Canon 7D DSLR First Hands On: 18 Megapixels, 24FPS Full HD Video for $1900 – Canon EOS 7D – Gizmodo

The 7D feels like Canon took the results of a survey they handed out to people about what they wanted in a camera and crammed ’em all into one product targeted at semi-pros. Full HD video with manual exposure in 24, 25 or 30 frames per second, check. More rugged, weatherproof body than 5D, check. Customizable buttons, including a new multifunction button, check. A dedicated button for switching to RAW+JPEG mode. Um, check. Electronic axis level? Also check. It has dual DIGIC IV image processors, the first model outside of the pro 1Ds line with dual image processors for fast burst shooting: 8FPS with 94-shot JPEG bursts (124 with UDMA card) or 15 RAW shots, all at full resolution with 14-bit A/D conversion.

But, it’s not full-frame: They’ve crammed 18 megapixels into an APS-C-sized sensor (like in the Rebel series or 50D, versus full-frame in the 5D) with an ISO range from 100-6400, and a Hi setting of 12,800. Canon says they’ve shortened the distance between the photodiodes in the sensor, which decreases light falloff, supposedly translating into better high ISO performance.

We got to shoot with a beta pre-production model for a little while in midtown using a couple of Canon’s new EF-S lenses—a 15-85mm ($800, coming in Oct.) that’s replacing the old 17-85mm, and a 100mm macro lens ($1050, out in Sept.)—so you can see some of the low-light results, along with other samples, below. (Again, Canon would like us to reiterate that the pictures are from a pre-production sample, i.e., not final product.)

via Canon 7D DSLR First Hands On: 18 Megapixels, 24FPS Full HD Video for $1900 – Canon EOS 7D – Gizmodo.

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