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EOS 7D

Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

Lowest Price: £670.00

The 18 megapixel APS-C sensor Canon EOS 7D is aimed at top-end enthusiasts and professional photographers and has an impressive features list.

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Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Review

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19/10/2012 - 11:01 pm

I bought the 7D after a long and detailed study of the 60D, the 600D and the 550D. The deciding factors that prompted me to go for the most expensive of these options were the magnesium body and the sophisticated AF system, which I felt I needed for action shots.

The first impressions were of a reassuringly solid camera that felt like it is built to last. A trial shoot in the back garden soon had me feeling as though I had been using it for years. The handling qualities of this camera are quite superb. All the buttons (except one) are in the right places and the screen is bright and sharp. The menu system is complicated until you get used to it, but after a while it appears perfectly intuitive.

The only feature I would criticise is the live view, which is slow, cumbersome and awkward to use. I do use it from time to time, when circumstances preclude using the viewfinder, and I moan about it every time. I have never used the video feature, so I cannot comment on that. The quick set button is a godsend, giving fast and easy access to all the most useful settings without the need to go to the menu.

The one feature of my EOS350D that I miss is the A-DEP mode, which I used often on that camera. Its absence frequently has me fumbling for the depth-of-field preview button (the only one which is awkwardly placed) and then fiddling with the aperture setting and trying again. It helps that even in P mode one can use the main dial to adjust the aperture/shutter speed combination (while keeping the EV constant). That saves a lot of time.

I mentioned action shots earlier. I do find the choice of continuous shooting speeds a boon. The low speed setting is fine for conserving card space and cutting down time spent deleting, while the high speed setting is ideal for those fast moving situations where the timing of the shot is critical.

Image quality is as good as I expected and better. The 18 mp sensor provides excellent resolution and gives plenty of scope for cropping. As for noise, I hardly ever need to consider it except in low light situations, where high ISO settings are needed. I did need to upgrade my standard lens to get the best out of the camera, but I had half expected that. I also had to buy a bigger memory card. The auto white balance works well most of the time, while the specialised settings are well chosen and useful. Most of the time I find no need to adjust the WB in post-processing. The autofocus is every bit as good as I had hoped and copes well with unpredictable moving subjects such as birds in flight. I still need to use manual focus in some situations but the clear viewfinder makes it easy.

To sum up, I just love this camera. I am going to be using it long after it is superseded, I am sure.

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