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EOS 7D and 7DSV

Our Canon EOS 7D camera information page:

This page contains all our collected Canon 7D and 7DSV information. It includes pre and post announcement information, form the initial launch of the EOS 7D in September 2009.

There are also links to reviews and update information, including the Summer 2012 firmware update to version 2 which significantly enhances some aspects of 7D functionality.

There are also links to some of Keith's articles about aspects of the 7D, written after borrowing one from Canon UK for a short while.

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News items

2014 May

2013 December

  • 11th Firmware update for the 7D 2.0.5 [Canon]
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the image files cannot be transferred using the FTP protocol via USB cable after the Canon EOS 7D camera has established a wireless connection to the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A.

August

July

  • 17th Magic Lantern software can boost the dynamic range of a 5D3 (vid and photo) and just for photo for the 7D [P5D]
    • "What are the benefits? more dynamic range (less shadow noise).
      The functionality was not really in Canon firmware, but in the chip that samples the sensor. Canon firmware does not make any use of it (they just set both ISO “registers” to the same value). It was implemented on the hardware side though (and that’s why it works only on these 2 cameras, because only they have two ISO amplifiers)."

2012 December

  • 31st 2nd Alpha release of Magic Lantern software for the 7D [ML] and 1st Alpha for the EOS-M and 650D [ML] - just remember that it's Alpha level software and read all the instructions/warnings.
  • Adds the following features for 7D
  • * Advanced Bracketing (HDR)
    * Intervalometer
    * Audio tags
    * Bit Rate manipulation
    * [EXPERIMENTAL] Modify card flush rate for higher bit rates
    * [EXPERIMENTAL] Modify GOP size (down to ALL-I or up to 100 for better (?) details)
    * a lot of minor fixes

October

  • 14th A stable Alpha version of Magic Lantern is available [ML]
    • Audio meters while recording
      Zebras
      Focus peaking
      Magic Zooom (via half-shutter, or focus ring)
      Cropmarks, Ghost image
      Spotmeter
      False color
      Histogram, Waveform
      Vectorscope
      Movie logging
      Movie auto stop
      Trap focus
      LiveView settings (brightness, contrast…)
      Level indicator
      Image review tweaks (quick zoom)

September

  • 19th Magic Lantern software on its way for the 7D? [P5D]
  • 12th Canon release update to firmware V2.0.3
    • 1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera stops working when the auto power off setting takes effect.
    • 2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the maximum number of images that can be captured in a burst may be less than the actual number displayed in the viewfinder.
    • 3. Corrects some errors in the message displayed on the LCD screen when saving RAW images developed in the camera.

August

  • 20th Canon article about using the new firmware.
  • 16th Some discussion of cameras 'freezing' after the firmware update at [DPR] - lot's of people also happy with the update.
  • 14th Canon have a CPN article all about the new firmware
  • 7th New software arrives [Canon]
  • Firmware v2 now offers greater control of image settings and functionality, including a higher maximum RAW burst rate, now up to 25 RAW files or 130 JPEGs. Giving photographers greater control over images directly after capture, a new range of in-camera editing functions includes processing of RAW files, as well as the ability to easily adjust white balance, sharpness and Picture Style. Enhanced control over Auto ISO levels during both still and movie shooting now allows users to limit ISO speeds to within the native ISO 400-6,400 range, perfect for manipulating exposure in different situations.
  • During movie shooting, amateur videographers will also benefit from new manual control of audio levels, with the ability to choose from 64 different sound levels. New compatibility with Canon’s high-performance GPS unit, the GP-E2, enables photographers to track the locations of their images using longitude, latitude and altitude geo-tagging.
  • Firmware v2 is available to download now from: http://software.canon-europe.com/
  • Canon EOS 7D firmware v2 – new features:
    • Improved maximum burst for RAW images (up to 25)
    • In-camera RAW image editing
    • In-camera Image Rating
    • In-camera JPEG resizing
    • Maximum Auto ISO setting (ISO 400-6400)
    • Manual audio level adjustment in movie recording
    • GPS compatibility
    • File name customisation
    • Time zone settings
    • Faster scrolling of magnified images
    • Quick control screen during playback

July

  • 6th Lots of price reductions on the 7D (Adorama $1349 until 10th)
  • 5th The manual for the 7D has been updated for the new firmware features.

June

  • 28th The new firmware is officialy announced - some time in August for the software [CPN]
  • 8th Canon announce new 7D firmware on its way.
  • "The new EOS 7D Firmware Version 2 update will enhance the camera with the following additional features:
  • IMPROVED RAW MAXIMUM BURST
    • In the EOS 7D the maximum burst of RAW file frames was 15 – with the firmware update this will be significantly increased so that the camera’s buffer will handle up to 26 RAW frames in a continuous burst.
  • IN-CAMERA RAW CONVERSION
    • The EOS 7D will allow for in-camera post-processing of images. RAW images can be edited in-camera and options can be changed before saving the finished file as a ready-to-print JPEG or for sending wirelessly. This function can be used with full resolution RAW files, but not with M-RAW or S-RAW files.
    • The settings for in-camera RAW processing include White balance, Picture Style, High ISO speed noise reduction, Colour Space, and lens data corrections (Peripheral Illumination Correction, distortion correction and Chromatic Aberration Correction).
  • IMAGE RATING CAPABILITIES
    • Like other Canon EOS DSLRs, such as the EOS 60D, EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 7D will be able to rate images from 1 to 5 stars in-camera for quicker and easier sorting of images within your workflow. The ratings can be used to sort images in applications such as Adobe Elements, Adobe Bridge and Apple Aperture. The ratings are XMP compliant and Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software has been updated to reflect this.
  • AUTO ISO MAXIMUM SETTING
    • Within the EOS 7D’s shooting menu photographers will have the ability to set a maximum ISO speed for ISO Auto, within the ISO range of 400-6400, so that you can minimise the amount of noise in your images.
  • MANUAL ADJUSTMENT FOR AUDIO RECORDING LEVELS
    • During EOS Movie shooting you will be able to manually adjust the audio recording levels to one of 64 levels, whilst the sound volume during playback can be set to one of 11 levels. During movie recording noise from the aperture is reduced and the camera also has an automatic wind cut filter.
  • JPEG RESIZING
    • Within the camera’s image-recording menu with all JPEG images you will be able to resize the image (for image downsizing) and save it as a new image. Note that the aspect ratio cannot be changed.
  • SUPPORT FOR THE GP-E2 GPS UNIT
    • The GP-E2 unit arrived with the EOS 5D Mark III and this firmware update will enable the GPS unit to be used with the EOS 7D, via a cable connection, so that photographers can geo-tag images with latitude and longitude data in the EXIF fields.
  • QUICK CONTROL DURING PLAYBACK
    • With the Quick Control (Q) button pressed during image playback photographers will be able to select options for protect images, rotate images, rate images, resize images, highlight alert, AF point display and image jump.
  • FILE NAME SETTING
    • In the EOS 7D’s camera settings menu in user setting 1 the first four characters of the file name can be adjusted, whilst in user setting 2 the first three characters of the file name can be adjusted and the fourth will be set automatically according to the recording quality.
  • TIME ZONE SETTING
    • Within the EOS 7D’s camera settings menu you will be able to set the time zone, plus daylight saving time can also be set.
  • FASTER SCROLLING OF MAGNIFIED IMAGES
    • The screen scrolling speed will be faster for scrolling through images when they are enlarged. The ease of use is improved when using the camera to zoom in and check focus.
  • The existing impressive specifications of the EOS 7D include up to 8fps shooting speed, high ISO sensitivity up to 12,800 for low light shooting, an iFCL metering system with a 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor for superbly accurate exposures, plus outstanding in-camera Speedlite Transmitter flash technology."
  • I'm presuming this was announced after the specs of today's new 650D/T4i started getting a bit close to the 7D?

April

  • 26th Canon in the US have a series of rebates running from Apr 29th to June 2nd

2011 September

  • 3rd WFT-E5 firmware update to version 1.0.6 –
    • Fixes a phenomenon where a network error occurs when the wireless file transmitter is used while being connected to a network.
    • Fixes a phenomenon where the connection between the camera and computer is terminated when using the EOS Utility software to shoot movies, and the camera no longer recognizes the wireless file transmitter.

June

  • 20th US 'Instant rebates' [PDF] on selected 7D and 60D combinations. Running until September 3rd.

April

  • 26th Firmware released V1.2.5
  • 21st Canon seems to have pulled a V1.2.5 release of 7D firmware - we'll provide a link once it's back on their servers.
  • It addressed the following:
    • - Fixed a rare phenomenon in which there were rare cases where movie files taken could not be opened when repeatedly shooting movies with specific CF cards.
    • - Fixed a rare phenomenon in which there were cases where "Err 02" appeared when repeatedly shooting still images with specific CF cards.
    • - Fixed a phenomenon that occurred when using high-capacity (32 GB or greater) CF cards: If either a CF card with only a little available space remaining or the battery was removed and then reinserted into the camera, and then the user attempted to start shooting movies immediately, shooting would stop.
    • - Improved the writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
    • - Fixed a phenomenon that occurred when custom function C.Fn 4-1 was set to assign IS start to the AF stop button on the lens: When used with lenses that do not have an AF stop button, the IS function would not work.
    • - Corrected some mistakes in the menu screens displayed in Arabic and Portuguese. (This applies to models in overseas markets. The models for the Japanese market do not display those languages.)

February

  • 8th Instant rebates (in US) starting Feb 20th - what we call a $200 price cut

2010 December

  • 1st Canon in Japan have announced a hardware upgrade for the mode dial of the 7D [RG] It's similar in design to the one on the EOS 60D, including a centre button that, only when pressed, allows the dial setting to be altered.

November

  • 27th Updates to reviews list.
  • 25th Firmware update to v1.2.3
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off.
    Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT24-EX) and slave flashes do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

October

  • 15th A series of 'Instant Rebates' in the US
    Eligible product(s) must be purchased by an end user customer from a participating authorized Canon U.S.A. dealer or reseller in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico between October 3, 2010, and November 24, 2010.
  • canon 7d instant rebates

August

  • 17th From left field comes the EOS 7DSV (Studio Version)
  • No real changes in specs but seems designed for ready use in busy production environments
  • Specifications
  • This actually started to ship a while ago... [RG] where there is more detail about just what it does.

July

  • 22nd Firmware update to v1.2.2
  • Firmware Version 1.2.2 incorporates the following fixes.
    • Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
    • Fixes the AF point-selection behavior of the C.Fn III-7 (Manual AF pt. selec. pattern) custom function when set to [1].
    • Fixes the AF point display for the viewfinder electronic level when shooting in the vertical position.
    • Corrects misspellings in the Spanish and Thai menus for applicable products.

April

  • 15th Firmware update to v1.2.1
    • Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
    • Extends the timing at which the high temperature warning indicator is displayed and the timing of automatic shut down of the camera due to a rise in internal temperature during Live View or EOS Movie functions.
      Optimizes program shift when the ISO setting of the camera is set to AUTO.
      Corrects a misspelling in the French-language menu.
    • Corrects a phenomenon in which vertical magenta-colored banding appears in still images taken in movie-shooting mode. (This only occurs when in Manual exposure mode and when the ISO speed is set to "H". Note that this phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.0)
  • 7th Possible new V1.2 firmware seen [POTN] - no news on functionality of fixes.

March

  • 7th Reviews updated
  • US 7D rebate scheme6th 'Instant rebate' scheme in the US to run to 3rd April. Note that there is also a series of lens rebates and a 'double rebate' if you buy a 5D Mk2
  • 5th Apologies for a glitch in moving to our new site - Seems I mislaid a few updates on this page

February

  • 3rd A very good look at image sharpness and image quality at CFR - matches up very much with my own feelings after trying out the 7D last year

January

2009 December

November

  • 30th We've been lent a 7D body for a while, by Canon. I'll be having a good look at it - if you've any questions, please mail me or see the coverage in the blog
  • 26th A new version of the Windows CODEC for the 7D is posted (see above)
  • 20th A good quick study at PPH shows why you should always be wary of 'conclusions' in reviews.
  • 18th Reviews updated
  • 12th Reviews updated
  • 11th Reviews updated
  • 6th Reviews from RL and DPR added above
  • 5th Firmware updated to V1.1.0
    "Corrects a phenomenon that in images captured by continuous shooting, and under certain conditions, barely noticeable traces of the immediately preceding frame may be visible."

October

  • 31st Video 7D/5D rolling shutter comparison. Updates to links.
  • 30th Review info updated, and PPH URL really fixed
  • 27th Canon US announcement about rare issues with 'afterimages' in burst mode. Firmware fix on its way.
  • 23rd A few people with AF consistency issues find that a hard reset of the camera fixes things [DPR] - that's where you remove both the main and clock battery for a while.
    I've not had a chance to test a 7D yet, so I'd always advise a degree of caution about stuff you read on forums ;-)
  • 19th Firmware updated to V1.0.9
    Includes the following fixes:
  • Improves AF accuracy during Live View shooting.
    This firmware improves the AF accuracy of the AF mode, Live mode, and Face detection Live mode during Live View shooting.
  • Corrects a phenomenon where in rare instances, movie images shot by the camera may exhibit abnormal colours.
    Corrects a phenomenon that at certain timings, the shutter cannot be released when the camera's built-in flash or an external Speedlite is used for shooting.
    This firmware corrects a phenomenon that in rare instances, the shutter cannot be released after the AF assist beam fires when the camera's built-in flash or an external Speedlite is used for shooting. Firmware Version 1.0.8 or later addresses this phenomenon.
  • 9th New PPH review added
  • 8th Firmware 1.0.9 sighted on new cameras - DPR
  • 6th Some BIF testing [BP]- others getting fine results
  • 1st Someone's first try at video - DPR

September

  • 30th Comments appearing on forums as the 7D starts to ship - we'll post links to any good reviews we find
  • 26th Numerous locations having initial stock - we'll try and keep the list of reviews and info updated with new info as we find it.
  • 24th Park Cameras in the UK tell us that first shipments are due tomorrow (25th) Samples updated. CPN technical article listed. Jessops (UK) are also claiming to have stock. A brief review appears at LL.
  • 22nd At RG it's suggested that 7Ds will arrive in the US/Canada during next week. Samples updated
  • 18th More previews. Note, all are of pre-release cameras at the moment.
  • 16th Updated reviews.
  • 14th We're on holiday, so just a few updates.
  • 11th Sample images/video
  • 8th More previews added
  • 5th Manual/guide added
  • 4th Canon sample images & other updates
  • 3rd Updates to Video info
  • 2nd More preview info added
  • 1st - We're updating the 7D page and will be adding info as it's sent in.

7D Features (Canon Info)

18 MP APS–C CMOS Sensor

Designed and manufactured by Canon, the sensor produces an outstanding image and offers fantastic performance at high and low conditions, thanks to a new photodiode and microlens construction.

8 fps image capture

Enabled by the Dual “DIGIC 4” processors and improved electrical system, photographers can capture images at 8fps, without the need for additional accessories and in all file types.

ISO Range

The EOS 7D enables photographers to capture subjects in their natural light. The ISO range (100 – 6,400) is expandable to 12,800.

EOS Movie

With improved operation, making it easy to switch directly to movie mode, it is now even simpler to shoot Full HD video. Users can set exposure and frame rate – with options for 24 fps to create that cinematic feel.

Dual “DIGIC 4” processors

By utilising Dual “DIGIC 4” processors, users of the EOS 7D never have to compromise between shooting speed, image quality and ISO performance.

A magnesium alloy body offers environmental protection – the tough, lightweight construction is designed to defend against moisture, and dust – equivalent to the legendary EOS–1N.

7D Video features

Easy-access, external switch for movie mode, and new Start/Stop button for video recording: No more guesswork, or multiple menu settings to switch from stills to video recording

AF activated by shutter button: If you want AF, the factory default for the EOS 7D is to just press the shutter button half-way down — the same as you would when shooting stills. AF can be moved strictly to a rear button if you prefer, via the 7D’s extensive new control customization.

Manual exposure control during video recording: It’s built-in, right from the get-go. Set the camera to video recording mode, and turn the Mode Dial to “M”. Now set any aperture that’s possible with your lens, any shutter speed from 1/4000th down to 1/30th or 1/60th (depending on frame rate — more in a moment), and any ISO you like from 100 through 6400.

Adjustable video frame rates at highest Full HD quality setting: Heavily requested by video enthusiasts, the EOS 7D is Canon’s first digital SLR to offer the video shooter ability to adjust frame rates:
1920 x 1080 HD: 30 fps (actual 29.97 fps) or 24 fps (actual 23.976 fps); 25 fps in PAL

High-speed 60 fps recording at reduced resolution settings:
1280 x 720 HD: 60 fps (actual 59.94 fps) or actual 50 fps (when set to PAL)
640 x 480 standard def: 60 fps (actual 59.94 fps) or actual 50 fps in PAL
For users who may want “frame grabs” at fast shutter speeds, provides twice as many images to select from.

EOS 7DSV info

Canon U.S.A. Announces New EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) DSLR Camera With New Optional Canon Barcode Solution To Help Streamline Data Management For Large Scale Environments

New "Locking" Feature is Included in The EOS 7D Studio Version For Administrative Control Over Camera Functionality

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 17, 2010 - For wedding and portrait photographers, one of the most enjoyable parts of a project is the actual photographic element with the laborious work starting when the time comes to organize files, edit and ultimately provide the finished product. To help make this process less cumbersome, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the launch of a new EOS 7D Studio Version DSLR Camera, ideal for professional school and event photographers which features four levels of "locking" camera controls for studio environments. In addition to the "locking" feature on the new EOS 7D Studio Version, the Company is also introducing a Canon Barcode Solution, which links customer data directly with the image file so that it can be maintained throughout the entire workflow process, ideal for school photographers, forensic and medical photo workflows.

Canon's new "Locking" EOS 7D Studio Version DSLR allows administrators to disable unwanted features and settings thus providing professional studio operators the comfort of knowing the end result will be both reliable and repeatable. The camera has four different "lock" levels allowing administrators to enable the appropriate level of camera functionality for any studio operation. Custom functionality management is also achieved through each level by unlocking individual features according to operator-specific needs. This complete level of control is guarded by a daily password preventing anyone with a different vision from changing the camera settings and disrupting the overall project and workflow.

"We know professional photographers are constantly searching for ways to simplify the workflow process," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "With the addition of the new EOS 7D Studio Version camera, professionals and business owners can be confident that data management will be streamlined and they can focus on the current task at hand."

The new Canon Barcode Solution for the new EOS 7D Studio Version cameras helps to automate the data management required when shooting, processing and delivering images for school photoshoots and other large scale events as well as organizing medical images while maintaining patient anonymity. Once the barcode option is enabled, customer, organizational, patient and/or other data will be embedded directly into the image file's EXIF data by scanning a barcode for easy identification when reviewing the completed work. While shooting, the actual reading of barcodes can be easily managed and, based upon each person's workflow, the critical task of file management is accomplished with less risk of error. Upon completion, a visual confirmation will appear on the camera's rear LCD screen.

The EOS 7D Studio Version kit includes Canon's WFT-E5A unit, which along with an optional barcode reader can scan and seamlessly manage image and customer data through a "wired connection". A wireless system configuration is also possible through Canon's BU-30 Bluetooth adapter further adding to the system's convenience and functionality. Existing WFT-E5A units require a firmware update to work with Barcode functionality. This update will need to be done at a Canon USA Factory Service location if the customer wishes to use a previously purchased WFT-E5A unit. If the customer chooses this option, the ability to read and embed GPS (Global Positioning System) data will no longer function.

Coupled with a new "Locking" EOS 7D Studio Version Digital SLR camera, photographic operations both large and small can ensure reliability and efficient workflow for whomever is using the camera.

The new EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Barcode Kit (EOS 7DSV and WFT-E5A with firmware change) will carry an estimated selling price of $ $2599. The EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Body Only will carry an estimated selling price of $1829. Both are available by special order through select Canon authorized dealers.

The following Barcode Scanners are compatible; Honeywell 3800, Honeywell 3820, for scanning via bluetooth and Honeywell 4600, for scanning 1D and 2D barcodes.

All inquiries and questions regarding Canon's EOS 7D Studio Version DSLR or Canon's Barcode Solution can be directed to ProSolutions@cusa.canon.com.

EOS 7D Specifications

Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor * 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor * Dual DIGIC 4
A/D conversion 14 bit
Image Sizes ( Still) * RAW
5184 x 3456
3888 x 2592
2592 x 1728
JPEG
5184 x 3456
3456 x 2304
2592 x 1728
Image Sizes (Movie) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
File formats (Still)

JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine / Normal
RAW
M-RAW
S-RAW
RAW + JPEG
M-RAW + JPEG
S-RAW + JPEG

File formats (Movie) MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Lenses Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
Dust reduction EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown - can be disabled)
Dust Delete Data - Data from a test shot is used to 'map' dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
Auto focus* TTL-CT-SIR CMOS sensor
19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Focus modes One shot AF
AI Servo AF
AI Focus AF
Manual focus
AF point selection

Auto : 19 point
Manual : Single point/ Spot/ AF point Expansion/ Zone

AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed
Predictive AF Up to 8 m
AF assist Stroboscopic flash
AF microadjust +/- 20 steps
Adjust all lenses by same amount/individually adjust up to 20 lenses
Metering* TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
Metering range: EV 1 - 20 EV
Metering modes*

Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial (9.4% at center)
Spot metering (approx. 2.3% at center)
Center-weighted average

AE lock Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
Manual: AE lock button
Exposure compensation* +/-5.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure bracketing +/- 2.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity *

Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion

Shutter Focal-plane shutter
30 - 1/8000 sec
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
Bulb
Aperture values 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance Auto
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Tungsten
White Fluorescent light
Flash
Custom
Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)
WB bracketing +/-3 levels
3 images
Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
WB shift Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style Standard
Portrait
Landscape
Neutral
Faithful
Monochrome
User def. 1
User def. 2
User def. 3
Custom image parameters Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Color tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, Gvan
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processing

Highlight tone priority
Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)

Color space sRGB
Adobe RGB
Viewfinder * Eye-level pentaprism
100% frame coverage
Approx. 1.0x maginification
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info *

AF points
Focus confirmation light
Shutter speed
Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
AEB.
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
White balance correction
CF card information
Monochrome shooting
Maximum burst (2 digit display)
Highlight tone priority (D+)
Grid
Dual Axis Electronic level

LCD monitor 3.0 " TFT LCD
920,000 pixels
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Coating : Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
LCD Live view

Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage
30 fps frame rate
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Silent mode
Grid optional (x2)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Three AF modes - Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection
Histogram
Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)

Record review Off
On (histogram via INFO button)
Display mode same as last used Play mode
Playback modes

1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot
2. As 1 but also image count and quality
3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram
4. Less detailed exposure info., thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms

Playback features Optional blinking highlight alert
Optional AF point display
Magnified view (up to 1.5x - 10x)
2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail index
Delete / Protect
Flash* Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
FOV coverage up to15 mm (27 mm equiv.)
Guide number approx 12 m (ISO 100)
Cycle time approx. 3 sec
Flash compensation +/-3.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
X-Sync: 1/250 sec
External flash

E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
Wireless multi-flash support
PC Sync

Shooting modes *

Auto
Creative auto
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M) Stills and Movie
Custom settings 1
Custom settings 2
Custom settings 3

Drive modes

Single
High-speed continuous
Low-speed continuous
Self-timer: 2sec + remote, 10sec + remote

Burst buffer * Approx. 8 fps (speed maintained for up to 126 JPEGs (with UDMA card), 15 images (RAW))
Orientation sensor Yes
Auto rotation On (recorded and LCD display)
On (recorded only)
Off
Custom functions * 27 Custom Fubctions with 70 settings
Menu languages

English
German
French
Dutch
Danish
Portuguese
Finnish
Italian
Norwegian
Swedish
Spanish
Greek
Russian
Polish
Czech
Hungarian
Romanian
Ukrainian
Turkish
Arabic
Thai
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Korean
Japanese

Firmware User upgradable
Portrait grip Optional BG-E7 Battery Grip
Optional WFT-E5 Wireless File Transfer Grip
Connectivity

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video output (PAL/ NTSC)
HDMI connector
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal
External microphone (Stereo mini jack)
Communication terminal on base for WFT-E5

Storage

Compact Flash Type I or II
Supports UDMA and Microdrive cards
External storage via optional WFT-E5
Power Lithium-Ion LC-E6 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
CR1616 Lithium battery (date/time backup)
Optional AC adapter
Wireless connectivity
(optional WFT-E5)
Mounts on base of camera and also acts as vertical grip
Has its own BP-511A battery
Wireless 802.11b / 802.11g
Wireless security: WEP, TKIP/AES, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
Wireless methods: Infrastructure or Ad Hoc
Wired ethernet (100 Base-TX)
Transfer: FTP, PTP (remote control by computer), HTTP (view / remote fire)
USB host capable: External hard drives, flash drives
USB comms: GPS devices (records coordinates and altitude in image header)
Dimensions 148 x 111 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 in)
Weight * No battery: 820 g (1.8 lb)

EOS 7D Technologies

Canon CMOS sensor

The EOS 7D includes a new 18 megapixel CMOS sensor with a wide ISO range that delivers excellent results in both the low and high-speed ranges as well as improved image quality.

The sensor is a standard APS-C size (22.4x14.9mm) and produces an effective field of view of 1.6x the lens focal length.

The EOS 7D sensor features condensed circuitry with improved sensitivity and increased capacity of the photodiodes, which enables shooting at high ISO and prevents overloading when shooting in bright conditions.

The ISO range (100 - 6400) is expandable to 12800 enabling photographers to capture subjects in their natural light without the use of a flash.

The EOS 7D sensor includes gapless microlenses that have been moved closer to the photodiodes. These technological advances, which were developed and manufactured by Canon, improve the signal to noise ratio creating very clean high ISO images.

19-point cross-type AF system including Spot AF

AF point selection - 7DThe AF system has been completely redesigned using the same architecture as the EOS-1 series and includes a separate processor to handle AF calculations. This, along with AI SERVO II AF, enables the EOS 7D to offer accurate, reliable and continuous shooting at 8fps.

Uniquely at this level, all 19 points in the EOS 7D AF sensor are cross-type points with f/5.6 or faster lenses, which allows sophisticated tracking, accuracy and performance throughout the frame.

EOS 7D also includes Spot AF, a new mode that uses a smaller area of the sensor to determine focus. This is useful for small subjects where there is background detail that can distract the AF sensor.

It also includes Zone AF which limits automatic selection to one of five zones. This allows photographers to ensure their subject is automatically selected.

iFCL metering system with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor

The iFCL system uses Focus, Colour and Luminance information to determine consistently exposed shots. All focus points provide distance information to the metering system to determine proximity to the subject and allow the algorithm to weight the exposure accordingly. EOS 7D has a completely new metering sensor with 63 zones compatible with 19 AF points.

Typically, metering sensors are more sensitive to red subjects which can lead to overexposure. EOS 7D combats this with the dual layer sensor, which has one layer sensitive to red and green light and one that is sensitive to blue and green light. The metering algorithm then compares the level of the two layers and adjusts the meter reading accordingly.

new metering - 7d

100% Viewfinder with 1.0x magnification and built in LCD overlay
The EOS 7D features a high quality viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.0x magnification - a first for EOS - making it simple and ease to use. The viewfinder uses a prism, coating technologies and eyepiece lenses inspired by the EOS-1 series.

7d viewfinder

EOS 7D viewfinder does not have interchangeable focussing screens. In their place is a Transmissive LCD Screen - another first for EOS. Through technological advances Canon has been able to implement the screen whilst maintaining viewfinder image quality. This new feature, which can be illuminated in lowlight, enables grid, spot metering and AF points to be superimposed upon demand.

EOS Movie
The EOS 7D features an improved movie function allowing users to record Full HD movies with full manual control and selectable frame rates. The operation of the movie function has been improved to make it easier to use via direct access to settings with dedicated buttons. AF can now be started by either half pressing the shutter button or using the AF-ON button as before.

The exposure of the movie can be controlled in Manual mode allowing full control of shutter speeds and apertures. It is possible to select frame rates from: 30 (29.97), 25, and 24 (23.976), with 60 (59.94) and 50 available at 720p. ISO can be set automatically or manually in the range (100-6400) and is expandable to 12800. EOS 7D also allows users to trim and cut their movies.

Dual “DIGIC 4”
EOS 7D is fitted with Dual “DIGIC 4” processors; the power of the processors enables more advanced processing algorithms allowing the camera to achieve a high performance 8fps at 18 megapixels.

DIGIC 4 removes the highly noticeable colour noise as well as reducing luminance noise without loss in detail, allowing for very clean high ISO images. Even at ISO 6400 noise levels are similar to those of ISO 1600 from DIGIC III. Auto Lighting Optimiser is now also available during manual exposure, without any drop in performance.

DIGIC 4 also allows UDMA cards (mode 6) to be used at their full speed, which allows the EOS 7D to take advantage of the fastest cards available.

Clear View II
EOS 7D’s 3 inch LCD monitor has 920,000 dots (VGA resolution) with a viewing angle of 160°. Clear View II has been designed to combat glare by removing the air-gap between the LCD’s protective cover and the liquid crystal. The air-gap is filled with an elastic optical material. This has the affect of suppressing the reflections from the surface of the liquid crystal, caused by the sharp change in refractive index, as light travels through the air-gap. In order to protect the liquid crystal from scratches the Clear View II LCD features a hardened glass cover material. As with the EOS 5D Mark II, an ambient light sensor on the side of the screen can set brightness automatically depending on the environment.

UK Press info

London, UK, 1 September 2009: Canon today unveils the EOS 7D digital SLR camera – a completely new design to meet the specific demands of photographers. Incorporating a new 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, developed by Canon, the EOS 7D also features: Dual “DIGIC 4” processors to offer fast, high-quality performance in all light conditions, an ISO range expandable to 12,800 and continuous shooting at 8 frames per second – without the need for additional accessories. Impressive technologies are matched by excellent build-quality designed with the photographer in mind – to create a whole new photographic experience.

During extensive development Canon went back to the drawing board, listening to photographers worldwide in order to design the EOS 7D to meet their specific needs. Commenting on the creation of the EOS 7D, Mr. Shinbori, Deputy Group Executive of Photo Products Group & Senior General Manager of Camera Development Center, Canon Inc,said “We consulted over 5,000 photographers worldwide and asked them what they most wanted to see from a camera. Matching this insight with cutting-edge technology, we were able to develop a camera that truly gives photographers the versatile tool they require to experiment with their images.”

Accurate Images – High performance AF and metering systems
The EOS 7D features a 19-point cross-type AF sensor, enabling photographers to achieve accurate shots and optimise composition options. This improved AF system offers a range of manual and automatic settings including Zone and Spot AF to track and capture subjects quickly and accurately. AF settings are highly customisable, allowing for rapid reaction to changes in the scene. Different AF points can be set for vertical or horizontal orientation, so photographers can automatically switch between landscape and portrait shots without touching a button.

The EOS 7D also incorporates a new metering system. The Focus Colour Luminance metering system (iFCL) intelligently measures focus, colour and luminance, across 63 zones. Complementing the 19 AF points, the dual layer sensor is able to gather information from each distinct zone to obtain a more accurate and consistent exposure.

Capture images exactly as you see them
The Canon EOS 7D features an Intelligent Viewfinder that offers photographers 100 per cent frame coverage. With 1.0x magnification* - a first for EOS - photographers see a large bright image that helps to fully immerse them within the shot. A transmissive LCD incorporated in the viewfinder allows photographers to choose between various overlay features - such as AF points, the spot metering circle and composition grid – providing a range of tools that help when framing a shot. The EOS 7D is also the first EOS to introduce a Dual-Axis Electronic Level – in the viewfinder and on the LCD - that indicates both pitch and roll angles. This feature is particularly useful when shooting landscapes to ensure a level horizon, or when used in conjunction with a Tilt and Shift lens to level the camera.

The camera features a new 3 inch Clear View II LCD screen with a solid structure screen, designed to combat glare by removing the air-gap between the LCD’s protective cover and the liquid crystal. This new screen has a viewing angle of 160 degrees and is effective even in bright light. As with the EOS 5D Mark II, an ambient light sensor on the side of the screen can set brightness automatically depending on the environment.

Experiment creatively with light
The Canon EOS 7D is equipped with an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter. For the first time in an EOS, photographers can control external Speedlites with no additional accessories - ideal for those looking to experiment with creative lighting set-ups. The EOS 7D also features an extensively upgraded, built-in flash including manual control, and wider flash coverage to cover focal lengths as wide as 15mm.

Customise your individual camera experience
The EOS 7D has been conceived and designed with the photographer’s needs in mind. The look and feel of the camera has been aesthetically and ergonomically crafted to offer photographers the very best interaction. To this end, the photographer can design their own experience – camera operations are customisable, allowing the user to assign frequently used functions and settings to convenient controls. This enables photographers to save time when shooting critical moments, by changing settings quickly.
Impressive Features, Impressive Images

Pre release information/rumours

August 31st

A somewhat chopped up version of the 7D press release appears [Mo1 or via Google]

Several other translations are worth having a look at [POTN]

"The production process of this new sensor solves the problem of high pixel density causing pixels to lose light gathering ability by increasing the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the new photosites. In improving the pixel sensitivity at the same time the transistors within a pixel were modified to achieve a higher Signal to noise ratio. Additionally this sensor uses gapless microlens technology. The EOS 7D features a base ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12800. Signal transmission is accomplished with 8-channels of data, compared to the EOS 50D this makes the sensor 1.3 times faster and allowed the EOS 7D to achieve its 8 frame per second shooting rate."

A more condensed version [POTN]

Expect a lot of technical advances to debut in this camera, giving a lot of clues as to what we'll see when the 1D Mk4 appears

* Remember, it's still all rumours...

UPDATE - We're told the box pic below is a fake [POTN] :-) However we missed the purported 7D sample images (also faked)

EOS 7d in boxA new box photo appears on a Spanish blog [BF] I've sharpened the photo to show up the lettering a bit more.

Note it's the 18-135 kit version. 18.1MP Dual DiGIC 4 6400 ISO 8.3 fps 3" screen Liveview. Additional info in the article says: 19 point AF (8 cross), 100% VF 1.0x, LV with face detect, 63 zone ifcl metering, Virtual horizon, Flash

30th When is APS-C not APS-C - when it's 1.45x crop rather than 1.6x. At DPR there is a comment suggesting that the new camera will be a new size (for Canon) giving pretty much the same pixel density as the 50D

No more new pics as yet...

Mind you, there's already plenty of talk on forums about how bad the camera specs are - lots of naysayers pointing out how 18MP on an APS-C effectively means the end of the world.

Rather too many people showing how having minimal knowledge of sensor engineering or physics is no bar to dismissing the performance of an as yet unseen camera :-)

We first published our guide to forum rumour reactions a few years ago, when waiting for some camera that didn't appear...

#1 Have you seen this?
#2 What do they know
#3 FAKE!
#4 Could you elaborate on xxx
#5 Jeez, cant you people just get out more
#6 You don't have to read it
#7 Those that really know can't say
#8 7D Mk2 AF issues
#9 Is that all?
#10 I'm switching to Nikon
#11 It probably back / front focuses
#12 What no built in pro AF
#13 Why not 1.3 crop all cameras should be 1.3 crop
#14 Why not full frame - Canon are ripping is off again
#15 Its going to be so noisy I'll have to keep my 20D
#16 The more MP are a waste, the lenses can't resolve that
#17 It's all lies from from crazy fan boy
#18 What, no built in IS:
#19 I'll have to be the first to own one
#20 Why would anyone want one

As you read through yet another 7D forum thread, why not tick them off as they appear?

29th

In a burst of activity, more info and pics start appearing

On a Chinese [FN] board specs and the picture below

EOS7d and lenses

We've been sent some prices [thanks] $1699 and 1299 Euros - no UK price yet

I see that some are still claiming it's FF or APS-H... I think not.

The lens information certainly suggests a body that takes EF-S lenses, but the poster/box leaves enough wiggle room for more suggestions (although I'm minded to believe it).

We were sent this a few weeks ago (along with a -lot- more unsourced comments)

"7D is Pro-Crop, Dual DIGIC IV, 18.2 MP CMOS, 8 FPS, 19 All cross + 26 Hidden AF Points, 3 Inch LCD, 24/25/30/60 Frames per sec FHD/HD Movie, Electronic Focus Screen, Vertical & Horizontal Electronic Level-meter, Reveal @ 2nd Sep 2009."

In view of the similarity to what's just appeared in rumourland, I do have to admit that if it is 18MP, then I'll happily take back my earlier scepticism, and look forward to what comes in the 1D4 and 1Ds4 :-)

Meanwhile at a German price comparison site there is an alternate spec... 'only' 51 AF points

Canon EOS 7D - digital camera - DSLR - 16.7 Mpix - CMOS - AF points: 51 - DIGIC 4 - 1/8000 s - Burst mode: 5 frames per second - ISO 100 to 6400 (max 12800) - LCD: 3 " - GPS - body only - supported memory: CF, SD, Microdrive

I note that you can even add your own reviews of the '7D' - Oh, I see they've got a picture too - think original 5D with the 5 replaced with a 7

BTW - Just published the first full review of the new Spyder3Print SR print profiling system. I know lots of people enjoy the rumours pages, but it's the articles and reviews I put the most effort into. If you're curious about colour management, do check some of the non rumour content here - hope you find it of interest.

28th - Pre August 7D rumours, now on Archive page

7D box or posterYes, it's a 7D crop camera - in a leaked set of lens info there is the phrase (Google xlation)

"High-tech and lightweight, these two lenses as a cost-effective to EOS 7D, led by APS-C size digital SLR camera EOS new partner, is the choice not to be missed."

The 7D box/poster from SLRC

(BTW 18MP is 46MP FF equivalent, so expect a 30+MP 1Ds4 next year)

This camera will challenge the abilities of a lot of cheaper lenses

Note - once the 7D is officially announced, we'll reorganise the rumours pages to give the 7D its own page.

27th In the 'well, no-one was expecting that' category, Sony have announced the Full frame 24MP A850.

Frame rate is down a bit on the A900, and the viewfinder is only 98%.

Sony A850Press info and full specs at DPR

In a refinement, 7D specs at CR are put at:

26th A bit more info we just received:

Next week is the launch of a new 'semi-pro' crop camera.

xD Design aims were:

Market segment

What's more the suggestion is that the 60D is indeed now on an 18 month replacement cycle...

60D Feb 2010. 50D like, but with an all new sensor emphasising low light performance. Upgraded AF (more points). Improved LV as per xD. DiGIC V. Focus on improving 'in-camera' image processing. Look for new

interface aimed at offering much higher quality 'point&click' options in xxD and lower cameras. Canon is looking at better images for jpeg users ;-)

1D4 Feb 2010 (3yr). Dual Processor - still likely 1.3 crop. New 'Pro' AF module. Extra AF points but much easier to use. Also aims to provide vastly better AF from LV.

1Ds4 August 2010 (3yr) As per 1D4, but aim for big jump to 'MF Class' sensor (dynamic range & bit depths)

From the same source as yesterday... The Swedish Kamera & Bild site is saying they've got an invite to a Canon press event on the 1st of September.

  • I've looked carefully and this time it seems to be a current article - Sorry again for yesterday's mishap, but I was glad to see we were not alone in making the initial error ;-)

Apart from mention of the invite, there is general 7D/60D speculation on the K&B page.

We've had several more comments of late that there will not be a 1D4 until next year, although it could just mean not at the next press event.

25th Whoops - must remember to check what we're sent a bit more thoroughly when working on something else. The Swedish item is from last year :-)

Announcement tomorrow? The Swedish Kamera&Bild site is saying they got an invite to a Canon press event tomorrow. They still mention a possible 22nd September announcement too.

23rd Lot's of suggestions for press dates... take your pick :-)

A more credible source points to Tuesday the 1st of September for an 'interesting' press conference day. One for Canon, one for another company and a third just putting out a product announcement. They also confirmed the 25th (next week) for Sony, and 9th Sept. for Leica (FF M9).

Just to show nothing's certain at the moment we also get the 9th marked as Canon's release by some - guess we'll know for sure in a few weeks.

Oh, and a French magazine suggests the 25th (Tuesday) for the 1D MkIV

We've also heard that Epson will be announcing the SP3800 replacement (3880 - picture) for IFA in Berlin (4th-9th Sept) - Any consumer oriented cameras from Canon would probably have been announced by then. No info of the 3880 yet, but it looks like the 3800 and uses the Ultrachrome K3 vivid Magenta ink set that's found in our 7880

22nd We've now had several comments saying that there is an event next week (25th), however we've had no direct confirmation. The other press event predicted for next week (28th) is for Sony, where an FF A850 is a popular bet.

We were sent (thanks) a multi level 'Foveon style' sensor patent from Canon from earlier this year [USP 20090008735]

"...proposes a photo-detection method that uses a two-dimensionally laminated image sensor in which a pixel has a multilayer structure and the three colors of RGB are detected at different depths utilizing differences in the absorption coefficients of Si. In this two-dimensionally laminated image sensor, a high S/N ratio can be expected because photo detectors having a spectroscopic function are arranged and loss of light due to the presence of a color filter does not occur"

More Canon patents to trawl through at LP. You can get full PDFs of some patents by entering the patent number at pat2pdf

Of course such technology might not appear for a while (if at all), but expect a few technology related rabbits to be pulled from the hat to liven up forthcoming product announcements.

If you read though the details, then there is even mention of a 7,680 rows and 4,320 columns sensor.

Anyone for a 33MP 1Ds4 next year with 'full colour' sensor?

21st We're told (thanks) of a Spanish store mentioning a new camera on its way

CMOS, self cleaning sensor, 8.5 FPS 'Full frame' (?)

The picture though looks like a xxD with 17-55 lens

I note an offer on 1Ds3 prices in Australia, which only runs until the 15th of September [1Ds4 page]

Whilst checking up on the 'pro' end of things I was told to expect the 1D MkIV and a Macro lens with IS pretty soon and a 'couple of other things not even rumoured yet' - of course they might have not yet seen the 7D/60D rumour outbreak of the last few days ;-)

20th top view of 7DDo we have a picture of the top plate of the 7D or is it a 60D?

For those wondering about a pop-up flash and FF, there is the D700 to consider and the EOS 7e further down this page, which also had Eye Control Focus.

The picture to the right is from a Taiwan forum, yesterday's (below) originally appeared on a Korean forum.

  • Curious how two pictures of an all new camera leak out at the same time as all the rumour momentum might have been slowed by the appearance of those compact cameras and the talking printer ;-)

Compare the full size pictures on the 60D page

EOS 7e top view

EOS 7 top view

19th It's worth noting that the recent 'Best Buy' info contained additional details about a range of small Canon cameras, which have just been announced.

Does this up the likelihood of the 7D (with 28-135 lens in the kit) being for real? If the photo below is reliable, expect plenty more rumours over the coming weeks (although we've also had it suggested that next week could see an announcement)

A whole slew of small Canon cameras are announced today [DPR]

Oh, and you didn't want a new SLR - you wanted a 'talking printer'...

It's worth noting the 'return of the S series' Not quite an APS-C compact yet...

September the 2nd is the next date we've had suggested...

No announcements yet (13:30 UK), but a '7D' pic appears at DPR

Pop up flash -and- microphone holes... :-)

For good measure...

At PCHome, the new 7D is suggested as a budget 12MPs FF with 3" OLED, 3.9fps and priced at $1800 (from FA)

There's also some Powershot G11 info (DPI) 'Only' 10MP - a good sign?

18th Another comment that there will be a 'pro crop' - 2nd September, and it -will- be 18.2MP.

  • Whilst on the subject of pixel density, we've just published David Goldstein's full article about the physical limits in digital photography - how physics limits camera design. This is an updated version of his earlier article, based on further research and comments received here. It's a long article (available as a PDF too), but if you're in a hurry, the conclusions are well worth noting.

17th How about a 'pro crop' camera? - this one turns up every so often. The latest (unsourced) '7D' comment we had looked good at 8fps, 19+26 AF etc. Unfortunately the sensor at 18.2 MP, if 1.6 crop, reflects the FF equivalent of 46.6MP, which I wouldn't expect for a while yet.

  • Yes, it's silly season for rumours, so read what you find in forums and all those freshly created 'rumours sites' with a suitable degree of skepticism :-)

16th In a comment from one of our more frequent sources (thanks), we're told that the prospect of another 'line' of SLRs (i.e. the 7D) is considered unlikely and that the current makeup of Canon's range is considered to be a relatively good match to consumer/pro demand. Suffice to say, the interest we've heard attributed to various Canon sources is talking up what's coming in the 'pro' areas rather than elsewhere. Being able to point to the top pro cameras is very important to senior people at Canon in Japan.

We've been told several times in the past that a 'third' FF camera 1/5/x? was being looked at, but was very dependent on how sales of Canon's range and competitors were going.

At the moment, we'd be pleasantly suprised to see a '7D' this week.

EOS 7E film camera7D speculation continues - and thanks for all the suggestions ;-)

  • I wouldn't be surprised if some of them were right (Digic V or Digic IV or even - FF/APS-H/APS-C) but I'm getting that many conflicting snippets from previously unknown sources, that it's difficult to convey any consensus.
    As ever, comments are never attributed, but I'm much more likely to print a rumour if people provide a return address (that works) and it is not littered with spelling mistakes.
  • Anonymous comments need some pretty detailed stuff, rather than some of the cobbled together wish-lists that regularly turn up ;-)
  • Recently we've had a return of that old 7D favourite, Eye controlled focus. As seen in the 7E below. Whilst in the other direction we have suggestions that the EVF (electronic view finder) is about to appear...

15th Lot's of 7D speculation filling forums, but no real info, although it's worth pointing out that the original BB rumour has it appearing in kit form with the 11 year old EF 28-135 (from our list of Canon lenses since 1987)

14th A bit of confirmation of the Best Buy 7D info? Someone at DPR checks the UPC codes [DPR]

  • The '7D' is one of those 'rumour cameras' that's been around for some time, though not as long as the fabled '3D'
  • The question I ask myself is that given how well the 5D2 is selling, how many 5D2 purchasers would go for a cheaper FF camera, as opposed to people who wouldn't buy a 5D2 but would buy a cheaper FF camera?
  • Selling a few more cameras at a lower profit margin might be a risk, unless you thought they would buy lots of new lenses at the same time...

Doubles all round! [Private Eye, passim.] in the Canon press office, as Canon takes its turn to win three "highly respected awards by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA)"

"The Canon EOS 500D won European SLR Camera 2009-2010, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was recognised as the European Advanced Camera 2009-2010 and the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II was awarded European Photo Printer 2009-2010"

Now personally, I don't know anyone who's ever gone "hey, this bit of kit won an EISA award, so it must be good", however I do know enough about the world of marketing to know that the kudos and prospect of a well expensed trip to an awards ceremony is no trivial matter...

But seriously ;-) ...I've just been looking at Canon print technology for an upcoming review of the iPF6100, and I have to say, the results were very good.

13th 7D on the Best Buy inventory? [CR]

"...the Best Buy inventory system has the 7D in it. The body is listed at $2699.99 with a UPC of 013803117493 and the Canon model number of 3814B004. The kit with a EF 28-135, which seems strange to me is selling for $2899.99 and has a model of 3814B010 UPC of 013803117530...."

12th 'Full frame' M9 from Leica on show in Japan?

We're told that the Japanese market is important enough to Leica, that a few people have been given cameras.

Click on image for higher res version.

** Do notice though, that the lens reflection is the standard one used by DPR - often used in photoshopped 'fakes'. I've also seen it noted that the lens serial number is the same.
No cigar for this effort I fear ;-)

Meanwhile, according to a French site [OB] it will be available in September for 5500 euros ~18MP

Whilst looking at the niche markets, how about a Zeiss rangefinder camera with a Sony sensor? [ZR]

11th A Swedish magazine [KB] confirms the 19th of August for a press conference.

They're expecting another event for the 1D3 replacement, and 24-70 2.8L IS and 70-200 2.8L IS

We've even had a different suggestion (thanks) that there will be no SLRs on the 19th and that all SLRs will be later, in September...

An improved flash system? I notice that a Canon UK pro dealer (Fixation) has the 580EX II flash on offer, but lists it as 'limited stock'.

We were told some time ago that Canon noted some perceived weaknesses in its flash system, particularly in remote triggering.

Time for ETTL III?

We were sent the Fixation info (thanks) that also point to the 70-200 2.8L as 'limited stock' - this lens has been on the replacement radar of late.

2009 August 10th There's a Canon press conference on the 19th (60D?), and a Sony one on the 28th (A850?)

As for upcoming Sony FF cameras, how about: [PR]

Sony A950 with backlit 24.6Mp Exmor sensor @ $3k
Sony A850 with 24.6 Mp @ $2k
Sony A750 with 14MP backlit sensor @ $1200.00

7th A DSLR on the 19th? [zoom - Danish]

A 60D and something else? - well, the 1000D replacement might be due, and there's always the 7D or a load of point 'n' click cameras. The site promises more info to come.

A 1D4 would probably get its own announcement.

6th Last year we noted a Sony press release about using back lit sensors. These have long been used in astronomical applications and rely on reducing the thickness of the sensor chip after it's been produced, and can offer a doubling in sensitivity. The downside is production cost. Sony have now introduced a version into two consumer cameras [DPR]

Whilst this is a Sony technology, similar processes may appear elsewhere...

5th For the 7D we've had an update saying that it will be:

APS-C, ~15MP, dual Digic IV, 8FPS and 100% viewfinder.

The xxD and new xD rumours go back a long way ;-) At the foot of this page note this 2005 comment:

"Brian Worley, product manager of D-SLR cameras at Canon Europa, said that it's a long way before all EOS models will have a full size sensor, but Canon's aim is to equip all models, except the cheapest, with a 35mm sensor in the future."

  • On a personal note, could I ask that anyone interested in professional photographers' organisations have a look at the thread in the Ecademy forum at: http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&op=forum&c=5798&t=1021326
  • I mentioned this in a blog article yesterday evening and was threatened with legal action by a Mr Phil Jones of the SWPP within half an hour. The organisation involved, claimed it is untrue, however were unwilling to offer any response. My amended blog article, reminding people to always read the fine print, has comments from the person the SWPP unsucessfully tried to sue, along with details of the court judgement against the SWPP (which will become a matter of public record before long).
  • I always wondered when the first post I made here would get noises involving lawyers, I'd always assumed it would be connected with a rumour, rather than reporting something on another forum...

August 4th After a couple of days without one, I notice another stab at a 7D spec [DPR]

Probably another wishlist, but actually one I wouldn't mind as a 'low light' spare camera for when I didn't want a 1 series camera with me. 12.7MP is fine since I still use my original 1Ds sometimes.

2nd Lots of info on the Sony A850 has appeared [PCA] after a leaked PDF manual appears.

24MP and 3fps in an A900 body

See also DyX for more info.

We've had numerous comments about the assorted 7D rumours of late, but nothing solid yet :-)

1st Just to complete the set, we've now had a comment (thanks) that the 7D will be firmly aimed at the D300s and will be:

As has been noted elsewhere, this is the 'silly season' for rumours and we've no confirmation of any of these new sets of specs. Thanks to everyone sending info - we will try and get confirmation, but as it says at the top of the page, these are RUMOURS.

PRE August 2009 information is now on an archive page

Other (real :-) info and stuff on this site