We have been hearing rumours about this camera for MONTHS. But now, It’s official and the video mode is everything we wanted and more!
Here are the specs:
You can read a preview at dpreview here.
So we are talking APS-C cropped sensor. That’s essentially a magnification factor of 1.6x on a 35mm format. So you if you have L series lenses like the 50mm f1.2 then it will become more like an 80mm frame of view. So if I went down this route and bought a 7d body I would have to get an EF-S wide prime as all my nice wides will lose a lot. The rest of my lenses I would just leave as is. But don’t forget…the APS-C sensor is VERY similar in size to the RED sensor and the SUPER 35mm frame, which means the 7d will work very nicely with a PL adaptor, probably.
The video function is of course what I am most keen about. With full HD 1080p 24, 25 and of course 30p that’s fantastic. Also great is the 720p 50p and 60p which means you can do some awesome slow motion with this camera.
This is a quote from the official press release:
The EOS 7D features an improved movie function allowing users to record Full HD movies with full manual control and selectable frame rates. The operation of the movie function has been improved to make it easier to use via direct access to settings with dedicated buttons. AF can now be started by either half pressing the shutter button or using the AF-ON button as before.
The exposure of the movie can be controlled in Manual mode allowing full control of shutter speeds and apertures. It is possible to select frame rates from: 30 (29.97), 25, and 24 (23.976), with 60 (59.94) and 50 available at 720p. ISO can be set automatically or manually in the range (100-6400) and is expandable to 12800. EOS 7D also allows users to trim and cut their movies.
It has two settings. NTSC and PAL. in the PAL setting you get 25 and 30p in full hd and 720p 50p. NTSC gets you 24p, 30p and 720p 60p.
What does it mean for us 5dmkII owners? Well we still have a larger sensor…but we all really hope that Canon bring out some firmware for our cameras to make us happy. Will it happen? Can it happen? Let’s hope so!
Shame the LCD is fixed and not swivel.
So this camera is not a replacement for the 5dmkII but one step below it, essentially making it the king of the APS-C DSLRs. Sony really missed a trick with their recent announcements of DSLRs, all lacking video. Nikon really should have upped their game with the D300s and given it full HD and full manual controls.The D700x could still be what we are after.
But although it is a step below the 5dmkII it has those features that we would all kill for. Let’s see what happens!
I would love to review the camera asap so people can know how good it is but all my Canon gear I bought myself, I have no contacts there so I will just have to wait until it is out. Unless anyone knows someone…!
Oh and if you want a little chuckle, check out my Downfall remix and a not very happy reaction to this news…