We were weighing our options between the 7D and the 5D Mark II for the past month but hubby decided to get the former, mostly for its video capability features.
When I look at the 400D beside the 7D, it seems like a toy dwarfed by the size of the latter. The buttons would also intimidate one who is used with lesser functions (read: me).
Key features of this model:
- Canon 18-megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor
- full HD video capture @ 1920×1080 (720p and VGA sizes also available)
- Dual Digic 4 processors, EF/EFS lens mount
- 3.0-inch LCD with 920K pixels
- 8 frames per second burst mode
- completely redesigned AF system and viewfinder
- wireless flash control
- high quality ‘Intelligent’ pentaprism style optical viewfinder
- vast sensitivity settings from ISO 100 – 12800 (with expansion enabled)
- broad shutter speed range of 1/8000 to 30 sec. (bulb available)
- 63-zone dual layer metering sensor
- CF/CF2 memory card compatibility
- Canon LP-E6 Li-ion power source.
All these wrapped in a tough magnesium body that can withstand both dust and all weather conditions.
The Canon EOS 7D, though not the first to offer HD video recording got high rating for this feature. It offers 3 resolution levels for video recording, at 1920 x 1080 pixels (1080P) at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second or 1280 x 720 pixels (720P) at 60 or 50 frames per second and 640 x 480 (VGA SD) at 50 frames per second.
Far different from the layout of the 400d and other EOS cameras are the position of the buttons, a joystick and a round switch. A first for the EOS line, the switch enables Live View and Video mode with greater efficiency than other Canon models. Start/stop is engaged using a button centered in that same switch. The addition of this controller shows Canon’s commitment to the betterment of hybrid photo and video shooting. By using a different release button for movie mode, one can capture still images during video capture, there’d be a slight interruption in the movie but very minimal.
Gotta love this camera! For a lazy shutter like me, the autofocus works well even when I’m set to manual.
(Shot today at 3PM; <used a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8> – ISO Speed 100)
I’ve read about users having issues with the autofocus but so far, I have none. (Hopefully I won’t have any). The AF system has 19 autofocus points, each of them a cross-type, optimized to detect both horizontal and vertical features. This feature is something I’ve yet to familiarize myself with.
I found this from hubby’s files….taken during the Vienna Air King. Will elaborate about this camera as I progress and hopefully present a video too.