Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR & EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Kit £1412.30 delivered (SAVE £988) @ Amazon
Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR & EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Kit £1412.30 delivered (SAVE £988) @ Amazon

Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR & EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Kit £1412.30 delivered (SAVE £988) @ Amazon

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* 18 Megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor
* Continuous shooting at 8fps with 94 shot JPEG burst
* ISO range 100-6400 expandable to 12800 for excellent low-light performance
* Intelligent Viewfinder with 100% coverage
* 19-point cross-type AF system including Spot AF


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Designed by you, built by Canon
The Canon EOS 7D is built to match the passion of demanding professionals or advanced amateur photographers. Its design marries the precision of its 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor, with powerful dual DIGIC 4 image processors to deliver superb resolution, 8 frames per second shooting and high ISO performance.

19-point AF system, iFCL metering system, an intelligent viewfinder with 100% coverage, alongside Full HD 1080 movie shooting means the EOS 7D combines performance with unprecedented versatility.
The new menu layout and ergonomic control dial makes using the EOS 7D a breeze.

The new menu layout and ergonomic control
dial makes using the EOS 7D a breeze.
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Powerful resolution and performance
The 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor provides superb quality images with sufficient resolution and detail to enable you to scale your images up and crop in to them, as well as getting creative with your image processing.

The EOS 7D is Canon's first dual processor camera outside the EOS 1 range. Working alongside the sensor, two powerful DIGIC 4 processors bring impressive speed - 8 frames per second in bursts of up to 94 JPEGs - and an extremely broad range of ISO performance: from 100 - 6400, expandable to an ultra-sensitive 12800. Not only do you benefit from remarkably low noise and improved performance in low light conditions, Digic technology also gives natural colours and smooth gradations of tone.

Fast and precise focusing
The EOS 7D incorporates a newly developed 19-point cross-type AF system. All sensors are cross type f/5.6 - ideal for any subject, with the centre point being f/2.8 - perfect for macro or portrait shots. Five AF selection modes, including Zone and Spot modes, offer new ways to select AF points and ensure you can compose the image exactly as you want to.

iFCL Metering
To complement the 19-point AF system, the EOS 7D features a new, 63 zone dual-layer sensor. By taking into account the color and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points, this new system delivers an entirely new level of accuracy for better results even in difficult lighting situations. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimised; the EOS 7D gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as a theater or concert hall. This makes the EOS 7D ideal for scenes with extreme difference in brightness; the camera balances exposure of the main subject at the background, and exposures are not overly influenced by bright areas in the shot.

The 19-point AF system, 63 zone dual-layer sensor and 8fps shooting means you'll always get the perfect shot

The 19-point AF system, 63 zone dual-layer
sensor and 8fps shooting means you'll
always get the perfect shot
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Intelligent viewfinder
The EOS 7D features a redesigned viewfinder that not only offers an approximate 100 percent coverage, 1x magnification, a 29.4° angle of view and user-controlled dioptric adjustment, it also features a newly-designed transparent LCD display which enables a number of viewfinder displays to be overlaid at the touch of a button.

Whereas with other cameras the representation of AF points and metering areas are static, with the EOS 7D, they can be displayed, adjusted and hidden, in camera, with ease. This means less distraction and more clarity to view the image in its entirety. Display options include: grid, spot metering, AF points display, hide all, zone AF, spot (single-point) AF, AF point expansion and Dual Axis Electronic Level display.

Live View Function
The EOS 7D's 3-inch Clear View II LCD monitor, with Live View, Face Detection and 160° viewing angle, is easy to use even in bright daylight.

Switching to Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the LCD monitor. It's easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping vertical or horizontal lines in your composition straight. Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through a USB connection, and the included EOS Utility software.

In Live View Function you can action three Auto Focus (AF) modes: Quick mode, Live Mode and Face Detection Live. Quick mode uses the camera's standard AF system and is great for capturing action or for shooting in low light. Live mode is a contrast-based AF system that reads the sharpness of subjects right from the imaging sensor, and can be overridden by pressing the AF mode selection button. The target area for Live Mode AF is at the center by default, but it can be moved around most of the picture area with the cross keys on the back of the camera. Face Detection Live optimises the focus based on the faces it detects in the frame, making it easy to capture fast spontaneous portraits.

High Definition movie-making
In addition to being able to take great still images, with the EOS 7D's Full HD (1080p) video recording with manual control and selectable frame rates, you can also shoot stunning high quality movie footage. What's more there's no need to choose: you can capture both at the same time. The camera has a built in mono microphone with wind cut filter and a stereo mini-jack for an external microphone. It is easy to view and share your movies and stills too thanks to an HDMI connection, which allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV.

Customising the Portrait Picture Style lets you shoot with confidence.

Customising the Portrait Picture Style lets
you shoot with confidence.
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Choose your style
The EOS 7D allows you to change the look of your images by customising Picture Style settings for colour, saturation, sharpness and contrast, either in-camera or later with Canon's comprehensive software suite supplied. Six preset Picture Styles include Portrait, which provides a slightly sharp and crisp image with nice skin tones, Landscape, which emphasizes vivid blues and greens, and Monochrome to give you stunning black and white images. Canon also offers additional downloadable 'Picture Style Files' that can be installed into your camera for even more imaging options at your fingertips.

Unlock your creativity
The EOS 7D offers a choice of shooting modes. Full Auto allows you to use the camera to 'point and shoot'; Portrait, which ensures the background is out of focus and the foreground is pin sharp. Creative Auto Mode (CA) is a cross between the Basic and Program Modes allowing you to adjust the Flash, resolution, drive mode and Picture Style. You can set aperture and exposure via a slider that's adjusted with the Quick Control dial.

For more control over your images you can choose from five Program Modes.
The different modes allow you to control the look and feel of your images

The different modes allow you to control
the look and feel of your images.
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In Program AE Mode both the aperture and shutter speed are controlled by the camera but you can select other settings: With Drive Mode you can select from Single Shot, Continuous Shooting or Self-timer; Metering Mode allows you to specify the area of the image you wish the camera to use to calculate exposure; and White Balance setting means you can determine what the camera reads as white to allow for your specific lighting conditions.

Aperture Priority AE Mode (Av) mode automatically sets the shutter speed, but allows you to control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture.

Shutter Priority AE Mode (Tv) automatically sets the aperture and you select the shutter speed enabling you to change the appearance of motion in your shots.

Manual mode allows you to control both aperture and shutter speed so you have total creative freedom with your shots - great for difficult lighting situations or capturing subjects with different effects.

Bulb Exposure Mode (B) enables you to take long exposure shots using a cable release and tripod. The shutter remains open all the time your finger is on the shutter button.

In these modes you can change your ISO speed. This is the measure of the sensor's sensitivity to light. Altering it allows you to modify the exposure accordingly and gives you more freedom to be creative with your shots in different lighting conditions.

You can also pre-program up to three user-defined Custom Modes (C1, C2, C3). Using a menu system you can store the camera set up, including ISO metering pattern, white balance, shooting mode and custom function sets, so that you can automatically reselect that set up simply by choosing the appropriate Custom Mode on the dial. A sports photographer may have favorite settings for motor racing, gymnastics and tennis for example. Setting these as Custom Modes makes switching between them quick and convenient.

Reliable and compatible
The EOS 7D's robust magnesium alloy body has shutter durability of 150,000 releases and highly dust- and weather-resistant environmental seals making it extremely reliable and equally suited to location or studio work. It is compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards for convenient storage options. An Optional Wireless File Transmitter with External HDD and GPS compatibility is available.

Professional Software
The EOS 7D allows you to shoot in RAW format and the Digital Photo Professional software which comes free with it enables high-speed RAW image processing, fast previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it is CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in con [snipped by DBA for length]

Good price. Think I paid £1500 for a grey import in 2009.

very good deal.. i paid 1220 for the 7d 18-135 import but this is uk spec and better lens..

nice slr. paid mine 1200 body only nov last year

all sold out already!

Had a play with one of these earlier in the year. It's a nice bit of kit but it relies far too heavily on software to cope with noise (not the audible kind).

If you compare it against a similar rival like the Nikon D300s, the jpeg output is pretty much the same but when you're at this level you'll spend most of your processing time dealing with RAW versions as they offer you a lot more control over the images.

Comparing the RAW versions (that haven't been meddled with by the in-camera software), you'll see fuzz straight from ISO100 and by ISO800 (something you'll use a lot if you shoot indoors without a flash) the noise is unbearable... Which is pretty appalling for a prosumer-aimed body like this.

It does have some nice features but the CMOS sensor is flawed. That said, this is a common fault in all-but-the-most-expensive Canon bodies today.

Disclaimer: I am a Nikon user.. But so what? The 7d is noisy.

Damn, missed this one

Ha! Ages late but in side by side tests against a Nikon D300 the 7D is clearly the better camera in the noise stakes... so back in your box!

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