You also get two UHS-II card slots and a good set of video shooting features, such as headphone and microphone inputs and the ability to shoot uncropped 4K/60p video. So, in theory, the Canon EOS R7 is the all-arounder that Canon’s mirrorless lineup has been missing.
But does Canon’s new APS-C flagship camera live up to what it says on paper? And how are things with lenses? Check out our hands-on review of the Canon EOS R7 below to find out how it works and what we think about it so far.
Price And Release Date
The Canon EOS R7 is now available for pre-order ahead of its June release date. The body-only price of the EOS R7 is $1,499 / £1,349 / AU$2,349, or $1,899 / £1,699 / AU$2,899 with the new RF-S 18-150mm kit lens.
Given the camera’s specifications, that’s a pretty good deal that’s mostly in line with its spiritual forefathers. The Canon EOS 90D cost $1,199 / £1,210 / AU$1,959 when it was released in 2019. (body only). However, it lacked advanced features such as in-body image stabilization and an electronic viewfinder, which the EOS R7 has.
The full-frame Canon EOS RP is still available for $999 / £1,049 / AU$1,769. However, despite its larger sensor, that camera is based on much older technology, such as Canon’s Digic 8 processor, which severely limits its autofocus and video performance.
Canon may release successors to its entry-level full-frame cameras, but for now, the EOS R7 (and EOS R10) are the best entry points into the EOS R system for hobbyist shooters. Canon is also bundling its EF-EOS R adapter with the EOS R7 in some regions for free for a limited time.
Description For The Canon EOS R7
Like the full-frame EOS R system cameras, the EOS R7 uses the company’s Deep Learning AF and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology, which can recognize and track people, animals, and vehicles.
The EOS R7 has a total of 5,915 AF points for shooting stills and 4,823 for shooting videos. The R7’s AF system can also focus when there is as little as -5EV of light. The new Canon camera also has Touch and Drag AF, and it’s the first Canon EOS R system camera with a combined AF multi-controller and control wheel that lets you move your thumb to change the AF point.
The Canon EOS 7D cameras were known for how fast they were, and the EOS R7 continues this. In continuous shooting mode, the camera can take 15 frames per second with its mechanical shutter and up to 30 frames per second with its electronic shutter. It also has a mechanical shutter speed of up to 1/8,000 seconds and an electronic shutter speed of up to 1/16,000.
In Canon’s 30fps RAW burst mode, you can also work with the images as a movie file. The camera will start taking pictures 0.5 seconds before you press the shutter button.
The Canon EOS R7 has image stabilization built right into the body, just like other recent EOS R system cameras. It stabilizes video and stills on five axes and can make up to 8EV of changes to the shutter speed.
Auto-level is a new function in the EOS R7 that corrects the horizon and makes up for vertical shake in the camera’s new panoramic and panning shooting modes.
Even with the battery and card in, the Canon EOS R7 only weighs 612g. It can also be used to shoot in all kinds of weather conditions.
On the back is an LCD touchscreen that can be used from different angles. The dials on the top plate can be changed to suit your needs. The 0.39-inch OLED EVF has 2.36 million dots and a magnification of 1.15x.
There are also two SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card slots on the Canon EOS R7.
Canon EOS R7: Image And Video Quality
We shot with the EOS R7 for less than an hour in difficult conditions at an indoor ice rink, so it’s too soon to say much about its image quality. We also haven’t been able to look at its raw files yet because there isn’t any software that can handle them yet. But some general things can be said about its 32.5MP sensor.
This is an APS-C sensor with a high resolution. Because it has more photosites than its competitors with lower resolution, it’s better for getting high levels of detail in daylight than for high ISO performance in dark places. Any full-frame camera would be put to the test in the situation we shot in, and the EOS R7’s JPEGs show the effects of smoothing and noise reduction because we shot at high ISOs.
Shot on a Canon EOS R7 that wasn’t yet for sale (Image credit: Future)
If the Canon EOS R7 is anything like the EOS 90D, which has a similar 32.5MP APS-C sensor, it should be able to take raw images with a lot of detail and be one of the best cameras for hobbyists when it comes to image quality overall in good light. But to be sure, we’ll need to work with it for a lot longer and in different ways.
The same is true for the quality of its videos, which, in theory, could be as good as its photos. The EOS R7 can shoot oversampled 4K/60p video without cropping it, which the EOS R10 can’t do. It can also do this with a color depth of 4:2:2 and 10 bits. After years of disappointing video limitations on its mid-range cameras like the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, it looks like the Digic X processor may have finally unlocked a true hybrid Canon camera with a reasonable price tag.
Features And Performance
One of the best things about the Canon EOS R7, especially for people who want to upgrade from an older DSLR, is that it promises to have a modern autofocus system. This is something that the EOS R7 can do because it has a Digic X processor.
Canon’s Digic X chips are a family of processors, so this doesn’t mean that you can expect the same autofocus and burst-shooting performance as a Canon EOS R5 or EOS R6. But Canon’s latest autofocus system, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, makes it close, which is a big plus for action photographers considering how much the camera costs.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF II’s main benefits are that it covers the whole frame (so it can follow subjects to the edges of your shot) and that it tracks subjects smartly. The Canon EOS R7 has fewer autofocus (AF) zones than the EOS R5 and EOS R6 (1,053 vs. 651), but it still follows the same things, like animals (dogs, cats, birds), vehicles, and, of course, people.
The EOS R7 can recognize and track faces and eyes on both people and animals. If those parts aren’t visible, they will switch to the head or the whole body. How well this works in real life depends on things like the amount of light and the lens you use. But in the short time, we had the camera, we were impressed by how well it tracked a fast-moving ice skater’s eyes and face, even though it was pretty dark. Canon says that the autofocus on the EOS R7 works down to -5EV, which is the same as nighttime with the moon out.
The Canon EOS R7’s burst-shooting speeds are another big selling point. It has a mechanical shutter that lets it shoot up to 15 frames per second. If you switch to the electronic shutter, it can reach a top speed of 30 fps, even when shooting raw photos, but this can cause a rolling shutter (which can lead to slanted vertical lines).
How long can the EOS R7 keep going this fast? It’s not as long as a professional camera like the Canon EOS R3, but it’s also not that far away. With the mechanical shutter, the EOS R7’s buffer lets you keep 15fps for 224 JPEGs or 51 raw photos, which is about 15 seconds or 3.5 seconds. If you have the right memory card, that’s enough to catch the important moment. We used it with a Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II card and were impressed with its bursts, but we’ll need more time with the EOS R7 to test that properly.
Some early rumors about the EOS R7 said that it would have both a CFexpress card slot and a UHS-II card slot, but it only has two UHS-II card slots. This could have helped the camera keep its top burst speed for longer. But the buffers on the EOS R7 are probably good enough for people who shoot wildlife as a hobby. When we asked Canon why it didn’t have CFexpress, the company told us: “If the camera could shoot 8Kor 4K at 120 frames per second, it would need CFexpress. UHS-II SD cards are fine because neither of the cameras can do this. This also lets bodies be smaller.”
Since we only had the EOS R7 for less than an hour in the difficult conditions of an indoor ice rink, we couldn’t fully test its autofocus and burst shooting. We were impressed by how well it tracked the subject in the viewfinder, but the lack of light made it harder for the autofocus to work. We can’t wait to take it on a trip to see wildlife, which is probably what most people do with an APS-C camera.
How long does the battery on the Canon EOS R7 last? On paper, it’s better than a camera like the EOS R6 that needs more power, but it’s not even close to a DSLR like the EOS 90D. Canon says that you can take 500 pictures on a single charge if you use the viewfinder. This is pretty good for a mirrorless camera, but we’re looking forward to doing more tests in the real world.