Canon EOS R7: a supercharged APS-C hybrid for wildlife photographers

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Canon continues to improve its mount for hybrid RF by introducing a variety of devices with APS-C sensors. Highly anticipated by wildlife photographers in particular, the EOS R7, the successor to the 7D Mark II reflex, has arrived by revealing its ambitions.

Canon EOS R7

Introductory price € 1499



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    1,499.00

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    1,899.00

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    1,499.00

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    1,499.00

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    1,499.00

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    1,499.90

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    1,899.00

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    1,899.00

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Introductory price 1800 €


Canon EOS 7D Mark II
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Canon’s RF mount is now well built into mirrorless cameras and offers a host of 24×36 sensor cameras and optics that are adequate and relevant. But there is something lacking for APS-C sensor enthusiasts. True, there is an EF-M mount, but the cameras are less ambitious and the number of lenses is small. Therefore, Canon is expected to be able to make an APS-C sensor camera (1.6x conversion ratio versus full frame) using RF mount. After several years of design, the Japanese firm presented the EOS R7 and the smaller EOS R10. The latter is intended for a public seeking to improve their photography practice by taking an amateur SLR format such as the EOS 250D or 850D.

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An APS-C case for the animalist

The EOS R7 is aimed at a more discerning audience, especially wildlife photographers, by positioning itself as the successor to the highly valued but aging EOS 7D Mark II, a very fast reflex of its time. While capturing the EOS R5 and R6 codes, the EOS R7 nonetheless stands with two clearly visible additions: a focus switch placed directly on the front surface, as Fujifilm did for example. , and a fairly original joystick. Canon has established itself as a specialist in atypical AF controls. Between the touchpad and eye adjustment, the company is always looking for a bit. This time, he moved the joystick directly to the right of the viewfinder and added a selection wheel around it.

An unusual joystick

However, the R7 remains a control cloverleaf next to the screen in a ball joint, making it a small box with the most control options. Regarding the owner’s external tower, note that we can also rely on a double slot for the UHS-II SD card, in the same multifunction shoe as the EOS R3, which therefore allows the use of digital microphones, or even the classic set of sockets: micro -HDMI, microphone, headphones and USB-C for charging. The electronic viewfinder, on the other hand, is content with a definition of 2.36 Mpts, a little below the current standard unfortunately. The device is also equipped with multiple seals and a magnesium frame, which ensures good resistance to shocks and bad weather.

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The case weighed in at 612 g, which was relatively light, and featured an interior size of 13 x 9 x 9.2 cm. Obviously, the most interesting thing is to look inside the animal. Actually, this R7 has a 32.5 megapixel APS-C sensor (ISO 100 to 51,200), same definition as the EOS 90D or the M6 ​​Mark II, but Canon claims the sensitive cell has been completely redesigned. In addition, for the first time in a Canon APS-C camera, this one is equipped with five axis mechanical stabilization. A function that is always interesting when using, in particular, fixed focal lengths without stabilization. The mechanical stabilizer can also adjust the surface as needed to maintain straight images.

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An explosion up to 30 fps

So the EOS R7’s preferred target is wildlife photographers and, secondly, sports photographers, as happened with the 7D II. To satisfy them, the R7 is able to achieve high explosion speeds. With a mechanical shutter, the R7 can get up to 15 fps and even go up to 30 fps using the electronic shutter. All have autofocus tracking. The performance is similar to the EOS R3 sports monobloc. We also continue to track the faces, bodies and eyes of people and animals, as well as track vehicles. However, the buffer caps of about 70 frames.

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A catch before the trigger

A new mode called “raw burst” has also been implemented. The latter is very similar to the ProCapture mode already found on many Olympus / OM System devices. This allows you to take multiple photos even before pressing the shutter button. In fact, once this mode is selected, when you trigger, the camera takes shots for about 0.5 seconds before pressing the shutter button. This can sometimes make it possible to retrieve the beginning of an action or an event that the photographer would not have forgotten. AF tracking is still available in this mode.

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4K UHD 60p left CUT OFF

The video is not forgotten on the R7. It is possible to shoot in 4K (UHD) and 30p upsampled from 7K, all without cropping. In 4K, more “moderate”, we can get to 60 fps and even 120 fps in Full HD, still not CUT OFF. Recording time is no longer limited to 30 consecutive minutes and Canon has even announced the possibility of 6 hours of consecutive recording. For calibration enthusiasts, we even have C-Log 3.

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For connectivity, in addition to classic wifi and Bluetooth, the box can be controlled via USB-C cable by connecting it to a smartphone and using the Camera Connect application. Marked “made for the iPhone”, it enhances the USB compatibility of Apple smartphones.

Price and availability

The Canon EOS R7 will go on sale from the end of June 2022 for a bare price of € 1499. As a kit with the new RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom, it costs you 1899 €. Note that initially, all copies (naked or in the kit) will be delivered using the adapter ring for the EF reflex lens on the RF mount. A great way to switch to hybrid without getting rid of your old lenses. With a relatively aggressive price (cheaper than the 7D Mark II of its time), it is placed in the same category as a device like the Fujifilm X-T4, also equipped with an APS-C sensor, or even on the Olympus OM- D E-M1 Mark III, there is a 4/3 ”sensor.

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