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Canon 7D released

Canon has released the rumored Canon 7D and by all measures it looks like a winner. I didn’t quite get the specs right but it is what I expected, and more. It’s a good release especially after the disappointing sales of the 50D.

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To be fair, the 50D was really aimed above the Nikon D90, but without a higher end camera, it was going to be put against the D300 and the D300 was a far superior camera in everyway. The Canon 7D fixes that whopping big hole and may be even better than the Nikon D300s which has been announced. Time will tell, but in the meantime, here’s the specs.

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor APS-C
  • Dual DIGIC 4 processors
  • Magnesium alloy body has weather seals and a shutter rated to 150,000 cycles
  • 3-inch LCD display with 920,000 pixels
  • Intelligent pentaprism viewfinder has 100% coverage, a magnification of 1.0X
  • An LCD is overlaid on top of the viewfinder to show AF points, composition grids, spot metering, electronic level, and the usual shooting info
  • Pop-up flash has built-in wireless flash transmitter; external flash supported via hot shoe or flash sync port
  • New 19-point, all cross-type AF system
  • Supports AF point expansion (surrounding AF points used to track a moving subject) and Zone AF (divides all focus points into five selectable zones)
  • Records movies in Full HD (1920 x 1080) with sound, using H.264 codec
  • Intelligent Macro Tracking detects when a macro lens is attached and adjusts the AI Servo sampling frequency to compensate for forward/backward camera movement
  • New iFCL 63-zone dual layer metering system
  • ISO range of 100 – 12,800 when fully expanded
  • Continuous shooting at 8 frames/second (15 RAW, 126 JPEG with UDMA card)
  • Dual axis electronic level handles roll and pitch; data can be shown on LCD or viewfinder
  • Dust reduction system
  • Frame rates at 1920 x 1080: 30p, 24p, 25p; at 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p; at 640 x 480: 60p, 50p
  • Exposure and focus can be manually adjusted
  • Dedicated movie recording button
  • Stereo mic input
  • CompactFlash Type I/II slot
  • HDMI output
  • Ships in late September for US$1699 body only, and a lot more for the Australian version
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