Rumor mills have been busy pumping out the bits and bytes about the upcoming Canon 7D. At the beginning it was rumored to be a full frame DLSR but now it appears to be an advanced APS-C format DSLR with 1.6x crop factor based on the bundled EF-S kit lenses.

The most recent information about the Canon 7D specifications appears to have come from a post in a Chinese language photography forum. Canon Rumors and Neutralday both have translations of the specs.


Canon 7D specifications

  • 18M effective pixel APS-C sensor
  • Dual DIGIC-4 digital image processor, 14 bit ADC (Analog-to-digital converter)
  • ~8 frames/second continues shooting, 94 frames fine jpeg and 15 frames RAW buffer
  • All new center 8 way double cross AF sensor, total of 19 cross-type AF sensors
  • ISO 100-6400 (expendable to ISO 12800)
  • All new 100%, 1.0x magnification viewfinder with intelligent information display,  3D electronic level
  • iFCL metering system that uses both brightness and color information
  • Anti-reflective 3″ LCD with 930K dots and 160 degree viewing angle
  • HD video shooting, stereo microphone input and HDMI output
  • LiveView shooting mode, face priority AF
  • Video/LiveView switch
  • Super streamlined body design, metallic shutter sound, 150K shutter life span
  • Builtin flash has coverage equivalent to that of a 24mm lens, EOS E-TTL Speedlite Sytem
  • Automatic light optimization (dynamic range optimizer?)
  • Lens peripheral illumination (vignetting) correction
  • Full range of picture styles
  • EOS anti-dust system

From the specification, the new Canon 7D appears to be a direct competitor to Nikon’s D300s.  However I am not sure putting 18 megapixel on the APS-C sized sensor makes sense especially if that means worse noise performance.

Also rumored is the new Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS macro lens featuring dual mode image stabilization, UD-glass for reduced chromatic aberration, 9 aperture blades for beautiful background blur (bokeh), internal focus, ring-type USM with optimized focus algorithm for quite and fast auto focus, and full time manual focus mode that is frequently used for macro photography.


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