• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

Buy From

Differences

Canon 7D advantages over Canon EOS M

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 2.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 800 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 88 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.74 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    22 vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.0 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    16 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon EOS M advantages over Canon 7D

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 73 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    6 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    503g vs 1467g
    Lighter weight
  • Wider angle kit lens
    29 mm vs 45 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Canon 7D

Your purchases support this site

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail; Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor; Rugged construction with magnesium body and weather sealing; Fast autofocus and fast burst rate of 8 fps; Full HD (1920x1080) movies at 30/25/24p, 60/50p at 1280x720.

  • No dedicated AF-assist lamp (flash is used), and AF-assist adjustment is buried in the Flash Settings menu; Kit lens (28-135mm) isn't quite up to the resolving power of the 18-megapixel sensor, odd focal length for subframe DSLR; No continuous autofocus in Movie mode.

  • Excellent image quality similar to Rebel T4i, T5i and SL1 DSLRs, with 18-megapixel APS-C-type sensor delivering considerable resolution for a mirrorless camera; Solid build and sleek design; Bright, high-resolution 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor; Full 1080p HD video recording that's virtually silent with an STM lens.

  • Barely acceptable autofocus speed still lags far behind most mirrorless cameras despite firmware update fix; Limited physical controls and buttons, including no Program, Priority, or Manual on Mode dial; Lacks built-in flash or electronic viewfinder option; Only two compact EF-M mount lenses currently available.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 7D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1572
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
Canon EOS M
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
  • $1572
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 60D

Canon 7D
Canon 60D
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon EOS M
Canon 60D
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon 7D
Nikon D7000
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon EOS M
Nikon D7000
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-5

Canon 7D
Pentax K-5
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Canon EOS M
Pentax K-5
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Canon 7D
Sony NEX-5N
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5N
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Compare Other Cameras?