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Canon are shortly to offer a major update for the 7D see here.
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I could not get the link to work.
Did you mean This update?
It is apparently available in early august and there is a link to a video explaining the new features just over halfway down the page.
Looking forward to the upgrade thanks for the heads-up
Got the working link.
good upgrade especially for continuous shooting in raw
Suggests the 7D is not going to be replaced any time soon, despite being around for 3 years (a long time in the digi-world! )
Maybe Canon is gearing itself up for its much rumoured entry into mirrorless: this autumn, so it is said - not that anyone outside Canon really knows. Lol!
An interesting point, CB. When the 5DIII was announced there were some comments that the 7D2 was being delayed while Canon worked out what their model line-up would look like.
But if the 7D has the facilities (still has AF system to match almost anything else at its price) then why not just add new software. Is this a case of marketing realism starting to come to the fore?
It's still much more expensive than the Sony A77 which matches or beats it in all departments including image quality - quite apart from being lighter, smaller, having many more features and the best video of any DSLR-type camera. I guess Canon needed to remind everyone it's still there.
Does anyone still buy Sony DSLRs? I get the impression Sony themselves have largely lost interest and are concentrating on pushing their NEX system.
Oh, look.. The Sony fanboy is back
Quote: having many more features
Anything I would find useful? The AF on the 7D seems to be superior (so much for 'all departments') and better for action and that is why I bought it. The cameras are about two years apart and if they do update the 7D it will probably leapfrog the A77.
Sorry to be short but the thread was about updating the 7D and possibly extending the life of the 7D not about its comparison with other marques.
Edited to add: http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_7D-vs-Sony-A77
LO nice one SW, and to think you accused me of being a Troll.
Keep going Sony need the sales.
Quote: The Sony fanboy is back
Be fair Mike....................... even Sony DSLRs have to have one fanboy!
Quote: they do update the 7D it will probably leapfrog the A77
Well that's the thing isn't it? By means of firmware updates you can end up with what is effectively a new camera. Other than the megapixels - but who (amongst enthusiasts) care about that these days.
Quote: Does anyone still buy Sony DSLRs? I get the impression Sony themselves have largely lost interest and are concentrating on pushing their NEX system.
Your impression is wrong. Sony DSLRs are dead of course, but the SLTs are alive and kicking. The A37, A57 and A77 seem to be selling very well. The next camera is the pro FF A99 which is due soon. Sony are still introducing new Alpha lenses - the most recent being a 500mm f4 pro lens. It's not like Olympus who have canned their DSLR lenses to concentrate on M4:3. They're committed to marketing both Alpha and NEX and have the budget to do it.
Quote: Well that's the thing isn't it? By means of firmware updates you can end up with what is effectively a new camera. Other than the megapixels - but who (amongst enthusiasts) care about that these days.
Slight exaggeration. You can improve the software - and in this case Canon have given the 7D a bigger buffer. You can't improve the hardware and the most significant improvements in digital cameras are in hardware (the sensor, etc).
'Scuse my ignorance, but I have to ask, never having done a firmware update to a dslr before...but are their any potential pitfalls to this? Way back in the depths of my mind, I seem to recall people having reported that certain things didn't work after doing an update. Or am I remembering wrong?
Well SLTs are certainly a niche market.
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