There is no doubt the Canon EOS R7 is an exceptional camera, but Dave from TCSTV was curious about how well it performs from a photographer’s perspective. Using all the exciting photographic experiences at Meska Outdoors in Turner Valley, Dave rigorously examined and tested the EOS R7 and gave his honest review from the inside out!
Starting on the inside, the Canon EOS R7 is full of features including a 32.5-megapixel sensor that is image stabilized, 15 frames a second mechanical, and an excellent autofocus system. Moving to the outside, Dave was surprised by the size of the EOS R7. Compared to the 7D Mark II, which will be thicker because it’s a DSLR camera with a mirror and a prism, Dave was taken back by how much smaller and lighter the EOS R7 camera is. Of course, this is an excellent design for those who need to carry the camera around all day, hiking or adventuring, so they don’t have to lug around a heavy camera. Now, despite being so small, Dave found the grip to be quite deep, however, would like to see a grip attachment for a studier feel.
The smaller size of the EOS R7 does result in less space for buttons and dials, so Canon needed to be creative and rethink the layout. Dave found the placement of the control dial and eight-way control joystick a bit odd to start, but once he got used to it found it very intuitive. Another different, but positive change, was the placement of the On/Off switch, which is just above your thumb, making it super easy and quick to pick up the camera with one hand and turn it on to start shooting.
Moving to the back of the camera, Dave was happy to see the EOS R7 has a three-inch articulating screen, which comes out to the side, allowing for numerous viewing angles. It is also a very responsive touch screen, giving users another option, alongside the eight-way joystick, to interact with the menu system. Then there is the viewfinder, which, right off the bat, Dave was impressed by how great the eye relief was. The placement was ideal that it didn’t cause any issues with his face being too pressed against the camera. However, the viewfinder resolution wasn’t as fantastic as Dave had hoped. At 2.36 million dots, it’s not a bad viewfinder, but a bit higher resolution would have been ideal. Dave did appreciate that Canon put in power saving mode and smooth mode, which gives the viewfinder a faster refresh rate, a bonus when shooting sports in action.
Shifting to the performance of the Canon EOS R7, which lends itself to high-performance photography, sports and action, Wildlife, birds in flight, and so on, thanks to its excellent autofocus performance. Dave instantly noticed that the EOS R7 inherited a lot of features from the higher-end Canon EOS R3, including face and eye detection. Another excellent addition is the ability to customize the autofocus zone, where you can customize the length and width so you can concentrate only on the subject, giving you that extra advantage with your autofocus.
Expanding on the autofocus, the EOS R7 can shoot 15 FPS mechanical and 30 FPS electronic. This isn’t as high as the EOS R3, and it’s not a backside illuminated stack sensor, so you will have to watch out for rolling shutter. However, Dave primarily shot in mechanical because he could get physical feedback from the camera when shooting, which he found reassuring.
Now with shooting at a higher frame rate, there is the issue of battery life. The EOS R7 has an LP E6 NH battery, which Dave was getting well over 600 shots in a single charge and had no issues. The only thing Dave did not really like was the sound of the shutter. With a shutter rating of 200 000 plus, Dave felt that the sound could be more solid and positive. However, this is also his personal opinion.
Next is image quality, which Dave was excited to not only test the Canon EOS R7 but get his hands on the files after to see what they were capable of creating. With a 32.5-megapixel image stabilized sensor, the EOS R7 was holding up quite close to the EOS R3 in terms of image quality. It does come down to the lens you put in front of the camera, but Dave was thoroughly impressed with the detail, dynamic range and how malleable the files were post-production.
In all, Dave found the Canon EOS R7 to be quite feature-rich and will fit the needs of a lot of photographers. But of course, you have to see it for yourself! Check out Dave’s TCSTV Canon EOS R7 Full Camera Review for Photographers below!
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