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7D Replacement Will Feature All Metal Body, No Wifi or Touch Screen According To Latest Reports

By Anthony Thurston on August 12th 2014

According to the latest rumors coming out of the Canon rumor mill, the Canon 7D replacement, as previously rumored, will in fact have the same all metal construction as the EOS-1 series cameras.

The new tidbit though, is that the camera WILL NOT feature WiFi. The explanation that the rumor sites are putting out there is that the all metal construction of the new body would make getting a WiFi signal out of the body unreliable.

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I am not so sure I buy that as a legitimate excuse. Surely there was somewhere that a WiFi antenna could have been worked into the body to allow for this very basic modern feature. That said, I don’t know many action/sports pros who would make very much, if any, use of a WiFi feature and since that is obviously the target market with this camera, maybe Canon decided it wasn’t worth figuring out.

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Still, the lack of WiFi will disappoint a lot of people, myself included (I loved the WiFi on the 6D). That said, I doubt many people will pass on this camera just because of the lack of WiFi.

Also worth talking about, according to the report, the 7D replacement will NOT feature a touch screen LCD like its younger sibling, the Canon 70D. The rumor states that Canon opted for a more “durable” cover for the LCD, and that meant no touch screen. That is disappointing as well, considering that this camera is expected to have the latest in Dual Pixel AF technology. One of the best parts of using the 70D, in my opinion, was being able to touch the screen to set focus.

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To me, the omission of a touch screen is much more disappointing than the lack of WiFi. Both, however, are minor things in the grand scheme of the camera, and neither omission would prevent me from buying said camera.

Also of note, those great 7D deals over at B&H that were supposed to expire a little while back, they are still available now as “Instant Savings”. So, if you were bummed to miss out on that, head on over and grab a new 7D body for just $999.

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What are your thoughts on this news about the 7D replacement? Do you think the omission of WiFi and a Touch Screen is a big deal? Leave a comment below!

[via Canon Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rambo Estrada

    Does metal body have anything to do with weather sealing? Considering the 7D is an action sports aimed cam you’d think some weather sealing would be a good place to start. I recently had to pay $450 to get my 7D operational, it was under 12 months old but not covered under warranty as when they opened it up it there was sand and corrosion from shooting at the beach.

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  2. Ji Hoon Heo

    will this have a articulating screen like the 60D? That’d be pretty awesome for video.

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  3. Daniel Thullen

    As a sports shooter neither wifi nor the touch screen have much appeal to me. BTW as a photographer on a budget. (I won’t be getting a Canon 1DX any time soon.) I bought the older version of the Canon 7D earlier this week. The $999 was hard to beat. It replaced a Canon 20D.

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    • Jeff Ladrillono

      Shooting moving sports with a 20D? Good lord, that must have been like trying to carve a turkey with a butter knife. I hope you’re enjoying that 7D Daniel.

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  4. John Havord

    Given that adding wifi, is so simple these days, I’m amazed camera makers are not including it as standard. Should be available on all bodies, pro and consumer.

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  5. Aidyn Chen

    WiFi and Touch screen is a plus. We can shoot without it built in to the camera. people over at Canon rumors is complaining about lacking this or lacking that. Go out there and shoot, instead of complaining.

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  6. Austin Swenson

    I don’t honestly think they would put a touch screen on a camera designed for sports shooters anyway, it’s much quicker to have the camera up to your eye and adjust the focus point on the fly when you have to improvise so quickly, and I think it’s probably the same reason they wouldn’t include wifi, it’s just not a feature that I use very often as a portrait photographer let alone in a quick environment like most sports games

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    • Anthony Thurston

      The touch screen is more of a video perk than a sports shooter perk, and don’t be fooled, this camera will probably be on videographers radars too if the rumors about the latest Dual Pixel AF tech are accurate. But mostly, I agree with you. Still would be nice to have these features for those that do use/like them.

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  7. Rui Pinto

    I’m just curious to know some specs related to video. Wi-Fi is a minor problem! My 70D has and I’ve never used it :)

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  8. Jeff Ladrillono

    What i’m really curious about, since this is supposed to be geared toward action/sports photographers, is if Canon is able do better than 1/250 flash sync. If the 7DII can sync around 1/800 or faster at around f/8, i’m selling a 5DIII and getting one of these the day it’s released.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      i don’t know about 1/800th, but I think something better than 1/250th is likely. We’ll see though…. this is Canon we are talking about, it will probably max out at 1/125th.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      I don´t believe the will manage to go over 1/200 flahs sync speed. For that you will need to buy pocket wizards.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Even though these cameras are weather sealed, you should Always take the best care to not get it damaged.

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    • Jeff Ladrillono

      This is why I love the x100s so much, the leaf shutter. Two speedlights can replace lugging around an Einstein or a Lume Action Pack. It’s become my go to piece of kit when someone want to shoot a photo at 1pm on a sunny day.

      Now if Fuji just made a fisheye and telephoto lens adapter, i’d really consider getting rid of most of my dslr kit except for a sequence camera.

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    • Jeff Ladrillono

      Hi Richard. I know about PocketWizard’s hypersync using the tail of a slow flash duration. It just isn’t a substitute for fast t.1 flash duration.

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  9. Mads Helmer Petersen

    I´m looking very much forward to the 7D MRK II – I buy the camera with og with out WIFI and touch screen. The image quality and fps is much more important to me. Will bee very happy if the camera has GPS.

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