The Rumored 7D is finally announced! Specs and photos!

That’s right – Canon has announced the 7D along with a couple other new lenses.  Amazing specs on it are here

Here’s a few shots from the Press Room:

Canon 7D front View

Canon 7D front View

Canon 7D Side View

Canon 7D Side View

Canon 7D Back

Canon 7D Back

Lots of specs, but most impressive to me:

  • Spot AF mode reduces the size of a single AF point to focus on small subjects like an animal in a cage.
  • AF Point Expansion mode uses a cluster of AF points adjacent to the selected AF point to automatically assist focusing on moving subjects, such as an athlete on the run.
  • Zone AF divides the 19 AF points into five selectable focusing zones and makes it easier to achieve focus with subjects that are difficult to track with Single Point AF or AF point expansion, such as birds in flight.
  • Fully manual exposure control on the video
  • The built in flash has a speedlight transmitter for controlling EOS flashes like the 580 EX II that I just bought!
  • Live view for both video and still frame work (per request in comments)
  • AND THE PRICE:  $1700 RETAIL!  OH MY GOD!  Definitely counting pennies now!
  • You can also get it with a kit lens (the 28-135 is hardly “kit”) for only $200 more at $1900


  • Retains the full frame sensor of its predecessor 5D series (per request in comments)
  • Correction:  This has TWO crop sensors:  THIS IS NOT FULL FRAME

So, what do you think?  Lots of pros, but is it a real step forward when the sensors are the APS-C sized ones?  What do you think?  Would you pay this price for another crop sensor camera?  Sound off in the comments…

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18 comments for “The Rumored 7D is finally announced! Specs and photos!

  1. Matt
    August 31, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Does it have live view? Is it a full frame sensor?

  2. August 31, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    No, it’s two crop sensors, but it does have live view for both the video and still frame work

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  4. September 1, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I dunno – after a correction to the details reveals a set of crop sensors, not sure I wanna pay that price for another crop sensor…

  5. September 1, 2009 at 12:26 am

    For $500 more than the 7D kit you can get the full frame 5DMKII. If you are upgrading then I would save a little more and go full frame.
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  6. September 1, 2009 at 12:49 am

    I think if someone is looking for a video camera and owns anything below a 40 or 50D it’s probably a nice upgrade, but it’s getting in the 5D mkII territory. Personally I’m sticking with my 50D, and I still love my Canon VIXIA HF100 for HD video. I’m one of those still cameras are still cameras and video cameras are video cameras kinda guys 🙂 all in one machines are not always the best of both Worlds.

    If it had a full frame sensor, I’d consider it.
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  7. September 1, 2009 at 5:54 am

    I own 5D Mark II, two of them and I would love to have one of these instead of one of my 5D. The new AF, FPS and flash control make this a much better photo camera and the variable frame rate make it a better video camera.

    Of course, it is not full frame. But that is about it! Everything else SEEMS better as long as you dont have to work in low light. Even then, we will have to wait for more reviews…

  8. Jim G.
    September 1, 2009 at 6:15 am

    I’m with Peter on a still camera being a still camera and if I want video mode, I’ll buy a video camera. Seems the industry is against us. 🙂 Having a 40D I’ll save longer and get the 5D Mark II. Crop and full frame; different tools for different shooting situations.

    BTW why is Canon mixing model numbers? A 7D as a crop camera and me being logical, would think a 7D is supposed to be an improvement on a 5D. Seems like this one should be a 70D. Maybe I’m too logical.

  9. September 1, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Ah, I’ve been hearing about this one…..too bad on the crop sensor. Love that it can control a wireless flash out of the box, that’s interesting to me. I have my 40D and 5D Mark II. Don’t think any new bodies are in my future.
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  10. September 1, 2009 at 7:58 am

    It would have been lunacy for Canon to bring this out as a FF. They have that 5Dmk II still on backorder and its flying off the shelves. I do like the flash controls and the level system. Canon are covering their bases, and covering them well, with this camera. It looks like a great bit of kit. I’ll be sticking with my two 5d’s and my 50d though but I can see a lot of takeup for this camera espeically in the run up to Christmas. I don’t think it will break into the pro-wedding market much though as (already stated), for around 500 USD more you can get a 5D mkII which is about as good as you can get for wedding shooting these days.
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  11. September 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I think it looks like a great buy to me. As a Pentax guy, I’ve been eyeballing the new K7 (what’s with “7” in all these new model numbers?), however, after seeing the specs on this Canon, I may reconsider.

    The debate over crop sensor vs full frame is a good one, but in my opinion, unless you really need the pro-level quality (which will not be apparent whatsoever in regular 4×6 prints) then spending all that extra money on the full frame (not to mention the EXTREME cost of glass for FF cameras) is too great to overlook. The actual quality of photos in TODAY’s crop sensor cameras are so good that it’s hard to tell the difference.

    Great post Jason, keep up the amazing work you do.
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  12. September 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I agree with you “Jim G.”!! That naming system makes NO SENSE! I also think it’s a bit misleading using that naming convention and then NOT being a FF. Really Canon?? I love you guys, but why the heck would I dole out $1700 for another crop sensor? You can bet your bottom dollar that when/IF I ever have nearly $2k to burn, I will invest in a 5D MKII without batting an eye!

    P.S. I am also a “small potatoes” photographer at the moment…and though the 7D would be considerable upgrade from my 40D, no way would I buy the 7D at that price tag. But, here’s to hoping the 7D will maybe cause a price drop in the 5D MKII…I know, wishful thinking, but I am hopelessly optimistic.

  13. Michael
    September 2, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I think canon is still trying to hold onto the crop sensor market for alil longer. I had a feeling the xxD series cameras were coming to an end with the 50D. As consumers we are always looking for the new update even when the new one is here! Maybe Canon with the new 7D is branching out to a new direction.. You can’t have the same series cameras forever, you’ll run out of numbers:-) Ok now for my thoughts about the new Canon 7D. The crop sensor was a sore spot but other features have made me look harder. The 100% viewfinder, newer focus control,onboard wireless flash system(very sweet) and my favorite a new battery! Yes the BP-511 512 have been replaced!! I bought 5 batteries for my 20D and today they still can’t keep charged, Wasn’t sure if it was batt prob or camera, so i replaced it with a new camera body and batt system! So congrates to Canon for changing the batteries!! The megapixel war is done in my eyes, who cares if it 15 or 18 megapixel it’s still not a full frame! Canon had a 11.1 full frame at one time, but cost was higher too! Maybe Canon will start looking into a lower cost full frame in the next couple camera cycles!! Crop sensors will be a thing of the past sooner then you think!! Jus my 2Cents!

  14. September 2, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I’ve been awaiting this for a while. I’m saving for the 5Dmii for the full frame needs and nature/landscape shooting. I’ve wanted a better crop body to upgrade my 40D (which I still love) in hopes of lower noise at higher ISO. I dig the flash control built in. I don’t really care about the video on either the 7d or 5d. Maybe I’ll come around, but right, now, not important. I am looking forward to seeing if the AF is a jump forward. I can’t wait to start seeing reviews and getting my hands on one.


  15. September 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    This one has sparked my interested. I will have to take a wait and see on this. I am not sure what the two crop sensors would do. Two is usually better than one *L*. 18 Megapixels squeezed into one crop sensor !!!! I wonder how that is handled. Could it be 9 megapixels on each sensor? Increasing the dynamic range would get my vote. I was leaning toward the 5D MKII but I am going to see how this plays out.

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