Video: Canon EOS 7D
Julie Govan is the Brand Manager at Crutchfield, and has been writing about consumer electronics since 1999. Her areas of expertise include home theater, surround sound, digital cameras, and HDTV. In her spare time, she also writes book reviews and fiction. She earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College, and went on to receive a master's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia.
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Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. Zak traces the roots of his interest in electronic gadgets to the Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator he received as a gift one year as a child. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V team in 2007.
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Canon's EOS 7D is a powerful, versatile digital SLR. In this video, Julie and Zak talk about their favorite features.
Zak: Hi, I'm Zak and I'm with Julie today in the Crutchfield studio to talk about the Canon EOS7D digital camera. Now we got a chance to take this home, and there's really tons to talk about. We'll just cover the highlights today.
Julie: Right. So one of the first things I noticed when I started using it was the autofocus. Canon took the 9-point autofocus system that was on previous models and they overhauled it big time so you get a very smart, very fast 19-point autofocus system in this camera. And honestly, when I was using it felt like the camera was reading my mind about what I wanted to focus on. It was that fast.
Zak: Now one of the 7D's main improvements is that it now has two processors inside, which makes the whole operation of the camera that much more snappy. But it's really important when you're shooting in the burst mode at 8-frames per second — great for when you're shooting sports, wildlife, or just a wiggly kid out in the backyard.
Julie: Right. Another thing that I liked about the EOS 7D is that they've given it a better viewfinder. Now previous models had a 95% coverage viewfinder, which might sound pretty good. But it does mean that as you're taking a picture you're having to remind yourself, "I need to allow for some margin around the edges." This viewfinder is a 100% coverage viewfinder. That means that what you see is exactly what you get.
Zak: Here's something I really like, and I know Canon shooters have been waiting around for a while: If you have a Speedlite at home, the pop up flash can now trigger that Speedlite from across the room, so you can set up the perfect lighting for portrait shots. It's really nice to have.
Julie: So one last thing to mention about the EOS 7D is its HD movie mode. I like to see that built into an SLR because it gives you a great back up option for capturing footage. It doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to be tossing your video camera out any time soon. Another thing that's kind of fun about this is you get to play with some of the shooting modes of the camera, any lenses you might have and manual focus. And the results are pretty fun, and they look really good.
Zak: Yeah, I had a great time playing with that. And as you can see this is a very powerful camera. You get a lot of control over your picture taking and it's built like a rock. We've really just scratched the surface of what it can do here today. If you want to see what it does in real world conditions check out my blog post at crutchfield.com/EOS7Dblog
Julie: Right. You can also get full specs online at crutchfield.com/CanonEOS7D or you could give us a call with any questions you have.