Canon EOS 7D announcedHigh-end digital SLR to launch in October

01 September 2009

Canon EOS 7D

Canon has today announced the launch of the hotly-anticipated EOS 7D digital SLR. The high-end camera will be available from early October for around £1,700.

The Canon EOS 7D features an 18Mp APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 processors, which Canon describes as being able to 'offer fast, high-quality performance in all light conditions'.

Fast operation and high ISO sensitivity

Canon explains that the 7D is able to render eight frames per second, in its burst mode, and provides an ISO sensitivity expandable to 12,800.

It features a 19-point auto focus for keeping images sharp and an electronic level for ensuring that your shot is in line with the horizon.

Wide-angle photography

The Canon 7D has a 3-inch LCD with an integrated ambient light sensor, which adjusts the brightness of the screen to best suit the lighting conditions. Canon also explains that the integrated, manually controllable flash has been improved, and that it now offers a spread to cover focal lengths as wide as 15mm - making it ideal for truly wide-angle flash photography.

The camera's hardware is packed into a tough magnesium alloy body, with hard buttons that can be assigned to frequently used functions of the user's choice.

Full HD video mode

Like Canon's flagship model, the Canon 5D Mark 2, the 7D is able to capture full HD video.

Richard Parris, Which? digital camera expert, said: 'High end digital SLRs such as the 7D come with hefty price tags, but they allow you to achieve a picture quality unrivalled by most consumer cameras. However, even cheaper entry level DSLRs can wow with the quality of their shots, so it's worth checking our expert DSLR reviews to find the model best suited to your needs and budget'.

For help choosing a digital SLR check our in-depth, lab-based DSLR reviews. Alternatively, you may be interested in our compact digital camera reviews.

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