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New Canon 7D Replacement Specs Trickle In

By Anthony Thurston on March 15th 2014

At this point, the fabled Canon 7D replacement is starting to feel a lot like talking about D400 rumors (although those don’t come up nearly as much anymore). That being said, there is every indication that Canon may release the 7D replacement this year, though anything soon or imminent is unlikely.


According to the latest rumors, the new 7D will contain dual card slots, most likely a CF and SD combination. This would be a great feature upgrade over the 7D, and any other camera below the 5D series. I am still not a fan of the dual card slots of different types though, never have been and never will be. Dual SD slots are great, so are dual CF slots, but 1 CF and 1 SD is something that I personally find really annoying.

It means I have to own two different kinds of memory cards, store them, etc. I do realize that this may be a plus to anyone who already owns CF cards, but personally, I still find it annoying.

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It has also been said that the new 7D replacement will feature some form of new ‘Hybrid Viewfinder’, or at least that it is being tested with one. The camera is also said to have a brand new sensor, with somewhere around 24MP resolution.


Beyond that, most of the remaining details are pretty vague, like that this camera will have the most software based features of any Canon DSLR on the market. Though, there are no real details on what exactly this camera would have at the software level that other DSLRs do not.

As you can see, rumors about the 7D replacement are perfect rumors. Just enough info to get you excited or to start a discussion.  So, let’s have a discussion, what do you all think of these rumored 7D replacement specs? Do they peak your interest at all? Leave a comment below to join the discussion.

[via Canon Rumors]

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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. Axel Brunst

    This will be one of the most exciting camera releases in the nearer future I think.

    I think especially in sense of video features we could see some great improvements. maybe something that can hold against the Panasonic GH4. High frame rates or even RAW video is not unrealistic. Maybe not RAW-video because they want to have that exclusive for their cinema line, but you never know.
    Will be interesting to see the cameras ISO performance in comparison to the 7D.

    I think this camera will boost APS-C camera performance to a whole new level.

    And actually I am not against dual card slots with different cards. Why should I? – I would be shooting to CF exclusively when I need the high frame rate. But can use a ‘cheap’ and big backup SD-card for long adventures and trips (something like the SanDisk extreme plus 128 GB).

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  2. Ahsanford

    These specs are well in-line with what CR has been tracking: Still APS-C, 20-30 MB, 8-10 fps, pro build/weathersealing, etc. In short — a state of the art rig for people who see APS-C as a strength (for length) and not a weakness. It will be aimed at birders (especially), wildlife, and some sports photogs, who will snap this thing up even if it’s first offered for $2,500. But when the price comes down to earth, enthusiasts will swoop in as they did with the original 7D.

    But the author should consider this camera’s intended users before disagreeing with the memory card decision. Respectfully, I disagree with him.

    Remember those two groups of users I mentioned. Enthusiasts typically prefer the simplicity of SD (SD readers are built into many laptops these days), and birders/wildlife/sports folks constantly shoot at high frame rates. CF cards’ faster speeds allow shooters to lean on the shutter button longer before the buffer is overtaken as I understand.

    With a mixed user base like this, dual-card setup makes a ton of sense, card readers and associated hassles be damned. So the decision to offer both cards is 100% on target, as I found it to be with my 5D3. Once you get up to the 1DX, however, I feel like you’re firmly in the pro / workflow camp and you should strictly opt for the best-performing tech — hence, the 1DX has dual CF and no SD.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      See I would much rather them offer the camera with dual CF or dual SD, as in you had the option to get a body with one or the other. Like a D800 vs D800e, except instead of the difference being no AA filter, the difference is in what kind of cards you can use.

      That being said, I totally get where you are coming from. But, respectfully, I still find it annoying to have to mess with two different kinds of cards. Thanks for the comment!

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