Digital Photography Review (DPR), possibly the web's foremost camera review site, just completed an in-depth review of Canon's new EOS 7D. While the camera's many new features (new AF system, weather sealing, and new flash system) all looked great, the adition of an 18Mp sensor left a lot of people shaking their heads in disbelief.
When Canon launched its 15Mp EOS 50D in 2008, it was found to be noisier than the old 40D, released a year before. Much of the blame was put on the smaller pixels of the new camera. Aparrently, the pixel density vs. noise limit had been reached, especially considering how other manufacturers held their pixel counts steady since the 50D regression. A lot of people were hoping for a new Canon digital SLR in the 10-12Mp range. Instead, they got the 18Mp 7D. Needless to say, a lot of people expected the 7D to be even worse.
However, what DPR found was a bit of a surprise. The 7D was not only easily better than the 50D at high ISO, but it even looks better than its chief competitior, the Nikon D300s. The image quality plus the dramatically improved features will undoubtedly give Canon shooters something to cheer about.
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