D came out I just had to have it! One of my better decisions. This camera has it all! I have yet to take a BAD picture with it. It is definitely an intricate instrument! The learning experience in this camera is interesting and very rewarding. I feel I am mastering it about 70% of its capabilities. Anyone looking for a great camera that will compete with anyone...look no farther! This is the one! You cannot go wrong!


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My 1st DSLR

By Wildlife Lover from New Orleans, LA on 02/09/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I contemplated buying a DSLR for months and wanted to make sure that the one I purchased shot video. I was not disappointed with the 7D. It took me a little while to get used to the plethora of options in the menus but once I familiarized myself it got easier. The build quality on this camera is fantastic. It will stand up to some pretty rough bumps and scrapes. The video that comes out of it is stellar and I appreciate that it shoots in both 1080p and 720p. It has a 100% viewfinder which may not seem like a big deal but you usually only find this feature on much more expensive cameras like the 5D or the 1D. The still images are good too and it excels in low-light and you can get workable images up to 3200 ISO. My one piece of advice is buy the camera body by itself and skip the kit lens.


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ANOTHER AMAZING CAMERA

By BAJ from Littleton, CO on 02/09/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation

Cons:

Noise Is Marginal, Sharpness Is Marginal, Needs +- Five Stops Aeb, Needs Articulated Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera makes my 20D look like a Point and Shoot which is saying something considering that the 20D has taken numerous award winning photos. It is avery sophiscated camera that requires a significant learning curve even for the experienced photographer. The extent of integration of the features, i.e., the exposure zones, focusing points,speedlite, etc., in combination is awesome. The apparent sharpness seems to equal at best to the 20D that has been exceptionally good. This would seem to be somewhat reasonable given the 2.2 times greater resolution. The noise seems to more evident. There seems to be a yellow/orange color cast for some reason. I would have liked to have the articulated LCD.


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First DSLR

By PAPICHULO from New York, NY on 01/30/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Beautiful Hd Video, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my first DSLR ever. As expected, I'm very happy with this camera. It takes fantastic photos and amazing Hi-Def video. I've done a lot of research on different DSLRs and thought this one was perfect for my needs... which were great burst speeds for shooting sports (up to 8 Frames Per Second), a weather resistant body and fast dual processors. If you are starting out in photography or videography and if you can afford it... get the 7D. You will not be dissapointed.


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It's hard to beat the canon EOS 7D!

By Sheckwel from new york NY on 01/29/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It s really hard to beat the canon eos 7d. I bought an 60d for a an upgrade for my missed rebel XTI. I liked the 60d, it comes with terrific features specially the swivel screen great for some movie shooters and many more, unfortunatly i am not in videography, i don't really care about the swivel screen, i was about to buy a 50d, but a 60d comes out, i said no the eos 60d will succeed the 50D, and it has almost the same sensor to the 7d and has nice features. I used it for two months because i bought it on november 2010 the day of my birthday, i liked it and gave me good results, unfortunatly there were something i didn't like on the 60d and as an canon Fanboy it s an big downgrade from the EOS 50D, the plastic body makes the hardware cheap and too light, it stays between the T2I and the 7D, bigger than the T2I and smaller the the 7D, but has a good grip, but i don't feel it ergonomically, the build quality is supposed to stay like at least the 50D or the 5d Mark II because Build quality is very important on DSLR, thew 7D is strong, rugged, weather sealed, 7D is even more strong heavier (820G Body only) than 5D mArk2(810G body only) and 50D, the 60D frames rates is awesome, 5D mark II is sad just it's full frame and has more Mega pixels and lack the built of Pop up flash, 50D is a terrific ergonomically, and the frames rates of the 50D is happy, I love shooting action, so i need the huge frames rate, i love a heavy camera but not like the eos 1DS MII or IV ...Seriously I am not rich but i don't have financial issues, i can even purchsase EOS 1DS Mark III, i already returned the canon eos 60D, the same day before i go to bed i gotta purchase an eos the store are open in NYC on sunday. I gotta choose between 5D Mark II and 7D, seriously the 50D is awesome but it going to be archaic soon. 5D Mark II is terrific but the frames rates is slow, i don't care about it's full frame and it's 21 MP, and doesn't have built on pop up flash, it;s more friendly in studio, i gotta shoot outside a lot, i can see some wildlifes, lanscape, actions in the street of NYC,so the 7d can do the job done, it's one of the best canon eos timelines, built quality is superior, rugged, and weather sealed, I already have it, i am thinking getting another one for a back up body. Thanks for reading!


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Very nice workhorse

By Mxz800sp from Grand Rapids, MN on 01/28/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

White Balance Is Off

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned my 7D for just over a year now, I usually shoot weddings, portraits and action sports (Tae Kwon Do, MMA, Snowmobiling, Motocross). I have been very pleased with the 7D overall with 2 minor issues. 3 months in, mine quit, died, went belly up in the middle of a wedding shoot, brought out my old XT to save the day. Sent in the camera for repair after taking it to the local Canon Dealer to double check batteries with their 7D. When I got it back (9days) it worked great!!! The receipt said no problems were found and to replace my battery. I have been using that battery for a year now. Not sure what they fixed, but they should have owned up to it. Since then, it has worked flawlessly overall, but I do find myself relying on a gray card while shooting for post production tweaking as the white balance never seems to be quite right, either in auto or any of the settings


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Canon's Best Crop Camera Yet

By Hotspur from Undisclosed on 01/26/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This was my sixth Canon DSLR: 300D, 350D, 5D, 40D, 50D, 7D, and now 5D MKII. There is no question that the user interface on the 7D is the best I have used. The customization possible is wonderful. I especially like the Quick Menu, My Menu, AF Microadjustment, the grid overlay in the viewfinder and in Live View, the level, the AF point options, button assignment choices, and remote flash. All these features take a while to master, but the power is well worth it. Among the few things I would like to see added in the 7D MKII are an articulated screen like the 60D and reassignment of the print button (on a serious camera like the 7D, does anyone hook up to a printer and print directly without postprocessing first on a computer?). The only rough spot for me is controlling a flash. The menu items and what they do are not intuitive.


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Excellent upgrade to my camera selections

By Jim from Knoxville, TN on 01/24/2011


Pros:

Great Camera - Takes Excellent Pictures

Cons:

No Software Provided To Work With The Video Shots.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using the 40D for a couple of years and have been quite happy with it. I do a lot of sports photography (hockey) and need a camera that focus's quick and can take a lot of successive images which the 40D did well. I decided to give the 7D a try basically because I was wanting an new camera and had been debating between the EOS Mark IV for and EOS 7D for several weeks. Although I really wanted the Mark IV - my bill fold just would let it fit in and all of the reviews that I have read for the 7D actually shows it to be almost as good as the Mark IV so I decided to make the purchase of the 7D. The first thing that I noticed when using the camera this past week end for 3 hockey games was the quick focus, and the excellent colors that it was reproducing. Once I downloaded them to my website - it was obvious that the improvement in the pictures was great. Things I didn't care for - no included software to use, which was disappointing. It would have been great if Canon would have provided a software program to work with the video - now I have to go search around for software to process that with. After paying the price for this camera, and not getting software to work with the end product with is disappointing.


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Amazing Camera

By MnDoc from Rochester, MN on 01/20/2011


Pros:

Fast Shutter Speed, Terrific Pictures, Loaded With Features, Amazing Iso Range, Outstanding For Sports

Cons:

White Balance Can Be Touchy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought the 7D last winter as an upgrade to my 40D. I must say I have been pleased with the consistent output of the 40D but wanted the speed for my sports shots. The 7D is amazing and comes with a whole load of bells and whistles not on the 40D and in fact not a part of the 5D Mark II (which I purchased about 5 months ago). The shutter speed on the 7D is fast and quiet. I've taken indoor concert pictures in natural light and have been amazed with the quality of the pictures the camera produces even at very high ISO speeds. I would have to agree there was only one problem I have had with the 7D as at least one other reviewer wrote about and that has to do with the white balance. Right out of the box the balance was off. I have found however several ways to correct the problem.. One has to do with the use of an Expodisc filter(It works with custom white balance) and the other trick is to adjust on the fly using live mode by adjusting kelvin on the view screen. I also have found that over time the white balance issue has pretty much disappeared. As amazing as it may seem after buying the 5D Mark II (an outstanding camera and incredible for portrait work) it made me appreciate the added features of the 7D even more. For speed the 7D beats the 5D Mark II hands down. Disk format is lightning fast, has more features and a built in Speedlight flash master transmitter. As others have noted this would be the perfect camera if it was full-frame. Irrespective it is a best bang for the buck.


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Superb camera.

By LJ from Boston, MA on 01/19/2011


Pros:

Speed Accuracy Responsiveness Solid Build.

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

When in doubt, choose Canon; you can't go wrong. This camera is exceptional in every way. It's fast; super fast, & responds flawlessly in fast-paced situations. Captures every moment with blazing fast speed & accuracy. This camera has made me look so good among my peers; I can't recommend it enough! Go for it with confidence; you won't regret it.


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Awesome Camera

By gputah.smugmug from Pleasant Grove, UT on 01/17/2011


Pros:

Autofocus Is Awesome

Cons:

Not Full Frame :)

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love this camera! I shoot photography professionally and this camera's autofocus system has upped my photo keeper rate from 60% to a consistant 90+%! It is always in focus! I love it! I wish it had a full frame! I hope that the 5d MK III has the 7D's autofucos system, or the 7D MK II has a full sensor! I will buy either of these and use my 7D as a secondary.


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Horrendously Disappointed

By Jnn1812 from Tucson Arizona on 01/16/2011


Pros:

It Is Black

Cons:

Back Focus, Front Focus, Soft Focus, Noise, Slow Lag Time, Grain, Iso

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I bought this camera expecting it to be far better than my 50D. How wrong I was. There was rarely a time when I had to go above ISO 100 with the 50, with the 7, there is barely any time that I can shoot under 800. Low light, forget it. You will find, grain the size of snowballs, and noise like ants on honey. The focus, is horrendous. It back focus's , it front focus's, maybe 2 out of 10 shots you do actually get focus. Forget about high speed tracking focus, you will be lucky to get one shot in. Even with a 200mm Prime with a standing solid object it is so slow to focus and takes forever to actually take a shot. Sounds like a kurthunk, that is how slow it is. I have used Canon for years and I am totally baffled as to why this is such a bad camera compared to everything else I have ever got. I have told people NOT to buy this camera and shown them why, told them why. I have told them to go to the 50D for far superior handling of shots. I will never recommend this camera unless something drastic happens. I dislike and wish I had never bought it. All these problems, have sucked the life out of me, I do not get any joy of doing my job anymore or shooting, because I am constantly worried about the camera and if it will actually take a picture in focus, without grain or noise.


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Great for video but lacks key features

By Vampyr from Los Angeles, CA on 01/13/2011


Pros:

1080p, 24p, Great Stills, Great Video

Cons:

No Aspect Ratio Crop Marks For 2:40:1, Automatic Gain Control Ruins Your Audio, No Clean Hdmi Output

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been a filmmaker for over 20 years and I've used some of the best movie cameras in the industry. I was really impressed with the way this camera captures video. Outstanding picture quality. But I became quickly discouraged by the fact that there is no option to disable the Automatic Gain Control (AGC), or use manual audio settings. While I'm used to syning audio in post from working with film, I was really hoping this camera would allow me to work with an onboard mic, but the AGC makes it imposible to get usable audio. This is even more frustrating when Canon has lower end cameras with the ability to disable AGC and control audio levels! Please Canon, release a firmware update that will: 1. Disable Automatic Gain (AGC) 2. Allow for manual audio level control 3. Provide CLEAN HDMI output 4. Provide crop marks for 1:85, 2:35, 2:40 Enabling these features will make this a 5 star camera!


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Great camera, but still has WB issues

By Canon7D Fan from TN on 01/10/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Color/white Balance Issues

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had the 7D for over a year now, and have been very impressed with its ease of use, feature list, quality construction, and superb image quality. I say "superb" with one caveat--the white balance is absolutely horrible. No matter what I do, I can't get the colors to display correctly, and it's not just a simple warm/cool adjustment. I kept hoping Canon would fix this with a firmware update, but apparently that is not going to happen. Just be sure you shoot in RAW and hope that you can get the colors right in post-processing. Otherwise, reds will sometimes look magenta, blues will be way oversaturated, etc. I never had any trouble with this on my Rebel XTi. I guess if I knew how to use Photoshop better it might not be such an issue. Still working on that! Other than this problem, the 7D is an absolute perfect camera.


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Worse Purchase Ever

By jewels from Oklahoma on 01/06/2011


Cons:

Poor Build Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I would not give my camera to anyone. My 7D ,was ok at first but has given my nothing but trouble for a whole year. Repaired 3 times.


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Very hard to brat

By Canon Cop from Oak Lawn Illinois on 12/30/2010


Pros:

Best All Around Perfomance And Features, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Some People Miss Some Of The Auto Settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had this 7D for over a year with nothing but great luck with it. I have gone through the all the rebel series, 40D, and 50D. Most all my lenses are now "L" series. I feel that I am ready for my next up-grade, however I would not take that step to a 5DII, or ID mk IV, or even the IDs mk III, because I am the happy with the 7D. I also do a lot of low light shooting, with excellant results (not all the noise that I see people write about). Maybe when the IDs mk IV (or what ever they will call it) comes out it will have something to offer that will cause me to move past my 7D. However until then This camera is very very hard to beat, at least for my needs. Don't even hesitate buy one, buy two.


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good, but can be better

By CameraTech from Redmond, WA on 12/23/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Shaky Operation, Auto Focus Anomolies, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I recently switched over from Canon XSi to 7D. I liked my XSi, but was at the point that image quality was starting to matter more. 7D has great flexibility and adjustability, and takes great pictures. Although there is no doubt that the Auto Focus will require a firmware update. Occasionally, the AF stops working altogether, and the only way to reset it is to either change the lens focal zoom, or turn it off and then back on. There is also another less frequent issue, when the camera indicates error between the camera and the lens. Again cycling power to the camera fixes the problem. Its also a bit heady, but I can live it with that. My Rebel was just perfect in size and weight.


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Excellent upgrade from my aging 20D

By Shamanistic from Twin Cities, Minnesota on 12/17/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation

Cons:

Stupid White Box In Middle Of Video Display

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After about 6 years of faithful service, it was time to (semi) retire my Canon 20D and upgrade. And so, the Canon 7D won hands down. This was a no-brainer decision for me: I do not really like zoom lenses, I will only use them when absolutely FORCED to do so. My Canon 10-22mm EF-S lens is the only exception (and that's because sometimes you can't back-up far enough when there is a wall in the way, ha). A camera lens should exceed the specifications and quality of the digital sensor. Why degrade your maximum potential image quality with an inferior lens? Fixed lenses at comparable focal lengths will always trump the quality of zoom lenses (my opinion of course). So anyhow, I already owned a bunch of fixed length EF-S (and compatible) lens and that made my decision easy: The 7D is the best Canon currently has to offer for EF-S lens users. If you've loved your previous Canon D/SLR cameras, you won't be disappointed with this model. It's packed full of new creative ideas, what with so many new features to play around with. If you are new to photography though, and/or have never used an D/SLR camera before, I wouldn't recommend this model even if money is no object. It has far too many features and options for the experienced photographer and too few of the same for beginners and casual photographers. Also, this camera is great for creating technically challenging stationary video shots. You can use all your cool lenses to create stunning video. The 7D is not a camcorder and you.wouldn't want to try to use it as such. This is not something you would want to walk around with while capturing video because, essentially, there is no live/servo auto-focus (you know how an SLR focuses and you wouldn't want that happening in your video as you panned about recording your scene). And you'll want to use a fixed exposure setting on video too because auto-exposure isn't that great while panning about, it's too steppy (or whatever it's called when suddenly your video ISO drops in half as you pan across a room and encounter an illuminated lamp in your scene, ha). Oh, and the 60 fps video is super cool and opens up a lot of creative possibilities. Awesome camera. The only thing that would have prevented my purchasing this model would have been the availability of a superior Canon model that was compatible with their EF-S lenses. The only con I would like to mention is that stupid white box in the middle of live-display when in video mode. Get rid of it.


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Excellent SLR camera

By Fashionista 79 from Pasadena Ca on 12/04/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet

Cons:

Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I shot most of the time women`s Fashion and this camera is really good I love to shoot action shots and Canon 7D does it very well.


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Lovely Camera, a 5 star!

By Brazuka from Boston, MA on 12/02/2010


Pros:

Battery Life, Features Flash Control, Speed, Robust, Weatherproof, Superb Lcd Quality, Built Quality, Controls

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My first DSLR, and so far the best purchase I've ever made in the past few years! I can say with confidence that this could be easily considered Canon's Flagship camera. Built quality is impressive, speed is unmatchable. Picture quality, lets not even go there... simply amazing! I'm a Canon fan, and I find myself comparing this camera with other brand cameras, and I still think I've made the best purchase. Great video capabilities. Put a good L lens on it and you'll be amazed! The only regret that I have is to have never purchased it sooner. Now go shoot...!! Enjoy it !!


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Loose the white box.

By Aumond from Eugene, OR on 12/02/2010


Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 7D is a great idea and could be very versatile if Canon would have an option for disabling the white box in the LCD screen that also goes out with the connections. This is a very bad design. The rest of the camera is up to Canon's standards.


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GREAT Cam

By SeaHunt from New Haven, IN on 11/20/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my third Digital Cam and my first Canon it takes great pic's. I have 2 lens 28-135mm and 70-300mm. I shoot all kinds of pic's Cars and a lot of WWII equipment, as well as airplanes. It does a GREAT job. If you are looking for a light weight cam then this one is not for you it is a BIG Cam and has some weight to it. I like it think you would too.


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Great overall quality - bad audio.

By Palegolas from Oslo on 11/19/2010


Pros:

High Quality Raw Footage, High Quality Bundled Photo Software, High Quality Hd Video, Multiple Raw Resolutions

Cons:

Automatic Audio Gain Always On, Noisy Audio, Unsuitable For Live Video Use, Compression Artifacts Issues In Blurry Mid Grays

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 7D takes great pictures and shoots great movies. The in-camera software is efficient, and it all performs great. The different RAW resolutions is a great option. Shooting RAW produces images so much better than JPEG so I've stopped shooting JPG all together and settled for M-RAW resolution and format. ---------------------------------------------------- I noticed that when using the bundled Digital Photo Professional there is almost always a good thing to bringing down the contrast on a RAW picture. The RAW footage contains a lot of light, and bringing down the contrasts often takes the footage to something more reminiscent of what your eyes see, and of what traditional film photographs looks like. Canon, why don't you optimize this a little already in the camera to avoid post production needs? Bringing down contrasts traditionally makes images grayish and boring, and high contrasts has since the introduction of digital photography become a very common way to make images stand out. However Digital Photo Professional does a great job with treating low contrast RAW images. Give it a shot. It's beautiful! ---------------------------------------------------- The video is overall of great quality. The full HD mode is truly stunning. The roller shutter problem (image stretching when moving camera/ subjects) is not that bad! Hand held footage will suffer the most, but mostly because the dSLR form factor: sensor being in the center of the device, amplifies even the tiniest shake many times over. Add a tripod to your hand held footage to add some off centered weight and most shakiness is gone. While the 720p mode looks great in most situations, it clearly bears a mark of lower capture resolution probably being interpolated. This can sometimes produce visible moir or just jagginess on horizontal lines or details. But the good thing with this is that the sensor seems to capture the data much faster and the roller shutter problem is even smaller in 720p mode. ---------------------------------------------------- Mostly the compression looks really good. However in blurry mid grays there is apparent banding and compression artifacts going on. And looking at the bitrate, it's very high, makes me wonder if there could be some serious work on the h.264 encoder, making higher quality on a somewhat lower bitrate. Canon, what say you? ---------------------------------------------------- The audio however, is another story. The built-in microphone captures the sound in mono through four tiny little needle sized holes in the shell. It sounds like you can imagine. Very simple, not very atmospheric. Connecting an external microphone you can achieve much better results, and in stereo as well. However, even the most untrained ear will spot the weakness straight away. NOISE! This is especially apparent when using high quality external microphones. The built-in automatic gain controllers are constantly at work, and you cannot switch them off. It appears the pre-amp in the 7D is very noisy. And the automatic gain isn't always something you want when you're shooting something other than just hobby footage. And should you be using external gear to treat the sound before it goes into the camera - the in-camera automatic gain control and noisy preamp is destroying your fine audio work. ---------------------------------------------------- Planning to use the 7D for live-footage with streaming footage to video cards/ devices? Not a great idea, since the big, fat, white focus/zoom-square covers the middle of the screen - and even sends that out on all video signals as well. Please Canon - make an option to remove the white focus/zoom square! It drives me mad! The camera supports Live-View over USB, so theoretically developers could write a bridge between the live-view stream to a computer operating system's video architecture and live streaming could be possible! However at this time - I haven't found any software for Mac OS X doing this. I found a solution for Windows but I haven't been able to test it since I'm on a Mac. I think this is something Canon themselves should provide. Live View is streaming in a resolution somewhere between SD and HD, it looks pretty good - and would be extremely useful should Canon provide a solution for live-view to QuickTime video-in for example. Keeping in mind that any dirty 10 years old holiday DV-camera supports this through firewire it's a big step back for live-video these days when flash cards, h.264 and USB are pro. Live streaming cameras are hard to come by. ---------------------------------------------------- Overall I think it's a great camera. High quality build, photos and movies. It's fantastic to see how far dSRL cameras has come in just the last couple of years. The shortcomings on the audio may be an issue to virtually everybody. The shortcomings on using it for live-video purposes may be an issue to users with more professional interests. ---------------------------------------------------- Thank you. /Palegolas


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Especially good with long fast glass

By Ray from Washington, DC on 11/18/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This site named "PhotoFramd" has a wealth of good 7D information. If you have read some of the comments about soft focus, they have an article there that is almost certain to help. I do sports photography and often need auto focus. This replaced my aging 20D.


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Be Warned

By Prosportsshooter from NY on 11/14/2010


Cons:

Some Units Have Soft Focus Issues, Customer Service Attempts To Convince You That It

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Too many units out there with soft focus issues. You are playing Russian Roulette when you make a purchase. There are units that work fine right out of the box, and those that leave professional photographers scratching their heads. Your warranty and dealer return/exchange policy should be placed in a safety deposit box after making the purchase.


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Amazing Camera

By Fav Aunt Dawn from Deptford, NJ on 11/05/2010


Pros:

Easy To Use, Great Pictures, Full Of Features

Cons:

A Little Heavy With The Lens

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My husband bought me this camera to replace my Rebel Xsi. The 7D is an amazing camera from the fully automatic to the self-programing modes. It is easy to learn and a joy to use. I have not taken a "bad" shot yet. I use it to take pics of my grandchildren in their daily activities and spoting events.


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Product Satisfaction Guaranteed

By Gil from Toms River, New Jersey on 11/04/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been using 'digital camera' for 8 years now. I started with the Canon power shot A610, which I found it very satisfying for a starter. With the results that I have, I was encouraged to purchase a better camera with the latest model (at that time), Rebel XSi, and still keep my power shot model. I used my XSi with my 18-55mm IS lens mostly on landscape and sports/action. Very satisfied with the results, it encouraged me with more interest on photography and decided to trade and upgrade the camera with latest 7D including a new set of lenses - 18-135mm IS and 70-300mm IS - and still keep the power shot model (used for 'not-so-serious' shooting). I never had 2nd thought of considering other brands. With my Canon 7D and the new set of lense, I find it very satisfying on performance, quality, feature and price/value. I love photography using my Canon 7D. Now I'm considering a Canon macro lense. Saying: 'My fingers become itchy when I can't hold and click my camera in a day'.


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Almost 5 stars but...............

By Joe The Cat from Hartford, CT on 11/02/2010


Pros:

Nice Display, Superior Image Quality, Easy Use

Cons:

Terrible Audio, Needs Firmware Upgrade, Noisy

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Purchased the 7D a couple of weeks back to upgrade from my 40D. I liked the idea of being able to use my L lenses to shoot video as well as still images. This is a great camera except for the audio limiter that produces unacceptable results when using the video function. A firmware upgrade is definitely needed to address this problem. Considering the cost of this camera this is an issue that Canon needs to address to make this a 5 star camera.


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Incredible Camera - Challenge for First-Time SLR

By JeffreyDC from Austin, Texas on 10/31/2010


Pros:

Bracketing Of Photos Is A Handy Feature, Incredible Solid Construction, Great Ergonomics Make It Easy To Hold And Use, Capable Of Performing Nearly Any Photographic Task

Cons:

Complicated But Capable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Canon 7D is a superb, high quality, very capable camera that takes incredible photos. I have been impressed by the quality of the construction, the weather-proofing, and the solid performance. The 7D will meet the needs of discerning photographers and videographers and I suspect that veteran users will not be disappointed. That said, because it is so capable and because it is targeted at semi-pro users, it does not have many of the custom settings preinstalled that more casual photographers rely on. For example, just taking casual photos at a dinner party takes a bit more programming than I expected, especially if using a high-quality faster lens. This is due to the shallow depth of field in wider aperture lenses which leads many new users to suspect focusing problems. The problem is remedied on the 7D by shooting in aperture priority mode at a smaller aperture and setting an ideal ISO. On many other, less capable and lower end cameras, this is done automatically through a custom setting. That said, this is the best camera I've ever owned or used and I think it is superior to competing cameras in the same price range. I would recommend this camera wholeheartedly to anyone who is serious about photography and who wants to have the best Canon camera on which to learn and practice their art. But, for the casual user, I'd suggest looking a little lower -- and still gettting superb quality images -- in the Canon T1i, T2i, or 60D.


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Excellent Camera

By gohan from North Carolina on 10/30/2010


Pros:

It's Sooo Fast

Cons:

Owner's Manual Could Be Better Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I very happy with my Canon 7d. It is an upgrade from a Canon T1i that served me well but was in effect what "training wheels" are to learning to ride a bicycle. I feel like I have finally grabbed onto a really powerful camera in the form of the 7d. It is a red hot camera of incredible ability. I'm easily getting the action shots of high speed aircraft and night shots that I have always wanted. I'm putting a lot less attention on the camera and more on the subject. It's becoming intuitive. But I'd like to point out the Canon Tutorials for the 7d are well made and instructive and helped to make the jump relatively painless from the T1i, although there was a lot more to learn. My Canon EF 24 -105mm 1:4L lens is a constant companion with my 7d and the results are spectacular. Thank you Canon!


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Best Crop frame camera on the market

By DarkBluAngel from Southern California on 10/27/2010


Pros:

Very Sharp Pixs When Set Up Right, Great In Low Light, Rugged Body, 8fps, Price

Cons:

Should Have Been Full Frame

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

If you want the best crop frame camera on the market that can do pretty much everything good to excellent. Will folks, your search is over! Look no further! This is the one. If someone tells you megapixs don't mean nothing. I can tell you, their probably trying to sale you a film camera.


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Disappointed to say the least

By Mjrtoo from Minneapolis, MN on 10/24/2010


Pros:

Size, Build Quality, Features

Cons:

Photo Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

The only reason I bought this camera was because of the size, I originally had the T2i and I loved it, took great pictures. I didn't expect my pictures to be any better since it's the identical sensor as the T2i, but I did expect them to be the same, and they are not. I know a there are a lot of so-called explanations like 'you're shooting with too slow shutter', or, 'your lenses aren't good enough', or, 'You don't know what you're doing' it goes on and on. But the simple fact of the matter is, this camera cannot take sharp pictures. They look fantastic in the viewfinder and preview, but in RAW, they look absolutely soft. Sure, you can correct for SOME of that in Lightroom or DPP, but come on..they look like really bad even in comparison to my T2i. I've done all the tests, checked for focus issues, it's in focus just soft.


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Great Camera...Could be unreal

By Weidscreen from Midwest on 10/21/2010


Pros:

Lightweight, Price, Video Quality, Huge Selection Of Lenses, Auto-focus For Pix

Cons:

No Audio Levels, No Live Autofocus In Movie Mode, No Manual Audio Control, 4gb Record Limit In Movie Mode

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera shoot by far the best video I have ever seen and the fact that it is soooooo cheap is unheard of. Definitely recommend. PLEASE CANON MAKE A NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE!


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Quality Build and Images

By sierra-life from Sierra | Tahoe | Nevada on 10/16/2010


Pros:

Great Images., Has Many Great Features But More Than I Need.

Cons:

Has A Higher Iq Than Me.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had been running into more and more situations where clients had been yearning for slightly higher image output resolution than I was able to produce with my 40D. I was on the fence between the 7d and 5d but the 5d would have been an extra stretch financially at the moment. The biggest mental hurdle to jump with the 7d were the multitude of reviews I had read reaming the camera for soft images (possibly by other camera company employees?). I have all "L" glass and when combined with the 7d's ability to micro-adjust each lens specifically the result is tack sharp images. While I was making up my mind on updating to the 7d or 5d a client actually rented me a 1ds MKIII for a weekend shoot for some outdoor images they needed. I have a hunch I will really like the 5d as my next upgrade, but I actually enjoy shooting my 7d more than the I did the 1ds MKIII. Didn't have much time to get the 1ds dialed in, but I thought the images were a little too warm in comparison.


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Best Camera Ever Owned

By Canon Shooter from Washington on 10/14/2010


Pros:

Awsome Image Quality, Weather Sealing, Speed, Fast 19 Point Af, Magnesium Alloy Body, Solid

Cons:

Can't Think Of Any

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

When I first took the 7D out of the box I could tel that it was a solid camera. My new 7D Totally out did my old Rebel XS!! Some of the things I like Best about this camera is SUPER FAST AF I hardly ever find it searching . And when you combine that with the 8fps Speed you have a Awsome Action Camera Another Awsome thing about the 7D is the Weather Sealing. I took it out in some pouring down rain and got it all wet. It performed just fine!!!! I took some really cool videos of the rain pouring down! Some other things I love about this camera is the image quality at high ISO's the 19 Point AF And just soooo many other things Over all I like this Camera better that the 5D Mark II it is so much faster!!! One thing I think Canon should ad to the 7D is a full Frame sensor but Im sure that will come!!


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Awesome Camera!

By KLong from Bossier City on 10/08/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is by far the Best Canon Camera I've ever owned. I started out with a Canon A-1 Film 35mm to a Canon 20D, 30D now this 7D OMG so awesome. can't brag enough. pricey but u do get what you pay for and it's worth every penny of it. I will sell my 20D and use my 30D for backup. Canon rocks!! too bad they changed the battery due to I have several oh well. it happens. Thank you Canon.


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Great camera - however missing menu options

By Stu from Charlottesville, VA on 10/02/2010


Pros:

Easy To Use

Cons:

Menu Options Missing

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera but total bummed that all the menu options shown in the users manual are not available in the camera


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SUPERB Camera

By Graybeard from San Antonio, TX on 09/09/2010


Pros:

100% Viewfinder, Improved Low Noise Sensor, Built In Remote Flash Control, Hd Video, 18 Mp Supports Tight Cropping, Very Programable Menu, Weathersealed

Cons:

Complex Capbilities Long Learning Curve, Needs Top Quality Lenses(spell Expensive), Should Come With A Lens Equa To The Quality Of The, Needs Monopod For Stable Video (may Be Me)

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am an amateur photographer and have had the 7D for about 11 months. It has taken me a while to learn to use all of great features like the built-in remote flash capability, the fast, accurate 19 point autofocus (5 different AF modes), and the 8 frames per second. But, from the first day my photography was improved and has continued to improve as I continue to learn (Dont miss Canons excellent Digital Learning Center tutorials, tips & techniques). The solid feel of the body speaks to you every time you pick it up. The 100% viewfinder image, the improved ISO (good as shot up to 800, and I get good useable images up to 3200 ISO with Lightroom 3), and the great depth of field effects from the crop sensor (1.6) all help to boost your confidence whether shooting fast action night football ,dimly lit dance stages or outdoor family reunions. My 7D, however, came with a kit lens (28-135). While the lens is useable, its slow to focus, loud, a little soft at both ends, and lacks sufficient range for my needs. I would have much preferred Canon to have shipped the 7D with the 15-85 (or a 70-200 f4 IS {:<)). I take a lot of pictures of my family (football, dance reviews, vacations, etc.), so far, over 8000 images since I got the7D. My keep rate has gone from less than 30% to about 80% after acquiring the 7D and a couple of decent lenses. I had some older third-party EOS lens which worked fine for my old Canon film camera. Those lenses also functioned on the 7D, but the images were usually just not adequate. I currently have the EFS 10-22, a 17-50 f2.8, and a EF 70-300. My 70-300 is soft near 300 so am hoping to upgrade to the new 70-300L or to a 70-200 f4 IS. I have tried a number of different lenes on the 7D body (bought, borrowed, and leased) and I believe L or other top quality lenses are almost a must for this camera as the 18mp sensor will reveal even the slightest lens flaw. I would recommend this camera to any serious amateur, but if you just want to shoot a few good snapshots then look toward something like the Powershot S95 or the G11.


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Cinema quality package

By Charlie from Los Angeles on 09/06/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is amazing. Pro cinema quality pack into a small camera.


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EOS 7D Awesome Camera

By real frank review from Atlanta, GA on 08/23/2010


Pros:

Detail Of Pictures Are Unbelieveable, Wonderful Versitility In Video Mode And Speed Mode, Love The Extened Battery Base Grip, "aa" Battery Magazines Available, Superfast Focus, Superfast Camera Action

Cons:

Wish It Would Time Stamp Photo's Sometimes, A Little Heavy And Bulky With Base Grip

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used this Camera for 6 months now (told myself I would wait to write a review until I used it more than a few days). All I can say is AWESOME CAMERA. Every Picture is crisp and clear even when speed shooting. We tend to take 10 to 12 action shots of our children and they all look great. I couldn't ask for a better camera. When in HD film capture mode the camera is better than our dedicated video recorder. When we bought this camera we bought it frame only and are using 2 lenses that were purchased for my old canon back in 1996 and it works fabulously I can only dream of what a newer uptodate lens would do with it.


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Does everything well!

By loveskiing from Portland, Or on 08/21/2010


Pros:

Best Camera I Have Ever Owned

Cons:

Wish It Was A Full Frame, I Can Do Without Video

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned the 7d for 8 months now and have shot hundreds of images in a variety of shooting conditions. This Camera suprises every time I shot. Auto focus setting(s) are very accurate , images are of high resolution, rich in color and with good lenses will stand up to any of the Canon Camera line.


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Quality Continues

By pinguino from El Paso, TX on 08/17/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After retiring my 30+ year-old Canon A-1, the EOS 7D continues the tradition of Canon Quality. Not able to afford the EOS 1D series nor the 5D II, I managed to "splurge" for the 7D. I don't regret it. This camera has all the features I need and much more. 18 megapixels is amazing as the quality of the photos are excellent, even when cropped to a small portion of the orginal shot. The default exposure metering is very accurate, but one still has the option of "tweaking" the exposure settings as desired. The various feature options and settings are logically arranged and easily changed. The viewfinder is large and bright while the autofocus choices are many without being overwhelming. The autofocus is "right-on," The wireless flash capabilities are extremely welcome as I no longer have to fumble/stumble over wires and cables. Truly, an excellent camera!


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TERRIBLE Focusing Issues

By L to the T from New York, NY on 08/15/2010


Pros:

Add A Pro

Cons:

Add A Con

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

All I have to say is, "Go ahead and google the term 'Canon 7D focusing issues' when you get the chance." Enough said. Don't take my word for it. Take the points of views and opinions of users, as they talk about the focusing issues I have experienced since day ONE with my Canon 7D. PRO: The HD Video is great..!! - Just a NY Pro


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Makes me look more skilled

By Stressor from Wisconsin on 08/13/2010


Pros:

Add A Pro

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The potential for creative photography with this camera appears to be nearly unlimited, and I have truly enjoyed working my way through the learning curve. The 7D is a complex instrument in many ways, but could not be simpler to use if that is what is needed due to the flexibility of the automatic settings. I would recommend it to anyone who has a desire to become a better photographer and who is willing to spend some time being critical of their own work. The software that comes with it, the manual, and the available on line assistance is of very high quality and very helpful. All things considered, the D7 package is very well put together.


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good color , alot of ...

By john from Louisiana on 08/12/2010


Pros:

All Good Get One You Will Love It

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

good color , alot of settings . it will fire 430exii and 580exii from the pop up flash this is nice . the 8fps is nice to . if you never shot 8fps you will see the shots you have missed . I wish it was a full 35 but its not its a 1.6 crop . after i got use to it and ajusted some settings i find my self useing it more then my T1i . I used mine for 2 weeks to see what it was doing befor i made any ajustments . after i ajusted the settings I was like wow.


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Improvement

By larry from Bremerton on 08/12/2010


Pros:

Add A Pro

Cons:

Add A Con

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The camera is a giant step up from the 40 D. faster, sharper. The quality shot at 800 and under are great. I was disappointed at 1600+, the Mark III is better, and it's has a red cast ion nside shots. The price is affordable, and it is fast enough to shoot sports, so you don't have to spend the big bucks for a Mark III or IV. Has a nice feel to it. I wish they wouldn't have changed the battery. It means carrying another charger.


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Quality EOS 7D

By bee7474 from West Coast on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Easy Of Use Quality Good Battery Life

Cons:

Non

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased the 7D because I wanted to upgrade from the 50D which is a great camera with beautiful pictures, but I like new challenges and learning about new things so I bought the 7D. I couldn't be happier, the 7D is easier to use than the 50 D and takes great pictures plus with the 18.0 megapixel you can do a lot of cropping. They moved the on and off button to a much better place. The battery has good life and the size of the camera is easy to handle. I tried the 1D, but it was much heavier than the 7D. I use Canon products because of their quality and the support team is excellent. For me the 7D was a little expensive, but worth the sacrifice


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great camera

By Dan from Oregon on 08/10/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

By far the finest camera I have ever owned. Operator friendly, quality construction and exceptional pictures. The T series are lighter but I prefer the construction of the 7D. Well worth the price.


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Great Camera

By Oglebooger from Lebanon, TN on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Exceptional Color/ Quality

Cons:

Kit Lens Could Be Better Quality.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

A great camera. The quality and performance live up to the name. Unfortunately the lens in the kit is somewhat sloppy. It creeps to the zoom settings when hanging around your neck. I see movement in the viewfinder when it is focusing. Despite keeping the camera very clean dirt has appeared inside the lens. This is my first Cannon and I will buy Cannon again when the time comes.


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Fantastic Camera

By Anonymous from Colorado on 08/10/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have a 50D and love it, but the 7D just does some things better. The 7D takes very good low light photos. Is it as good as the full frame sensor Canons? No, but it isn't bad. Even at very high ISO, I have never taken a photo that was so bad that Photoshop couldn't easily fix it. I have never had a "quality" problem with my 7D photographs. This is a complicated camera. One wrong setting can cause problems with your photographs. One thing I have noticed. If you don't use the best lenses that you can afford (I use mostly "L" Glass), that 18 Megapixel sensor will "feature" every flaw in your lens. My 50D will do the same thing. The 7D is built like a tank, focuses fast and accurately, generates beautiful colors, has given me some outstanding photographs, and is well balanced. I love it!


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Excellent Camera, Excellent Value

By TinKicker from Washington DC on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Great Burst Shooting, Great Accessories, High End Features

Cons:

None!

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased the EOS 7D after exhaustive research. I read every website and article I could find on digital SLR cameras. I narrowed the field down to the 7D and 5D. I looked at feature comparisons and since my work doesn't require a full frame sensor camera, the 7D won out. Even with the full frame sensor, the 5D doesn't have all of the features of the 7D. Learning to use the camera has been a blast. My wife and I have used Canon still and video cameras for years for work and travel, and once you learn the basic logic, shooting is easy (like computer OS's, each manufacturer has their own logic). The image quality is excellent. I shot some photos at a family function just after getting the camera. People complemented me on the photo quality and by the end, everyone wanted copies. Low light shooting is magnificent and it is one of the best cameras I have used in lower light. I have been using the battery grip with two batteries and have yet to run out of power during a full day of shooting. Make sure to get the biggest UDMA CF card you can find, you will be glad you did, especially if you shoot RAW and JPEG simultaneously. Overall, I highly recommend this camera. If you do not have to have a full frame sensor, then this is THE camera for you. It is truly the best hardware purchase I have ever made.


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Great Camera - for Photo and Video

By Matt from Portland, OR on 08/10/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was a bit skeptical about buying this camera because I'm a filmmaker and shoot photos as a hobby - but decided to upgrade to it. I've been running around doing test filming and taking pictures all I can and I've been really impressed and happy with the purchase. It's the best SLR I've owned. So many options to help you get the look you want. The video capabilites are really great too. Obviously, this is a stills camera first - so it doesn't have everything I would love for it to, but it's still wonderful for filming. I really think it's a great camera.


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Fantastic action camera

By hh123 from San Diego on 08/10/2010


Pros:

8 Fps, Consistent And Fast Focusing, Very Ergonomical, Near Pro Build Quality

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Fantastic camera for those who know what they want. I could not be happier to see revolutionary improvements from my Rebel XSi, in terms of focusing speed and accuracy, ergonomics and image processing power. A few other observations Battery life. It consistently runs over 1,200 shots on one charge, just enough to fill my 32GB CF card with RAW. Live view model and video usage will cut this number dramatically. Video only mode can get ~30 minute 1080P/30fps on one charge. IQ. It can't beat 5DM2 for portrait tasks, especially in low light. But shots taken @ISO 200 during a wedding came almost indistinguishable to my pro friend Weight. Not big deal to me but just enough to discourage my wife - female uses might want to take note Video. The results are very impressive, but usability is poor. Do it with at least a tripod and external mic. Otherwise it's easy to shake when zooming/focusing, and mechanical sounds, including the lens zoom/IS noise, always show up in the recordings. Lens. Due to higher pixel density than 5DM2 it requires L grade glass to get full resolution, otherwise consider using M or S modes - save you from wasting card/disk space. JPEG. Stunning quality straight off the camera. Don't waste time converting RAW on a computer unless you are making a poster, your lens has significant distortion and/or aberrations, or you need the 1EV headroom for highlights


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Everything and more than I expected

By Jeane from Kentucky on 08/10/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I never thought I could have a camera of this quality. It is fast and gives me the ability to produce better shots than I ever expected. It is built well. I love the overall performance of this camera. I had a Canon XTi prior to this camera, and the 7D is wonderfully superior.


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GREAT CAMERA

By DUCATI 999 from CALIFORNIA on 07/20/2010


Pros:

Auto Focus Is Fast, Lots Of Features, Solid Feel, Great Burst

Cons:

Noisey At Higher Iso

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love this camera. Solid, Great features and fast. A little noisey at higher ISO but not bad.


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Top of the heap.

By gotsail from Webster, MA on 07/19/2010


Pros:

Ergonomical, Easy Operation, Very High Resolution

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Strong sturdy construction. All the new features make this camera stand out among the hundreds that try to emulate it. The HD video is second to none found in any DSLR that I have used. I also have a Canon cam corder, and it rarely gets used now. It is very important to have a proper CF card in order to make a quality video. Once you have all the settings customized the way you like, this camera is a pleasure to use. I use "L" series lenses, and this the 7D performs like a professional.


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Great Camera

By Adam from Ashburn, VA on 07/12/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I added 7d about 6 months ago after my wife took interest in our T1i. There are so many nice features in this camera, but the focusing system is amazing. The ability to quickly switch AF points/zones is very handy when shooting action. Servo focus is very accurate. Image sharpness is very good and with L-series lens borderline amazing. Remote flash is a welcomed addition. Although this is my primary still camera, I increasingly find myself shooting video with it.


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Disappointed

By Fran from Dillsburg, PA on 07/07/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use

Cons:

Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I purchased the 7D thinking I was upgrading from the 5D I had been happy with. I do mainly studio and outside portraits. The images from my 7D are not near as sharp as my 5D and are quite grainy compaired to the 5D especially with large groups. I keep going back to my 5D and using the 7D as a backup. I am very disappointed with the quality of the images. The camera operation and features are great but I can't get past the quality.


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Nice but noisy.

By Nach from Undisclosed on 07/07/2010


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought the 7d as an upgrade for my XT. The 7D is packed with great features, but its biggest problem is its noise, even at relatively low iso, and don't even think about 12,800. At iso 400 noise already starts becoming a problem. DPP makes it a little better, but I don't want to spend my time reducing noise when it shouldn't even be this bad in the first place. Its an A- right now, but take away the noise and its an A+


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Canon hit it out of the park

By Sportsmom65 from Rural Oregon on 06/29/2010


Pros:

Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

We bought this camera as an upgrade for a rebel and have not regretted it. We had a list of features and performance that this camera meets or exceeded. We shoot mainly family, portraits, indoor and outdoor sports, and landscapes. The 8FPS makes sports photos a breeze and ease to capture the right moment. The AF system is fast, accurate, and you have more choices now on how to use the AF system. We are now able to shoot basketball without a flash and get great pictures. The files are a bit noisy at higher ISO but clean up nicely with noise reduction software. Our favorite new feature is the remote flash master. I never knew how much I needed this. We now have the flash off the camera and at a more pleasing angle. This camera is outstanding and we don't even shoot video. This camera takes a bit to get use too. Remember we upgraded from a simple rebel. Yes, the menus and controls are complications but not difficult with practice because you have much more control over every aspect of the camera. Many more choices. It is heavier then a rebel because of the large battery and the fact it is make of metal not plastic. The only real surprise for us was the size of the files. At 8FPS and 18MP you will eat up a small memory card and your hard drive quickly. I suggest a minimum of a fast 8G card and look at a computer upgrade in the near future. We have. Thanks Canon for another great camera.


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1st Slr Camera

By Chirontll34 from Albuquerque, NM on 06/27/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use

Cons:

Better Kit Lens, Noisy, No Carrying Case

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is great, takes great raw pics, Feels really solid. Focus in great, a lot of menu settings. Pic quality is great, really good LCD screen, bright, and clear. shooting while recording a movie is great. the 1080p full hd is awesome. even thou u have to manual focus. monochrome photos come out great. Flash works great. still getting use tot he camera, so far i love this camera. can't wait to get more lenses and the wireless trasnmitter. A must buy if your getting into SLR. Price a lil high, but worth the money.


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Indy MotoGP Ready!

By Ducati GP from Oceanside, CA on 06/24/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Slightly Heavy If I Had To Add One

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had my 7D for a few months and it's been an incredible ride, fast smooth and sexy. I upgraded from a 50D which I had for 6 months cause I wanted the HD video feature and more. Ever picture has been accurate and perfect no bad shots, So with that I really can't wait to take my girl to Indy MotoGP and let her loose on the track!!! If your on the fence about this camera-DON'T PASS IT UP!!!! shes's a keeper---Love You Canon see you in Indy.....


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How about a firmgrade upgrade addressing Auto ISO?

By calexe from Bucharest, Romania on 06/23/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Excellent Customisation, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Poor Ae In Evaluative Metering

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

--- Most things being already said and kown I would not repeat them. Bottom line, as far as I am convcerned:: excellent AF system, very good customisation possibilities, image quality could be better. --- I am writing this review hoping that Canon might address following issue in future firmware upgrade. This is about Auto ISO. It is a pitty that 7D misses some configuration methods for this functions. --- First, when in M program, one can set aperture and shutter speed and camera will adjust ISO to get the optimum expusure. This is fine. Unfortunately the evaluative metering of 7D is far from good, there are many situations when you cannot rely on it and you need to compensate AE. It would be perfect if the user would have some possibility to dial in some AEC in such a situation. Maybe in next firmware upgrade? --- Second, when using Auto ISO in AV or TV, camera tends to adjust shutter speed or, respectively, aperture to certain numbers, then it begins to adjust ISO in order to obtain the needed exposure. It would be fine if the user could setup those limits for shutter speed and aperture.


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HD Video and the AGC

By Swooby from Germany on 06/23/2010


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Noisy, Missing Features/settings, Automatic Gain Control

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am working with CANON products for more than 10 Years (XM1, XM2, 350D and 7D). I'm happy with the great qualitiy of the camcorders/DSLRs and the results they produce(d). Everything is great (thats why I always choose(d) CANON products) EXCEPT the consideration of customer requests and support for the CANON 7D Soundproblems. This is such a great device for HighDefinition Filmmaking, but why is there no adequate Soundrecording control? The problem, which EVERY 7D Filmmaker critizises, is the AGC (Automatic Gain Control") at MIC Input. Plug the best external Mic you can buy on the DSLR. The sound will still be miserable, full of noise and hiss. And nobody knows why! CANON: please give the customers the same sound recording options they already have with the great picture/movie quality options. Why should I use the 7D for filmmaking, if theres no option for MANUAL GAIN CONTROL?!


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Wanted to love it, BUT

By JD from Chico, CA on 06/23/2010


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use

Cons:

Inconsistent Af In Servo Mode, Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I tried two different bodies and experienced the same problem with both, neither one could focus consistently in AI Servo mode. One shot mode produces lovely,clear, high res shots with so much detail, keeper rate in servo was less than 20%. I'm no noobe, I have shot with 30d, 50d, 5d, 5dMark2 and 1dMarkIII, with no problems. The 7d cannot focus accurately, even with focus lock exactly where I want it to be! For now, I'll stick to the 1d for my action shots. Maybe Canon will work out the bugs in a month or two.


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Great Camera but...

By photobug junky from Bellefonte, PA on 06/19/2010


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Great Images, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Sensor Needs To Be 1.3x, Noisy, Small Sensor Size, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I think this is a great camera, it has a lot of features that you would look for in a camera...However, the one down side is the small sensor size. It is my opinion that the sensor size in the camera is too small, the 1.6x cropped sensor size is awful in low light, I don't know why the 1.3x cropped sensor wasn't used when it still would be an affordable solution (they may have had to charge 100-200 more dollars, however still affordable), this would be a solution to the lower light issue this camera has with its performance. Other than that the Canon 7D is great for all types of photos, whether you're taking photos of a model or taking shoots at the local skate park, with up to 8 frames per second you can take action shots or pay close attention to detail with the next young aspiring model that is attempting to be on America's Next Top Model. The features are easy to control in the camera, it is missing a few features that lower priced canons posses (such as the preset setting with rabbit/faster shutter speed), however you can control the settings in the C1, C2, C3 settings (such as the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc...). So overall I think this is a great camera, just a small sensor size (1.6x cropped instead of 1.3x cropped, which is should have been). Also use the Manuel focus to get sharper images, I find that the auto focus is softer (except with the L-Series lenses). So all in all the 7D is great.


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dead/hot pixels at high ISOs and Long exposures

By canon_dj from San Jose on 06/19/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I bought this camera to do some serious night photography. But found dead/hot pixels in the images when blown up. Day time shot are good. I changed 3 7Ds all had the same problem.


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7D

By me-town from Seattle, WA on 06/17/2010


Pros:

Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Difficult To Use, Heavy/bulky, Complicated Controls/menu, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

7D is a great camera and a significant improvement over the 50D. I have gone through the following Canon's 10D, 20D, 40D, 50D, and now 7D. It's my feeling that the 40D was the greatest leap (maybe because I skipped the 30D) and the best value until the 7D. Though it costs a little more, it is in a different league. I've used the same lenses throughout and tests obviously show the cameras get progressively better. In my experience the 40D was the easiest camera to pick up without a plan and produce the highest percentage of really sharp pictures. The 7D is close to the 40D for percentage of good shots, but not quite there. The 50D was a fantastic camera, but you had to earn the photos and really think about what were doing to get the high quality pictures out of it. The 7D lacks the easy mode settings and I miss them dearly. I really liked the 50D mode button layout and wish that would have come forward. I'm all for manual mode abilities, but sometimes I just want to hit the dummy button and push the trigger. The video in the 7D is great when using a tripod and your subjects stay in place. But it is very hard to keep things in focus, you really have to pre-compose your shots and not have a lot of movement or you notice it later while editting. I am annoyed that the 7D shares the battery and power accessories of the 5D and not the 10D, 20D, 40D, and 50D since that is what I moved from and had lots of spares. On the plus side, the 7D uses off the shelf cheap IR pocket remotes and I no longer need the 1800's tech wired shutter remote. However, the camera times out which is incredibly frustrating. I'm all for a power save OPTION, but it should not be the detault. I want to be able to leave the camera on focused on an object waiting for my IR remote to trigger until the camera loses battery or the power supply fails. It's completely annoying and counter productive to have it time out in the remote mode. If I'm setting up something remote, I should be able to sit there forever without having to go back to the camera. Each camera I've owned listed above would aquire dust spots. Usually removable with following the cleaning procedures and a little blow thingy to clear or diminish the impact. So far the 7D has not had so much as a tiny spec. By now based on my history of use, I should have gotten some dust in there. I don't know if its the improved coating, the improved auto dust cleaning, or blind luck, but the sensor is spotless and I've done nothing special. I am extremely happy with that aspect of the camera.


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Use it awhile, you will like it.

By Tankman from Montana on 06/15/2010


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Could Care Less About The Video.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had the 20d, 30d, and two 50d's as well as the 5dMark2. When I first got the 7d I didn't like it at all. I felt it shot horrible JPEG's and I was very upset with the autofocus. I have since learned that the RAW files from this camera are perhaps the sharpest most colorful I have seen out of any Canon yet. The autofocus is a different deal. Once I set the focus point to the center through programming the camera performed perfectly, much like my old EOS 3 film camera's. The problem here is that when all the focus points are set the camera will go to the movement. If the movement is the ripple and not the duck you will have a focused ripple everytime. Switch the focus to center, focus lock, and you will think this thing is a dream. Just takes a little time to figure stuff out, but don't pass on this camera.


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Very nice upgrade from 40D

By BestRunner from Milpitas, CA on 06/13/2010