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CanonEOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 2104 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (334)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

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    (5)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (1821)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1566)
  • Large clear LCD (1533)
  • Fast shutter speed (1449)
  • High ISO performance (1315)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (188)
  • Short battery life (92)
  • Poor in low light (55)
  • Heavy (30)
  • No image stabilization (24)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (1358)
  • Landscape/scenery (1204)
  • Wildlife (1102)
  • Low light (1033)
  • Travel (1007)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (741), Semi-pro photographer (733), Pro photographer (361), Casual photographer (120), Photography student (36)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1337), Yes (76)

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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5.0

Canon, amazing product.

By Trilobite

from Danvers, MA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife photos

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

    This was my first DSLR and it meets all my expectations. Easy to use, and quality craftsmanship.

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    • No

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    5.0

    pro thru and thru

    By FDX Flyboy

    from Memphis

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Small LCD Screen

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

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

    Used for nature and action photo. Solid feel, splendid light metering, and intuitive reaction to changing modes.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great camera

    By Saco Marketer

    from Saco 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
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

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

      This is a great camera for my work in both landscapes and people pictures. I do marketing for a small retreat and conference center and this is the perfect camera for that. It is easy to use and a great tool.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Excellent product !!!

      By ME

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

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

        I'm very happy with this purchase... Excellent camera and price as well

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great price, great camera

        By Wini

        from Wyoming

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

        She I called B&H I was trying to figure out the camera that was perfect for me. I was helped by the details given by the salesman, he helped me look at different issues and concerns one might have between the two cameras I was picking from.....AND IT WAS THE CHEAPER ONE I WENT WITH! He helped me through this process, didn't push for the more expensive camera, and was very nice. Recommend B&H!

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        4.0

        Good bang for buck

        By Canuck1

        from Stockton, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife photos

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

          Once I got the bells & whistles that the 7D has over the 60D figured out, I was very pleased with my purchase. The auto focus choices took some getting used to, but are impressive. FPS for moving subjects is excellent.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Camera

          By Duff

          from Jonesboro, AR

          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
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

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

            Using for fitness company studio photography/video. Great all around camera.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Functionality is great!

            By David William

            from Cartersville, GA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

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

              I really like the functionality and the versatility of this camera system. Easy to use and fun to explore!

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              5.0

              Love this camera

              By Birdwatcher

              from Chicago

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

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

              I mostly do bird photography. This is a replacement of my old D7, because i fell headlong into a stream while trying to take a picture. I felt totally bereft without. it is the best camera in terms of what I can afford. I find it fairly easy to use.The pictures are sharp.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Photos

              By Mcaim

              from Nj

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

              By far, an excellent camera. Clarity is pristine. The functions are extremely user friendly. The website provided valuable information making the purchase perfect.

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              5.0

              Awesome camera

              By Scott

              from St. Louis, MO

              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
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                The Canon 7D is an amazing camera. It is constructed with the metal alloy body, like the old 20D's,(not the plastic bodies like the lower-end Rebels). Image quality is outstanding. Video is full HD. Great step up for the Semi-pros, and pros. Definitely not a point-and-shoot.

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                5.0

                Excellent camera!

                By Christine

                from Middletown, NJ

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

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

                  I am an amateur nature photographer and purchased the Canon 7D because of all the rave reviews and the photos I've seen taken with it. I've been using it about a week now and it lives up to the great reviews. Can't wait to use all of the features of this awesome camera.

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                  5.0

                  Cannon 7D - great deal

                  By Belinda

                  from NYC

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

                  The image quality is a noticeable improvement on the 60d, for moving images. The only drawback is the viewfinder doesn't swivel off the back of the camera, so it's a little unsuitable for hand held filming. Other than that super happy with it.

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                  5.0

                  Great camera

                  By Nicole

                  from Austin, Texas

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

                  I bought the 7D as an upgrade from my Rebel. It's a great upgrade and great camera. I highly recommend this as an upgrade for a professional who is getting started.

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                  5.0

                  Great for Crime Scene Investigations

                  By CSI Guy

                  from Atlanta, Ga.

                  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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    I upgraded from a Canon T1i to the Canon 7D this year for a work and personal camera. I love the features and quality of the 7D. Many of the Crime Scenes I shoot are at night or low visibility so the high ISO helps me a lot. I do not use the live view function and I originally started working Crime Scenes with a Canon EOS Elan so the controls were easy for me to get used to. I do have a problem with my work computer opening the large jpeg files fast.

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                    5.0

                    Excelent camera

                    By Mauro

                    from Colombia

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

                    This is my first DSLR, and wow! I can stop taking pictures, it's quality in low light conditions is great and his 7fps is even better, great gear for natural photography!

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                    (2 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    nope

                    By boful

                    from florida

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • Poor Image Quality
                    • Poor Image Stabilization
                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

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

                      This camera sensor just takes very poor images. Lots of online reviews / comments about how poor the image is and even worst about ISO 400 or so.

                      Images are very grainy, over and under exposed, really have to tweat the camera settings just to get an average file.

                      But it does focus well and fast, that is it only strength.

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                      4.0

                      Great Camera

                      By Ryan

                      from IL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

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

                        I've been shooting my 7D for several years and with the right lenses it rarely falls short. It is crop-sensor and price reflects what you get. I use mine as my back-up to my 5D MKIII and cannot complain.

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                        5.0

                        Solid Pro backup

                        By Wedding Phil

                        from Asheville, NC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I use the 7d as a 3rd/video cam and backup for my wedding photography business.

                        While it feels like the 5d MkII in the hand, it shoots a little differently. First, the burst rate (even on RAW) is way faster. The AF seems to be faster than the 5D MkII in most cases, however one noticeable difference was that it was slower with longer telephotos in certain modes. It took some getting used to changing AF modes (never really had to do that before). The ISO also doesn't perform quite as well, but hey, its a grand less. Aside from the 18MB photos and crop frame, no real quality difference with good lighting and lenses.

                        The larger buttons, built in level, extra manual function button and dedicated video/live button were all welcome additions coming from the 5D Mk II. They make better use of the space, and are the bells and whistles that make this "downgrade" for a backup feel a lot more like a "cross grade" for someone wanting a crop frame (something that interested us because it makes for more lens selection choices).

                        All in all, happy with my purchase and B&H is always awesome.

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                        5.0

                        So far so good.

                        By Dave

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action

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

                          Just bought the camera, but have already used it to cover two motorsports events. It has met all my high expectations. I am very happy with the results so far. It's a tool that makes my work easier and the results better than before (I used a Canon Rebel XSi). The camera is also rugged, a must for my type of work.

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