New Firmware Update for the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR

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Although it won’t be available until early August, Canon has announced a firmware upgrade for its EOS 7D DSLR camera. The Canon EOS 7D is one of the most popular APS-C DSLRs among serious photographers and semi-professionals and now Canon is giving it a performance bump with an exciting new upgrade: Firmware Version 2.0.X.

The improvements that come with the firmware update push the 7D closer to the professional end of the DSLR spectrum, offering numerous enhancements for photographers shooting on the go and those who shoot with multiple cameras.

For starters, the number of images that can be shot in a high-speed burst (at 8 fps) has increased from 126 to 130 in JPEG Large/Fine and from 15 to 25 when shooting in RAW. Speaking of RAW, the new firmware will allow for RAW images to be processed directly in the camera! This is a huge timesaver as it is no longer necessary to download RAW images to your computer in order to retouch them and re-save them as JPEG files. JPEG files can also be re-sized in-camera through the quick control functions in playback mode.

The new firmware will also bring more control over ISO speed in the ISO Auto mode. Previously maxing out at 3200, the updates will increase the ISO Auto range to 100-6400 but will also enable the user to set the parameters, in full-step increments, of the ISO Auto range so as to not range too high when such a high ISO is not desired.

When shooting HD video with the 7D, Firmware 2.0.X has enabled manual adjustment of up to 64 audio levels prior to recording. This improvement offers refined audio control in line with the functionality of the EOS 5D Mark II.

Once the new firmware is installed, the Canon EOS 7D will be fully compatible with Canon’s GP-E2 GPS Receiver, thus allowing the outdoor photographer to record latitude, longitude and altitude as well as camera direction. Mounted on the hot shoe or tethered via a USB cable, the GP-E2 also syncs the camera’s clock to Coordinated Universal Time and, with supplied software, can map the photographer’s route.

Also part of the update is a faster scrolling of magnified images on the LCD, improved quick control during playback and the ability to modify, in-camera, the first four characters of a file name. This is an immensely valuable image identification tool when shooting with multiple cameras.

A grab-bag of wonderful improvements, the new Firmware Version 2.0.X for the great Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR will be available free of charge at Canon’s website in early August. In the meantime, follow this link to learn more.

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Can firmware update can be done without card reader?
I mean, can I do it with an usb cable?

Thanks.

When the firmware update is released in August, you will be able to download it to you computer from the Canon website.
You will be given instructions on how to install the update in your camera. Basically, you connect your 7D via USB cable and then launch the update.
Be sure your camera’s battery is fully charged and that you shut down all other app’s on your computer. Do not do anything on your computer until the firmware is installed. If the firmware update process is interrupted, the camera could lock up and you would have to send the camera into Canon for servicing.

not supported with mountain lion?
tried putting the file on my card but that didn't work.
link to "how to upgrade firmware" on canon site doesn't work either.
nice!

Yes. Simply plug your camera to your pc/laptop and download the file direct.

Does it mean that the Canon 7d Mk II is not in sight for long time?

We do not have foreknowledge of when Canon releases camera equipment. You would have to either contact Canon directly with your inquiry, or you would have to wait for Canon to issue a press release announcing a new camera replacing the Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera.

This WILL be the Canon EOS 7d MkII ;-)

Yay! Looking forward to it. Thanks, Canon! And thanks B&H for the news.

v2 software (firmware) is NOW available for download from the Canon website. Also, a revised edition of the instruction manual is available for FREE download.

Enjoy

Where is the new 2.0 Canon 7D firmware. I went to the Canon website and does not find it

Hello Fernando -

The next evolution of the EOS 7D has arrived! Firmware Version 2.0.X brings the EOS 7D up to speed with the best technologies Canon has to offer, delivering performance and features befitting the flagship APS-C EOS DSLR. Firmware Version 2.0.X keeps the EOS 7D on the cutting edge of technological innovation by adding user-requested innovations developed for Canon’s high-end EOS cameras: A higher maximum burst rate for continuous shooting, definable maximum limit for ISO Auto, compatibility with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, and manual audio level adjustment. Additional enhanced features include faster scrolling of magnified images, quick control during playback, in-camera RAW image processing, JPEG image resizing and ratings, plus customization of file names and time zone settings. A significant upgrade, Firmware Version 2.0.X raises the performance on one of the most popular Canon EOS DSLRs ever created. Prepare to experience the power of the EOS 7D on a whole new level.  if you have more questioions pleawse e-mail us at: AskBH@BandH.com

What about audio monitoring with Headphones via the usb port??

Hello -

The USB port on DSLR's (and other cameras) is not designed to offer an audio output signal. A computer interface or gaming platform will offer this feature.  Bottom line - headset monitoring is not available via the Canon EOS 7D's USB port. You can add headphone monitoring by using a BeachTek DXA-SLR Active Audio Adapter.

Need to update camera to current firmware, as of 8 Jul 2014....