Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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huge megapixel count but let down by high iso noise
Canon EOS 7D
Member Name: clarkjames
Canon EOS 7D
Advantages: good IQ at low iso, solid camera, video
Disadvantages: high iso quality, complicated AF
The d800 is topping the charts with megapixel counts but the 7d (and in fact all of canon's current crop sensor cameras) are sporting a higher resolution, or 'pixels per inch'
because 36mp full frame cropped down to a aps-c actually has a higher pixel density- this provides tremendous detail at low iso, but at high iso there is some pretty major noise. With 18mp you can crop down to 10mp and still get large prints out of it- so it makes a great camera for anything where you are focal length challenged, such as sports or wildlife- a 70-200 f4 IS makes a great lightweight combination with an effective 112-320mm focal length.
Now that the science bit is over let's get into the rest of the review. In my opinion this camera is too complicated, as a professional photographer I know my way around a camera but this one left me clueless- so overly unnecessarily complicated is the AF system that it led to missed shots while I wrestled with settings. You can maybe make it simpler but I got rid of the camera by that point, the professional 1 series cameras I use are much simpler, they just work as you'd expect them to- I strongly suspect the consumer grade canon's have a chip on their shoulder and need to provide all the bells and whistles to their amateur buyers.
The camera has great video, all canon's do- but it's no better than a 550d, maybe there are some differences but I don't shoot video enough to know them.
all in all the 7d is a good camera, but it is the opposite experience to shooting with a manual focus, manual everything film camera- this camera is tron, it is the matrix, it is confusion incarnate. If you just want to take pictures and not need a degree in auto focus systems then look into the 5dmk2 or the 60d
Summary: a good camera but too technological and gets in the way of taking pictures
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