Long Awaited Firmware Update for Canon 7D Arrives

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

The long-awaited firmware update for the Canon EOS 7D digital SLR has finally arrived and can be downloaded at CanonUSA.com.  The new update incorporates several features that shooters have been asking for, including manual audio control, in-camera RAW image processing, and a larger buffer for burst speeds in either RAW or JPEG.

The next evolution of the EOS 7D has arrived! Firmware Version 2.0.X brings the EOS 7D up to speed with the best technologies Canon has to offer, delivering performance and features befitting the flagship APS-C EOS DSLR. Firmware Version 2.0.X keeps the EOS 7D on the cutting edge of technological innovation by adding user-requested innovations developed for Canon’s high-end EOS cameras: A higher maximum burst rate for continuous shooting, definable maximum limit for ISO Auto, compatibility with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, and manual audio level adjustment during video shooting and during review. Additional enhanced features include faster scrolling of magnified images, quick control during playback, in-camera RAW image processing, JPEG image resizing and ratings, plus customization of file names and time zone settings. A significant upgrade, Firmware Version 2.0.X raises the performance on one of the most popular Canon EOS DSLRs ever created. Prepare to experience the power of the EOS 7D on a whole new level.

Users will also be able to convert jpg images into RAW in camera and tweak  dynamic adjustment of exposure compensation, white balance, picture style, noise reduction at high ISO speeds, distortion correction, and other parameters.

Other features include:

  • File name customization
  • Time zone settings
  • Faster scrolling of magnified images
  • Quick control screen during playback

Shooting in burst mode, the 7D will now be able to record up to 25 fps in RAW, 130 high-res JPEGs , or a combined 17 fps when writing to both RAW and JPEG (not sure why this is an advantage, but Lake Success threw it in for good measure).  And users who want to add GPS coordinates to their EXIF data, will be pleased to know that firmware update v. 2 provides support for Canon’s external GP-E2 GPS receiver to geotag all your images in camera.  But for those using the 7D for film work, the hallmark feature is the manual audio adjustment control.  With this new feature, shooters can now make manual adjustments from a list of 64 levels.

The firmware update for the three year old DSLR is so comprehensive, fans are saying it’s like getting a whole new camera.   And for filmmakers, the APS-C sensor gives filmmakers near Super35 mm resolution, and the ability to adjust it’s audio input makes it a more serious contender or shooting HD video.

It also gives users a little more time to save up for the much rumored Canon 7D Mk. II, which is believed to become Canon’s entry level full frame HDSLR sometime next year.  And if you think about it, that would make some sense.  Canon is eager to take on Nikon’s new D600, which is their entry level full frame HDSLR. An offering this comprehensive firmware update may be a way to guarantee that 7D fans will want to buy into the Mk. II when it arrives.  Then again, it could also mean that the 7D Mk. II won’t arrive as anticipated and the update will hold users over until it eventually comes out.

But questions still remain as to how a full frame 7D Mk. II would fit in.  Would it have a lesser processor or half the power of the 5D?  The 7D contains two processors, while it’s lesser brother the T2i only has one.  Outside of that, they’re very similar (the 7D also has a metal body, while the T2i has a plastic one).

All we really know for sure is that 7D users just got a more capable camera for not only shooting 1080 HD video, but also for taking impressive RAW action shots in burst mode.  And that alone is worth the price of admission.  To download and install the update, head over to Canon’s 7D page, here.

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.