Canon puts wildlife photographers on the prowl with the EOS R7, a supercharged APS-C hybrid

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Continuing the development of its hybrid RF mount, Canon finally presents a range of devices with an APS-C sensor. Highly anticipated by wildlife photographers in particular, the EOS R7, successor to the 7D Mark II Reflex, arrives and reveals its ambitions.

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Canon’s RF mount is now firmly established in mirrorless cameras, offering a fleet of 24×36 sensor cameras and optics that are already extensive and relevant. But for APS-C sensor enthusiasts, something was missing. There is an EF-M mount, but the devices are rather undemanding and the number of lenses is sparse. Therefore, Canon was expected to develop APS-C sensor cameras with the RF mount. After a few years of design, the Japanese company presents the EOS R7 and the smaller EOS R10. The latter is aimed at an audience looking to improve their photographic practice by embracing 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 knowledgeable audience, particularly wildlife photographers, by positioning itself as the successor to the much-appreciated but aging EOS 7D Mark II, a very fast reflex camera for its time. While the EOS R7 carries on the codes of the EOS R5 and R6, the EOS R7 still stands out with two clearly visible additions: a focus switch placed right on the front, like Fujifilm does for example, and a rather 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 she moved the joystick just to the right of the viewfinder and added a scroll wheel around it.

An atypical joystick

However, the R7 retains a control cloverleaf next to the screen on a ball joint, making it a small box with maximum control possibilities. Regarding the owner’s external tower, note that we can also count on a double slot for UHS-II SD cards, the same multifunctional shoe as the EOS R3 which therefore allows the use of digital microphones, or even the classic set of Jacks: micro-HDMI, microphone, headphones and USB-C for charging. Meanwhile, the electronic viewfinder is content with a resolution of 2.36 Mpts, which is unfortunately slightly below the current standard. The device is also equipped with numerous seals and a magnesium frame that ensures good resistance to shocks and bad weather.

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The case is rather light at 612 g and has an internal size of 13 x 9 x 9.2 cm. The most interesting thing, of course, is looking inside the animal. It’s true that this R7 has a 32.5-megapixel APS-C sensor (ISO 100-51200), the same resolution 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, it is equipped with a five-axis mechanical stabilization. A function that is always interesting, especially with fixed focal lengths without stabilization. The mechanical stabilizer can also correct the horizon if needed to get straight images.

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A burst of up to 30 fps

The preferred target group for the EOS R7 are therefore wildlife photographers and secondarily sports photographers, as was the case with the 7D II. To satisfy them, the R7 is capable of high burst speeds. With the mechanical shutter, the R7 can record up to 15 fps and even climbs to 30 fps with the electronic shutter. Everything still with autofocus tracking. Performance similar to the EOS R3 Sport monoblock. We also perform face, body and eye tracking of humans and animals as well as vehicle tracking. However, the buffer is capped at around 70 frames.

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A shot 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 several Olympus / OM System devices. It allows you to take a series of photos even before you press the shutter button. Once this mode is selected, when the shutter is released, the camera has been taking pictures for about 0.5 seconds before pressing the shutter button. This sometimes makes it possible to find the beginning of an action or movement that the photographer would have missed. AF tracking is still available in this mode as well.

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4K UHD 60p without cut off

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

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

price and availability

The Canon EOS R7 will be marketed from the end of June 2022 at a naked price of €1499. As a kit with the new RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Zoom it costs €1899. Note that initially all specimens (bare or in kit form) come with an adapter ring for EF mirror lens to RF mount. A great way to go hybrid without getting rid of your old lenses. With a fairly aggressive price tag (cheaper than the 7D Mark II in its day) it’s put in the same category as a device like the Fujifilm X-T4, which also sports an APS-C sensor, or even the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III equipped with a 4/3″ sensor.

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