Canon’s premier EOS 7D is getting a serious boost with a firmware upgrade. Canon’s calling it “The Next Evolution”, and to be frank it looks great.
Here’s what you can expect from this new camera software:
- a higher maximum buster rate for continuous shooting
- a definable limit for maximum ISO on audo
- compatibility with Canon’s GP-E2 GPS receiver for automatic geo-tagging while you’re shooting.
- manual audio level adjustments while shooting and after shooting during review
- faster scrolling in magnified images
- quicker playback controls
- in-camera RAW processing
- JPEG Image resizing and rating
- customization of file names and time zone settings.
The EOS 7D was already a fast camera, but this new update will drive burst mode to capture up to 130 JPEG frames or 25 RAW frames at 8 frames per second. That’s up from 126 and 15 respectively; RAW shooters wielding a 7D should be very happy to hear that.
Compatibility with the sold-seperately GP-E2 is pretty awesome: it’ll capture longitude, latitude, elevation, and direction as EXIF data. Heads-up though, it doesn’t work for movies while recording, it won’t work for movies while using the Map Utility, it doesn’t enable compass information or automatic time setting, and no information is transmitted over the hotshoe. So, a little limited in comparison to the use on some other models, but still great news if you already own a 7D and a GP-E2.
As a DSLR filmmaker I’m intrigued by the addition of manual audio level adjustments. There are 64 levels now available for more precision audio control, but I still feel like I’d be more likely to use an external audio capture device rather than plug into the camera directly. Still, for informal documentary style interviews this is a really welcome change!
Being able to control your maximum ISO when in ISO Auto might not seem like a big deal, but by limiting the ISO you can ensure that you’re going to get an image with the quality you’re looking for without worrying about noise.
Canon’s commitment to refining the 7D and evolving the software is welcome news; it shows customers that they’re interested in the long term relationship with their hardware and not just a first-sale. These changes are all excellent features that elevate an already remarkably camera closer to a “best in class” status.
There's no official release date for this firmware at this time other than "soon", but it's exciting nonetheless!
The EOS 7D features a Canon-designed 18.0 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor that captures such a high level of resolution, it's easy to crop images for enlargement without losing detail. Dual DIGIC 4 image processors ensure that images are captured, processed and saved with remarkable speed. And with Full HD recording, you can capture ultra-sharp high definition footage, too. Includes EF-s 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.
The EOS 7D features a Canon-designed 18.0 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor that captures such a high level of resolution, it's easy to crop images for enlargement without losing detail. Dual DIGIC 4 image processors ensure that images are captured, processed and saved with remarkable speed. And with Full HD recording, you can capture ultra-sharp high definition footage, too.
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