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CanonEOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 2132 reviews)

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    (339)

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    (22)

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    (5)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (1837)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1577)
  • Large clear LCD (1545)
  • Fast shutter speed (1463)
  • High ISO performance (1321)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (192)
  • Short battery life (92)
  • Poor in low light (55)
  • Heavy (30)
  • No image stabilization (24)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (1369)
  • Landscape/scenery (1216)
  • Wildlife (1114)
  • Low light (1040)
  • Travel (1014)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (746), Semi-pro photographer (739), Pro photographer (368), Casual photographer (120), Photography student (37)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1354), Yes (77)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

7D is a great camera.

I was hestitant to purchase this due to negative reviews on internet regarding focus issues. When I received the camera, I tested the focus first out of the box. Yes it was soft....Read complete review

I was hestitant to purchase this due to negative reviews on internet regarding focus issues. When I received the camera, I tested the focus first out of the box. Yes it was soft. I called regarding returning it, and B&H rep was willing to do this, but refered me to the tech department first. I explained the problem and Rob the tech guru explained about the micro adjustment on the camera which enables you to micro tune focus to any lens. If you have a camera and lens at the same end of tolerance when they leave the factory this can happen. Bottom line, I used a twenty dollar bill, a tripod and the self timer set to 10 seconds, and after about two hours work, I set micro adjustment to Plus 4, and have a crisp clean sharp focus. This camera will allow you to fine tune to any lens and the camera will remember it. I use this for birding, so feathers are what it's all about. I have not been disappointed. Add blistering fast frame rate at 8 per second and this is one great action/wildlife camera. It's a bit noisy at higher ISO's as with any of the crop sensor cameras. One con is the CF card. While really fast with the new pro 1000x, they are quite spendy and at 8 frames going full tilt, you need the fastest cards.It will go continuously for about 4 seconds shooting full RAW files, then lag. Buffer clears in about 2 seconds. Haven't tried JPG's yet

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

EOS 7D User Review and Comparisons

My wife raved for weeks about pictures she was viewing on Facebook that were posted by a number of photographers in Florida. She kept saying, and they shot these with a 7D and a...Read complete review

My wife raved for weeks about pictures she was viewing on Facebook that were posted by a number of photographers in Florida. She kept saying, and they shot these with a 7D and a 500 mm lens or a 7D and my (her) lens (the 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6). I never get pictures like that. So, I bought her the camera and we've been using it for about 2 weeks...and she's still not getting photos "like that" and neither am I. But, that is mostly due to the lousy lighting conditions here in southwest Ohio as compared to those in central and southern Florida.
- Most useful or most welcome features for us so far are
-- 1.6x crop factor delivered by the sensor, which is smaller than what we have been shooting for the last 1-2 years (5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV). Coupled with my 300 mm f/2.8 and 2x extender II or 2x extender III, the subjects we shoot (hawks, owls, eagles, and many common birds) are significantly larger in the viewfinder and in the final photo.
-- New design of the autofocus sensors as well as the additional sensors available over the 5D Mark II and the accuracy of that focus (at least in good light) versus the 5D Mark II (not as good as the 1D Mark IV)
- Trade-offs versus 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV are
-- Smaller sensor results in significantly more noise in dark subjects and in low-light or when using "higher" ISOs (even 500 and 640 are not nearly as good as the other two cameras)
-- Image quality at any ISO I've shot so far is not as good as the 5D Mark II or the 1D Mark IV in my humble opinion.
-- Extra magnification (crop factor) results in comparitively more shake when used with telephoto lenses; not only is the subject magnified, so are all movements of the user. (Hint: If you have any difficulty with image stability when hand-holding a telephoto lens, that "instability" will be significantly magnified when moving to a 1.6 crop factor sensor like that in the 7D.) If you already use a 1.6 crop-factor camera, you'll be right at home with the 7D.
Overall, my wife loves the camera for the autofocus sensors and even more so for the additional crop factor she gets with the 100-400 mm. I like it for the additional crop factor with my 300 f/2.8 and 1.4 or 1.6 extender, but I don't find the focusing or image quality to be on par with the 1D Mark IV. The 5D Mark II images are far superior as far as noise and overall color, but the 5D Mark II did/does have focusing issues.

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4.0

great camera

By john

from willow grove, pa

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Small LCD Screen

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

great pictures. need a course in how to operate

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  • No

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5.0

Great product.

By Morris

from New York

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed

Cons

  • Noisy At High ISO

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Video

Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

Good for both photo and video.

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  • No

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5.0

The only downside is the sensor size

By Behoff

from Saratoga Springs, NY

Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

In a lot of ways this is superior to its more professional siblings - newer processor version, more cross type focus points, etc. - and it is significantly less expensive.

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5.0

Fantastic Camera

By Stanley A.

from Easthampton, MA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    This is one fantastic camera. It has a great feel and is comfortable to use. I find the cameras weight to be more an asset than a hindrance. I shoot mainly with prime lenses and find the camera to be well balanced, even with longer telephoto lenses. The images I have made with this camera are fantastic. I am thoroughly pleased with this camera and would recommend it to anyone looking or a fast, comfortable, reliable camera.

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    5.0

    Very good camera

    By Ken

    from Fort Worth, TX

    Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    Excellent semi-pro camera. Only disadvantage is how heavy it is.

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    5.0

    Canon 7D

    By Jim

    from Goldsboro, North Carolina

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I recently purchased the 7D as a upgrade for my 50D. I am blown away with the speed and the accuracy of the auto focus system. Being a sports photographer for the local paper this body suits my needs, Shooting in High School arenas we all know that the lighting is always a challenge,I have not had any issues and would recommend this body. With the 1.6 crop its a very versatile body.

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      5.0

      Amazing camera!

      By Mike

      from Arizona

      Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      Received this camera last week, I'm loving it. Great quality, easy to use, and love the photos Im capturing.

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      5.0

      Perfect for backup camera

      By mlofoto

      from USA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I purchased this as a backup to my 5DM3 and it is doing exactly what I need.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera

          By daniel

          from seattle

          Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          Got this as an upgrade to my 40D AMD so far its been great. You don't realize how unergonomic your camera is until you hold one that is designed so well. The shutter is fast and having so many focal points is helpful. Biggest improvement is the the high ISO. The highest setting is still pretty sharp and doesn't have much noise. Great camera, highly reccomend it.

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          5.0

          Reality

          By JRL

          from PUERTO RICO

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          This is one hell of a camera. I do not care what anyone has to say. Opinions and reviews are great, but only for information and decisions when buying. If you really know what you're doing, and the type of work you're into….believe me, 7D is a fantastic camera. Equipment does help, but your eyes and mine work better.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Fantastic!

          By Cat

          from Maine

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

            I do mostly wildlife photography (mainly birds), and so far it has performed admirably. A little heavier than my previous models, but worth it. With the right tripod/monopod, no big deal.

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            • No

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            5.0

            EOS 7D

            By Carden Candids

            from Mocksville, NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I use this camera for all of my photography, but love its speed and functionality for my sports photography. This is my 2nd 7D. For sports and fast FPS this is the best I have found for the price. You will be pleased if you purchase this camera.

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              5.0

              Great "cropped" camera!

              By MPandini Photo

              from Colatina, ES - BRAZIL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Long Battery Life W Grip
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                I was away from the "world of SLR cameras" for some years, and I researched a lot before buying this fantastic Canon product. I bought only the body with battery grip, because I already had the EF-S 18-55mm lens, obtained separately. After I started using it, even with a simple lens, and with a "cropped" sensor, I say I did great shots. As a photo-enthusiast, I think I did an excellent purchase.
                The features of this camera fully met my expectations. And shoot in a tropical country, with so exuberant nature and with predominantly warm climate, it is not always easy. But, it seems that my EOS 7D "fit like a glove" for those conditions.
                So far, no problems. And I hope get some better lens soon!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Pro camera

                By Tracee

                from Reno Nevada

                Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Definitely a professional camera. I read through forums about the D70 being superior, maybe in some aspects but the D7 feels great in my hands, made well, not flimsy. It surely will be able to withstand constant use (and abuse).

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                4.0

                Canon 7D

                By jh

                from west central WI

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  Bought this to replace my aging 60D and also to have 2 7D's. Nice to have 2 camera's that are the same for shooting sports. Very happy with this purchase.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  70D

                  By Wormavin

                  from Fresno Ca

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Noisy At High ISO

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  This was a gift I purchased for my wife. She is very happy with the camera body so far

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Tried and true

                  By Chief Photographer

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I had a 7D a few years ago. I upgraded to a 5D MkII and ultimately a 5D MkIII. I realized that I missed the 7D and decided to get another one as a backup and to shoot with some longer lens.Still a great camera.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    up grade

                    By firedh

                    from tampa fl

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Video

                    Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    ease of use

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Top of the line camera

                    By Rick

                    from Adak, Ak

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      I have been a Nikon user for the past 30 years. I decided to switch to Canon to take advantage of the L series lens. After weeks of research, wanting a "mid range" camera, I decided on the Canon 7D. There is nothing mid range about this camera. It is top of the line and will be in my bag for years to come. It is a great camera. Although I will probably not use all of its features, I love the way it is set up with the photographer in mind.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Second 7D Body

                      By Gene

                      from Virginia Beach, VA USA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        I'm a retired professional photographer and writer who likes to keep in shape (short to long distance bicycle touring and hiking)and I enjoy wildlife photography. I bought this 7D body as a backup for my first 7D body. In the field, I try to use my Canon 5D Mark II bodies as much as possible, but switch to a 7D body when requiring more reach rather than using a tele-converter.

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