New Gear: Canon EOS 7D

Canon’s new totally redesigned 7D fills the space that currently existed in Canon’s DSLR line-up between the 50D and the 5D Mark II. Checking in at $1,699 (body only) the 7D is equipped with a new 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 4 processors, making it capable of capturing an impressive 8 frames-per-second. As you would probably expect, it’s also capable of capturing full HD video, but it has the added bonus of 24 frames-per-second mode, which makes your footage look like it was shot with a movie camera.

The 7D will be available at the end of the month. There will also be a kit option that will come with an EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens for $1,899. Overall, the spec list is quite impressive for that price point. If you’re not the type that absolutely needs a full-frame sensor, it should more than meet your needs. All the important specs and images below.

–100% viewfinder with 1x magnification
–3-inch LCD with 920k dot resolution
–19-point cross-type AF sensor
–Dual DIGIC 4 processors for 8 fps shooting in all formats
–Focus Colour Luminance metering system (iFCL) intelligently measures focus, colour and luminance, across 63 zones
–Dual-Axis Electronic Level to ensure level shooting
–Built-in flash has manual controls and covers focal lengths as wide as 15mm
–ISO range of 100-6,400, expandable to 12,800
–Redesigned magnesium alloy inspired by the incredibly tough EOS-1N
–Video frame rates: 30 (29.97), 25, and 24 (23.976), with 60 (59.94) and 50 available at 720p
–Full manual control in movie mode