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Canon EOS R7 Review

The Canon EOS R7 is one of the most remarkable cameras you can buy and also hits the sweet spot in the camera giant’s EOS R series for amateur shooters. If you are an enthusiastic amateur photographer who enjoys shooting video, the Canon EOS R7 is one of the best cameras you can purchase.

It is positioned in the middle of Canon’s classic DSLR lineup, between the EOS 7D Mark II and the EOS 90D, and it combines Canon’s most recent Dual Pixel CMOS AF II focusing system with quick burst-shooting capabilities of 15 frames per second (or even 30fps speeds, when you use its electronic shutter).

The Canon EOS R7 has a higher resolution 32.5MP sensor, in-body stabilization, a deeper buffer, and dual card slots, but it is more expensive than the Canon EOS R10. Many people will find that these features are worth the additional expense.

The EOS R7 utilizes an APS-C sensor instead of the full-frame sensors seen in Canon’s other cameras. Although they cannot collect as much light as the full-frame sensors found in cameras such as the Canon EOS R6, they bring a few perks to the table, including a more affordable price tag and a more compact and lighter total camera system, and a smaller overall size.

Canon EOS R7 Design

If you’ve shot with a Canon EOS camera in the past, you’ll probably feel right at home here. However, even if this is your first time working with this particular brand, you won’t have too much trouble locating everything you want.

The EOS R7 features a deep hefty grip, which should be popular among photographers despite the camera’s extraordinarily compact size. This is an impressive feat, considering how small the camera is. However, the camera’s overall dimensions are manageable while traveling and capturing photos and videos.

You won’t find a top-plate LCD on this camera, which is typical for cameras in the middle price level, so you won’t be able to examine the settings very fast. Because the same is true with the full-frame EOS R6, owners of APS-C cameras have no reason to feel particularly shortchanged here.

What you do get, though, is a control system that has been thoughtfully organized. This system provides a mode dial to the viewfinder’s right, a control dial immediately below the shutter button, and dedicated buttons just behind those controls for adjusting the ISO and recording video.

Canon EOS R7 Performance

Because of its superior autofocusing and ability to take many shots in rapid succession, the Canon EOS R7 is marketed strongly toward photographers who specialize in capturing wildlife and sports. If you’re going over from an older DSLR, this technology is the one that will probably impress you the most. It is also superior to some of the earlier entry-level versions of Canon’s EOS R line and some of the APS-C models of Canon’s EOS M line.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, which is Canon’s most recent autofocusing technology, does an excellent job of bolstering this power. This is something that we have seen on more sophisticated full-frame models like the EOS R5 and the EOS R6, which indicates that you get really high performance for the money that you pay.

Covering the entirety of the frame, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF II incorporates innovative and practical technologies such as intelligent subject-tracking, which has the ability to recognize animals (such as dogs, cats, and birds), cars, and humans.

Canon EOS R7 Image & Video Quality

The EOS R7 boasts a high megapixel count for an APS-C camera, coming in at 32.5 megapixels. The photographs you take, as a result, have stunning levels of detail, and you also have ample room for cropping, which helps photograph subjects like animals in their natural habitat and athletes in action.

The disadvantage of having so many pixels packed onto such a small surface area is that the camera’s low-light performance cannot compare to that of full-frame or even APS-C models, which have lower resolutions. It’s possible that this won’t provide much of a challenge for most photographers, but there are situations in which it might result in less-than-ideal images. For instance, during one of our tests, we used the RF 600mm f/11 lens.

Because of its small size and extended reach (960mm equivalent when attached to the R7), this lens is fantastic for photographing wildlife; yet, because its maximum aperture is only f/11, it requires the use of relatively high ISOs in most situations, even when there is a sufficient amount of light.

Canon EOS R7 Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution6960 x 4640
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels33 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors34 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.2 x 14.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic X
ISO100-32000
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notesUp to 8EV with certain lenses
CIPA image stabilization rating6 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Number of focus points651
Lens mountCanon RF
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.15×
Viewfinder resolution2
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashNo
Continuous drive15.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 170 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 170 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 85 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 85 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 340 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 170 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 180 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 90 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 45 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 45 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 230 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 70 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage types2 x UHS-II SD card slot
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (Micro)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes2.4GHz
Remote controlYes (Wired, wireless or IR)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E6NH
Battery Life (CIPA)660
Weight (inc. batteries)612 g (1.35 lb / 21.59 oz)
Dimensions132 x 90 x 92 mm (5.2 x 3.54 x 3.62″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Canon EOS R7 Verdict

The Canon EOS R7 is a camera that many Canon enthusiasts have been looking forward to since it seems to fulfill the role of the mid-range model they have been hoping for. It is quick, has a robust focusing system that can keep up with various subjects, creates good photographs, handles well, and has a comparable price to similar products.

When this article was written, the sole disadvantage was that there was a limited selection of native lenses. If Canon is able to produce more of them quickly, the EOS R7 has the potential to earn its place as one of the company’s most popular cameras.

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