Canon EOS 5DII vs 7D Specs Compared

Views of Canon EOS 7D
Canon caused a bit of a stir earlier this month with the announcement of the EOS 7D, the latest in their digital SLR lineup. Jumping in somewhere between the 50D and the 5DII in the Canon lineup, there has been much discussion about the specs of this yet to be released camera, especially in relation to those of the EOS 5DII, and a comparison of the two models seems inevitable given the impressive feature set of the 7D. Meanwhile, rumors have already surfaced about the possible release of a 3D in 2010; essentially a 7D with a full-frame sensor. The 7D is scheduled for release later this month.

Here’s a detailed comparison of the specs of the 5DII and the 7D, culled from various sources including dpreview.com and the Canon U.S.A. website:

Spec5D II7D
 Canon EOS 5DII5DII7D7D
Steet Price (Body Only)
  • US: $ 2,699
  • EU: € 2,499
  • US: $ 1,699
  • EU: € 1,499
List price

(EF 24-105 L kit)

  • US: $ 3,499
  • EU: € 3,299

(28-135mm kit)

  • US: $1,899
  • EU: TBC
Body materialMagnesium alloyMagnesium alloy
Sensor
  • 36 x 24 mmCMOS sensor
  • Full 35 mm size frame
  • RGB Color Filter Array
  • Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
  • 22.0 million total pixels
  • 21.1 million effective pixels
  • 3:2 aspect ratio
  • 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS sensor
  • RGB Color Filter Array
  • Built-in fixedlow-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
  • 19 million total pixels
  • 18 million effective pixels
  • 3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor
DIGIC 4Dual DIGIC 4
A/D conversion14 bit14 bit
Image sizes (Still)

RAW

  • 5616 x 3744 (21.0 MP)
  • 3861 x 2574 (10.0 MP)
  • 2784 x 1856 (5.2 MP)

JPEG

  • 5616 x 3744 (21.0 MP)
  • 4080 x 2720 (11.1 MP)
  • 2784 x 1856 (5.2 MP)

RAW

  • 5184 x 3456
  • 3888 x 2592
  • 2592 x 1728

JPEG

  • 5184 x 3456
  • 3456 x 2304
  • 2592 x 1728
File formats
  • RAW (.CR2; 14-bit)
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.21) – Fine / Normal
  • RAW + JPEG (separate files)
  • sRAW1
  • sRAW2
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.21) – Fine / Normal
  • RAW
  • M-RAW
  • S-RAW
  • RAW + JPEG
  • M-RAW + JPEG
  • S-RAW + JPEG
Lenses
  • Canon EF lens mount (does not support EF-S lenses)
  • No field of view crop (1.0x)
  • Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
  • 1.6x field of view crop
Dust reduction
  • “EOS Integrated Cleaning System”
  • Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown – can be disabled)
  • Dust Delete Data – Data from a test shot is used to ‘map’ dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
  • EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
  • Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown – can be disabled)
  • Dust Delete Data – Data from a test shot is used to ‘map’ dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
Auto focus
  • 9-point TTL CMOS sensor
  • 6 “Invisible Assist AF points”
  • Centre point cross type F5.6 or faster
  • Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
  • AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
  • TTL-CT-SIR CMOS sensor
  • 19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
  • Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
  • AF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Focus modes
  • One shot AF
  • AI Servo AF
  • AI Focus AF
  • Manual focus
  • One shot AF
  • AI Servo AF
  • AI Focus AF
  • Manual focus
AF point selection
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Auto : 19 point
  • Manual : Single point/Spot/AF point Expansion/Zone
Predictive AFAs close as 8 m (with 300 mm F2.8L lens at 50 kph)Up to 8 m
AF assistNo (only with external flash)Stroboscopic flash
AF micro adjustment
  • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)
  • Adjust up to 20 lenses individually
  • +/- 20 steps
  • Adjust all lenses by same amount/individually adjust up to 20 lenses
Metering
  • TTL full aperture metering 35 zone SPC
  • Metering range: 1.0 – 20 EV
  • TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
  • Metering range: EV 1 – 20 EV
Metering modes
  • Evaluative 35 zone (linked to any AF point)
  • Partial (8% at center)
  • Spot metering (approx. 3.5% at center)
  • Center-weighted average
  • Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
  • Partial (9.4% at center)
  • Spot metering (approx. 2.3% at center)
  • Center-weighted average
AE lock
  • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
  • Manual: AE lock button
  • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
  • Manual: AE lock button
Exposure compensation
  • +/-2.0 EV
  • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
  • +/-3.0 EV
  • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure bracketing
  • +/- 2.0 EV
  • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
  • +/- 2.0 EV
  • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity
  • Auto ISO (100-3200)
  • ISO 100 – 6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
  • Expansion options:
ISO 50 (L1)
ISO 12800 (H1)
ISO 25600 (H2)
  • Auto ISO (100-3200)
  • ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
  • H (12800) expansion
Shutter
  • Focal-plane shutter
  • 150,000 exposure durability
  • 30 – 1/8000 sec
  • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
  • Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
  • Bulb
  • Focal-plane shutter
  • 30 – 1/8000 sec
  • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
  • Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
  • Bulb
Aperture values
  • F1.0 – F91
  • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
  • Actual aperture range depends on lens used
  • 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
  • Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance
  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Shade
  • Cloudy
  • Tungsten
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
  • Custom
  • Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K in 100 K steps)
  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Shade
  • Cloudy
  • Tungsten
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
  • Custom
  • Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K in 100 K steps)
WB bracketing
  • +/-3 levels
  • 3 images
  • Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
  • +/-3 levels
  • 3 images
  • Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
WB shift
  • Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
  • Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
  • Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
  • Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style
  • Standard
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Neutral
  • Faithful
  • Monochrome
  • User def. 1
  • User def. 2
  • User def. 3
  • Standard
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Neutral
  • Faithful
  • Monochrome
  • User def. 1
  • User def. 2
  • User def. 3
Custom image parameters
  • Sharpness: 0 to 7
  • Contrast: -4 to +4
  • Saturation: -4 to +4
  • Color tone: -4 to +4
  • B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
  • B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
  • Sharpness: 0 to 7
  • Contrast: -4 to +4
  • Saturation: -4 to +4
  • Color tone: -4 to +4
  • B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
  • B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processing options
  • Highlight tone priority
  • Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)
  • Long exposure noise reduction
  • High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
  • Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)
  • Highlight tone priority
  • Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)
  • Long exposure noise reduction
  • High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
  • Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)
Color space
  • sRGB
  • Adobe RGB
  • sRGB
  • Adobe RGB
Viewfinder
  • Eye-level pentaprism
  • 98% frame coverage
  • Magnification: 0.71x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
  • Eyepoint: Approx. 21 mm
  • Interchangeable focusing screen (3 other types optional)
  • Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
  • Eye-level pentaprism
  • 100% frame coverage
  • Approx. 1.0x maginification
  • Eyepoint: 22 mm
  • Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)
  • Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Mirror
  • Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
  • Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
  • Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
  • Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info

AF information:

  • AF points
  • Focus confirmation light

Exposure information:

  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture value
  • ISO speed (always displayed)
  • AE lock
  • Exposure level/compensation
  • Spot metering circle
  • Exposure warning
  • AEB

Flash information:

  • Flash ready
  • High-speed sync
  • FE lock
  • Flash exposure compensation

Image information:

  • White balance correction
  • CF card information
  • Monochrome shooting
  • Maximum burst (2 digit display)
  • Highlight tone priority (D+)

AF information:

  • AF points
  • Focus confirmation light

Exposure information:

  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture value
  • ISO speed (always displayed)
  • AE lock
  • Exposure level/compensation
  • Spot metering circle
  • Exposure warning
  • AEB

Flash information:

  • Flash ready
  • High-speed sync
  • FE lock
  • Flash exposure compensation
  • Red-eye reduction light

Image Information

  • White balance correction
  • CF card information
  • Monochrome shooting
  • Maximum burst (2 digit display)
  • Highlight tone priority (D+)
  • Grid
  • Dual Axis Electronic level
LCD monitor
  • 3.0 ” TFT LCD
  • 920,000 pixels
  • Automatic 3 level brightness adjustment plus 7 manual levels
  • 170 ° viewing angle
  • Dual anti-reflection (‘Clear View’)
  • 3.0 ” TFT LCD
  • 920,000 pixels
  • 100% coverage
  • 160 ° viewing angle
  • Coating : Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
LCD Live view
  • Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
  • 100% frame coverage
  • 30 fps
  • Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
  • Best view or exposure simulation
  • Silent mode
  • Grid optional (x2)
  • Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
  • Three AF modes – Live mode / Quick mode / Face Detection
  • Live histogram (Luminance or RGB)
  • Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
  • Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
  • 100% frame coverage
  • 30 fps frame rate
  • Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
  • Best view or exposure simulation
  • Silent mode
  • Grid optional (x2)
  • Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
  • Three AF modes – Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection
  • Histogram
  • Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
Movie recording
  • Available optionally during Live view mode
  • 1920 x 1080 (16:9) up to 12 mins (Quicktime 1080p H.264; 38.6 Mbits/sec)
  • 640 x 480 (4:3) up to 24 mins (Quicktime 480p H.264; 17.3 Mbits/sec)
  • Max file size 4 GB
  • Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video, PCM sound)
  • 30 fps
  • 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
  • 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
  • 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
  • MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Record review
  • Off
  • On (histogram via INFO button)
  • Display mode same as last used Play mode
  • 2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
  • Off
  • On (histogram via INFO button)
  • Display mode same as last used Play mode
Playback modes
  1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot
  2. As 1 but also image count and quality
  3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram
  4. Less detailed exposure info., thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms
  1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot
  2. As 1 but also image count and quality
  3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram
  4. Less detailed exposure info., thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms
Playback features
  • Optional blinking highlight alert
  • Optional AF point display
  • Magnified view (up to 10x)
  • 2×2 or 3×3 thumbnail index
  • Jump (by 1, 10, 100 images, screen, date, folder, movies, stills)
  • Delete / Protect
  • Optional blinking highlight alert
  • Optional AF point display
  • Magnified view (up to 1.5x – 10x)
  • 2×2 or 3×3 thumbnail index
  • Delete / Protect
Flash
  • No built-in flash unit
  • E-TTL II auto flash / metered manual
  • Flash compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
  • X-Sync: 1/200 sec
  • Hot-shoe & PC Terminal
  • Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
  • FOV coverage up to15 mm (27 mm equiv.)
  • Guide number approx 12 m (ISO 100)
  • Cycle time approx. 3 sec
  • Flash compensation +/-3.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
  • X-Sync: 1/250 sec
External flash
  • E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
  • In-camera flash configuration (currently only 580 EX II)
  • Wireless multi-flash support
  • PC Sync
  • E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
  • Wireless multi-flash support
  • PC Sync
Shooting modes
  • Auto
  • Creative Auto
  • Program AE (P)
  • Shutter priority AE (Tv)
  • Aperture priority AE (Av)
  • Manual (M)
  • Custom 1
  • Custom 2
  • Custom 3
  • Auto
  • Creative auto
  • Program AE (P)
  • Shutter priority AE (Tv)
  • Aperture priority AE (Av)
  • Manual (M) Stills and Movie
  • Custom settings 1
  • Custom settings 2
  • Custom settings 3
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous: 3.9 fps
  • Self-timer: 2 or 10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up)
  • Single
  • High-speed continuous
  • Low-speed continuous
  • Self-timer: 2sec + remote, 10sec + remote
Burst buffer
  • Large/Fine JPEG: 78 frames (310 with UDMA card) 
  • RAW: 13 frames
  • Approx. 8 fps (speed maintained for up to 126 JPEGs (with UDMA card)
  • 15 images (RAW)
Orientation sensor
YesYes
Auto rotation
  • On (recorded and LCD display)
  • On (recorded only)
  • Off
  • On (recorded and LCD display)
  • On (recorded only)
  • Off
Custom functions
25 custom functions with 71 settings in 4 groups27 Custom Fubctions with 70 settings
Menu languages
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Danish
  • Portuguese
  • Finnish
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Russian
  • Polish
  • Czech
  • Hungarian
  • Romanian
  • Ukrainian
  • Turkish
  • Arabic
  • Thai
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Danish
  • Portuguese
  • Finnish
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Russian
  • Polish
  • Czech
  • Hungarian
  • Romanian
  • Ukrainian
  • Turkish
  • Arabic
  • Thai
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Korean
  • Japanese
FirmwareUser upgradableUser upgradable
Portrait grip
  • Optional WFT-E4 (WiFi/ LAN / USB mass storage)
  • Optional BG-E6 batterygrip
  • Optional BG-E7 Battery Grip
  • Optional WFT-E5 Wireless File Transfer Grip
Connectivity
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • AV out (video & audio )
  • HDMI connector 
  • Microphone input 
  • PC Sync flash terminal
  • Communication terminal on base for WFT-E4
  • InfraRed
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Video output (PAL/NTSC)
  • HDMI connector
  • N3 type wired remote control
  • PC Sync flash terminal
  • External microphone (Stereo mini jack)
  • Communication terminal on base for WFT-E5
Storage
  • Compact Flash Type I or II (inc. FAT32)
  • Supports UDMA cards
  • Copyright metatag support
  • Canon Original Data Security Kit supported (“Original Image Data”)
  • Compact Flash Type I or II
  • Supports UDMA and Microdrive cards
  • External storage via optional WFT-E5
Power
  • Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
  • CR1616 for date & settings
  • Approx. 850 shots at 20°C
  • Battery indication 6 levels & percentage (memorized)
  • Lithium-Ion LC-E6 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
  • CR1616 Lithium battery (date/time backup)
  • Optional AC adapter
Dimensions152 x 114 x 75 mm (6.0 x 4.5 x 2.9 in)148 x 111 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 in)
WeightNo battery: 810 g (1.8 lb)No battery: 820 g (1.8 lb)



Author: Galen

Combining a lifelong passion for photography with an ever growing fascination with the properties of light, Galen specializes in portrait, fashion, and fine art photography with the goal of producing dynamic, quality images through focused effort and attention to detail.

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