Canon EOS 7D Design
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Canon 7D Front. Just a little larger than other cameras in Canon's previous semi-pro line, the Canon 7D is nevertheless well designed. Grip surfaces cover most of the front grip area on both the left and right side. A notch for the middle finger makes grip alignment easier. Nestled in this notch is an infrared remote port heretofore unseen on higher-end EOS digital SLRs. Note the four holes on the upper right shoulder for the microphone.
Canon 7D Left Side. Pretty much standard Canon SLR fare on the left side, with two large rubber flaps covering the various ports.
Canon 7D Right Side. The compact flash card door is springloaded, opening toward the front; past models swung freely, but this is preferred behavior.
Canon 7D Top. Existing Canon digital SLR users might be put off by the new power switch location, but just about everything else is where it should be. Note the new Multi-Function button just behind and left of the Shutter release button.
Canon 7D Back. New on the back are the Quick Menu and RAW/JPEG buttons, and the Movie/Live View mode control. The new arrangement also returns the five control buttons to the left of the LCD, an easier place to access them than from under the LCD, as they are on the Canon 50D.
Canon 7D Bottom. The battery door removes with a plastic, springloaded pin locking system. It's not as robust as the former metal lock, but it's easier to use. Note the Extension System Terminal cover is missing in this shot.