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Canon EOS R7 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.12
Reviewed Apr 05, 2023 at 08:27 am
Latest change: Writing modified May 10, 2023 at 11:09 am
Canon EOS R7 Picture
8.0
Travel Photography
7.7
Landscape Photography
8.7
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.7
Vlogging
9.0
Studio Video
5.7
Action Video

The Canon EOS R7 is a powerful APS-C camera that sits below the Canon EOS R6 Mark II in Canon's mirrorless lineup. It's been touted as a spiritual successor to the sports-and-wildlife-oriented Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR from 2014. However, with all the advantages of modern mirrorless technology, it's versatile enough for all kinds of photo and video work. With a high-res sensor, fast autofocus and burst shooting, and in-body image stabilization (IBIS), it's a dream for photographers and hybrid shooters who don't need or want a full-frame sensor.

Our Verdict

8.0 Travel Photography

The Canon R7 is great for travel photography. It isn't the most compact camera, but it has a fantastic battery life for a mirrorless model. It's also well-built and weather-sealed to give you peace of mind when shooting in adverse weather conditions. Image quality is also great overall, and it has a snappy autofocus system for moving subjects.

Pros
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Well-built, weather-sealed construction.
  • Excellent autofocus.
Cons
  • Not especially portable for travel.
  • Noise handling is just decent.
7.7 Landscape Photography

The Canon R7 is good for landscape photography. Its high-resolution sensor gives you some leeway to crop in your photos, and image quality is great for a crop sensor. However, it doesn't have as much dynamic range as full-frame models, so it can't capture as much detail in high-contrast scenes. Noise handling is only decent for low-light situations, too. Still, it's a well-built camera, and it has a relatively long battery life for long shooting days.

Pros
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Well-built, weather-sealed construction.
  • Excellent autofocus.
  • Good dynamic range.
Cons
  • Noise handling is just decent.
8.7 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon EOS R7 is excellent for sports and wildlife photography. It has a very quick max burst rate and a fairly large image buffer. Its autofocus system supports human, animal, and vehicle subject detection, and it's quite effective at tracking fast-moving subjects. Image quality is also great, though its noise handling is just decent for low-light situations. On top of that, it has a very good battery life for a mirrorless camera.

Pros
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Well-built, weather-sealed construction.
  • Excellent autofocus.
  • Very fast burst shooting.
Cons
  • Noise handling is just decent.
7.7 Vlogging

The Canon R7 is good for vlogging, especially for sit-down vlogs. It isn't particularly portable for on-the-go recording; however, it does feel comfortable to shoot with and has a fully articulated screen that makes it easy to monitor yourself while recording. Video quality is great, and the camera's autofocus is incredibly reliable, ensuring your face stays in focus.

Pros
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Well-built, weather-sealed construction.
  • No recording time limit.
  • Fantastic video battery life.
Cons
  • Rolling shutter can be quite noticeable.
9.0 Studio Video

The Canon R7 is fantastic for studio video. It supports internal 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording in C.LOG 3 format, giving you plenty of leeway to color-grade and process your videos. It also has an incredible battery life for video recording and doesn't overheat during long sessions. On top of that, there's no recording time limit. Its APS-C sensor doesn't have as much dynamic range as full-frame alternatives.

Pros
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Well-built, weather-sealed construction.
  • Internal 10-bit 4:2:2 Log recording.
  • No recording time limit.
  • Fantastic video battery life.
Cons
  • Rolling shutter can be quite noticeable.
5.7 Action Video

The Canon R7 isn't meant for action video, though it does a good job if you want to record the action from the sidelines. It has plenty of frame rate options, including a high frame rate mode in 1080p for super slow-motion clips at 120 fps. However, it isn't the most portable camera and isn't designed to be mounted to action video rigs.

Pros
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Well-built, weather-sealed construction.
  • Fantastic video battery life.
Cons
  • Not designed for action video mounts.
  • Limited selection of high frame rates in 4k.
  • Not especially portable for action video.
  • Rolling shutter can be quite noticeable.
  • 8.0 Travel Photography
  • 7.7 Landscape Photography
  • 8.7 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.7 Vlogging
  • 9.0 Studio Video
  • 5.7 Action Video
  1. Updated May 10, 2023: Added a link to the Canon EOS R8 in the 'Photo RAW Noise' box.
  2. Updated May 04, 2023: Added a link to the Fujifilm X-H2 in the 'Viewfinder' box.
  3. Updated Apr 05, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Mar 28, 2023: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon EOS R7 comes in one color variant: Black. You can see our unit's label here.

You can buy the camera body on its own without a lens or bundled with the Canon RF-S 18-105mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens. There's also the Content Creator Kit bundle, which includes the camera body, the RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens, a Canon DM-E1D stereo microphone, a windscreen to cut down on ambient noise, and an extra battery.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the forums.

Compared To Other Cameras

The Canon EOS R7 is an enthusiast-oriented APS-C camera. It's one of the most well-rounded crop sensor cameras on the market. Like the Canon EOS 90D, it uses a 33MP APS-C sensor. However, it offers some advantages with its mirrorless technology, including a stellar autofocus system and powerful video specs. Aside from that, it also boasts a very fast burst rate, in-body image stabilization, and an excellent battery life compared to its mirrorless peers. That said, it isn't the most portable mirrorless crop sensor camera, and lens selection for Canon's RF-mount is still somewhat limited compared to competitors like Sony.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best cameras for wildlife photography, the best 4k cameras, or the best mirrorless cameras.

Canon EOS R8

The Canon EOS R7 and the Canon EOS R8 are both great cameras, but they're aimed at different users. The R7 is a higher-end APS-C camera that's better suited to sports and action photography. It's sturdier, has a mechanical shutter, and has a longer battery life. The R8, on the other hand, is an entry-level full-frame camera, so it offers better dynamic range and low-light capability. However, it doesn't feel as well-built and has a poor battery life. 

Canon EOS R6

The Canon EOS R7 and the Canon EOS R6 perform similarly overall, but they use different-sized sensors. The R7 has an APS-C sensor, so it's a tad more portable. It also has a slightly longer battery life and a faster max burst rate. You'll also get a bit more focal reach thanks to the crop factor, so the R7 may be a better fit for wildlife and sports unless you need full-frame image quality and low-light capability. The R6, meanwhile, delivers better overall image quality and is better suited to low-light situations because of its full-frame sensor.

Canon EOS R6 Mark II

The Canon EOS R6 Mark II and the Canon EOS R7 are both great cameras, but they use different-sized sensors. The R6 Mark II uses a full-frame sensor, so it's a bit better suited to low-light shooting than the R7, which uses an APS-C sensor. Both cameras have excellent autofocus performance and boast advanced video specs and quick burst rates, but the R6 II is the way to go if you need full-frame image quality.

Canon EOS 90D

The Canon EOS R7 is better overall than the Canon EOS 90D, but they use different camera technologies. The R7 is a mirrorless model, so it has the advantage of being a bit more portable and has a newer, more advanced autofocus system. Unlike the 90D, it includes in-body image stabilization, more advanced video specs, and dual SD card slots. The 90D, on the other hand, is a DSLR, so it has a much better battery life and a more established lens ecosystem.

Nikon Z 5

The Canon EOS R7 is a bit better than the Nikon Z 5, but it uses a smaller APS-C sensor. Unless you need full-frame image quality and low-light performance, the Canon has more to offer. It has a much faster burst rate for action photography and a more effective autofocus system. It's also more capable for advanced video work and has better battery life. That said, the Nikon is a great deal if you need a full-frame camera that's relatively affordable.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
4.1
Design
Portability
Height
3.6" (9.2 cm)
Width
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Depth
3.7" (9.3 cm)
Volume
69.2 in³ (1,134.3 cm³)
Weight
1.38 lbs (0.63 kg)

The Canon EOS R7 isn't the most portable crop-sensor camera. However, it's still smaller than most full-frame alternatives. It's a lot heavier than other crop sensor mirrorless cameras, including the Sony α6600 and the Nikon Z 50.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

Build quality is great. The camera feels sturdy, with materials that feel fairly high quality. The texture around the grip and thumb rest feels sufficiently grippy. The screen articulation mechanism also feels solid. There's a locking hinged door for the battery compartment and a sliding door for the SD cards, both of which feel secure. That said, some of the buttons and dials feel a bit mushy.

Design
Body
Body Type
SLR-Style
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Mirrorless
Yes
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
RF Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s

Like the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, the R7 includes Canon's new 'multi-function shoe' rather than a standard hot shoe. It includes a 21-pin electronic interface and, according to Canon, is supposed to offer more functionality with certain accessories.

Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS R7 camera body
  • Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens
  • Sensor cap
  • Lens cap
  • Rear lens cover
  • Hot shoe cover
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x Canon LP-E6NH battery
  • Battery charger
  • User manual

9.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

The Canon R7 is very comfortable to shoot with. It has a large, roomy handgrip that's suitable for most hand sizes. The buttons and dials are well-placed for the most part, though having the back dial around the joystick is an odd choice. It makes the joystick somewhat awkward to use, so it's really easy to accidentally hit the joystick and change a focus point when trying to adjust the dial or vice versa. The On/Off/Movie Mode switch can also be a little finicky, making it easy to unintentionally switch into Movie Mode when simply turning the camera on. Still, there are plenty of physical controls that you can remap to your preference, and overall, the ergonomics are very good and intuitive.

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
1.15

The EVF is only 2.36 million dots, which is still good, but higher-resolution viewfinders are increasingly becoming the norm. While it makes sense to see a lower resolution here than what you get with the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, it's still a bit disappointing, given the R7's price point. That said, it's still a very effective EVF—there's little, if any, lag, and it's large enough to comfortably get a clear view of your subjects. It sticks out from the body a fair amount, as well, so you don't need to squish your face against the camera. The soft rubber eyecup feels quite nice, too. Still, if you'd prefer a camera with a higher-resolution viewfinder, check out the Fujifilm X-H2.

9.1
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
590 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.62 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes

The screen is fully articulated and includes full touch capability. You can use it to navigate the menus, select focus points, or as a touch shutter. The resolution is high, so you can review your photos on the monitor, and it gets bright enough to combat glare on sunnier days.

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

The user interface is fantastic. It's essentially the same menu found on recent Canon mirrorless cameras, including the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. The settings are extensive, but the menus are logically organized and easy to navigate. There's also a very helpful 'Help' function that explains certain settings and features in-depth when you press the 'Info' button while browsing the menu.

not tested
Design
Built-In Lens
Maximum Aperture
No built-in lens
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Minimum Focal Length
N/A
Maximum Focal Length
N/A
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Optical Image Stabilization
No
Luminance
N/A
Light Falloff
N/A
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
32.5 MP
Sensor Size
APS-C
Processor
Digic X
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
32,000
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.3.0
8.3
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E6NH
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
660 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
163 min

Battery performance is impressive. The camera is CIPA-rated for 660 photos on a full charge when using the LCD, which is fantastic for a mirrorless camera. However, that number drops to 380 when using the viewfinder. When using the camera's power-saving settings, those numbers increase to 770 and 500 shots, respectively. However, these figures can vary drastically depending on how you use the camera in real-world scenarios, but they do give you some idea of what to expect and how the camera compares to other cameras. Naturally, its battery life is much shorter than DSLR alternatives, but it's still very good overall.

Meanwhile, video battery life is exceptional. In our testing, the battery lasted over two and a half hours of continuous video recording in 4k at 30 fps. We didn't experience any overheating interruptions, either, which is excellent.

Photo General
8.5
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
15 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
30 fps
Raw Buffer Size
46 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
163 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
8.5 s

The Canon EOS R7 has a very quick max burst rate. With its mechanical shutter, it can shoot at up to 15 fps, which is fantastic for capturing bursts of fast action. Switch over to e-shutter mode, and you can get bursts of up to 30 fps, though rolling shutter distortion can be an issue, so that mode is best suited to stationary subjects.

The photo buffer is fairly large. However, it takes a bit of time to empty if you manage to fill it up. When shooting in RAW, the empty time also doubles to around 16 seconds, which can disrupt your shooting when timing is critical.

8.8
Photo General
Photo AF-C Tracking
Autofocus Tracking Shots
Perfect Focus Hit Rate
80%
Usable Focus Hit Rate
92%

The Canon R7 has an excellent autofocus system overall. It can detect between people, animals, and vehicles and includes more precise eye tracking. Overall, the AF does an amazing job keeping moving subjects in focus. With more erratic movements, it can lose focus but quickly recovers its target, so you'll likely have a very high keeper rate in most situations.

9.9
Photo General
Photo AF-C Center Point
Autofocus Center Point Shots
Perfect Focus Hit Rate
98%
Usable Focus Hit Rate
100%

Center point AF is fantastic. The camera is quick and accurate when paired with lenses that use decent focusing motors. As long as you keep your subject behind your chosen focus point, you'll likely have a very high hit rate.

9.5
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/3 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
Yes

The Canon R7 has in-body image stabilization, which works in conjunction with optical image stabilization on RF and RF-S lenses. It's remarkably effective, letting you capture clear handheld shots at very slow shutter speeds. That said, stabilization performance will vary depending on many factors, including your lens, focal length, and how steady your hands are.

Photo Image Quality
7.7
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
10.1 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
7.7 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
6.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
6.0 f-stops

The Canon EOS R7 has good dynamic range. It's on par with other APS-C cameras with IBIS implementations, like the Fujifilm X-T4. At base ISO, it can capture a pretty wide range of highlight and shadow detail.

7.9
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,691 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,843 LW/PH

The R7 uses a high-resolution sensor and does a very good job of resolving fine detail. However, this is mostly only noticeable when punching in or cropping heavily.

7.1
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
SNR 18% At 1/8 Exposure Time (125 ms)
32.2dB
SNR 18% At 1/125 Exposure Time (8 ms)
24.5 dB
SNR 18% At 1/1000 Exposure Time (1 ms)
16.6dB
SNR 18% At 1/4000 Exposure Time (0.25 ms)
N/A

RAW noise handling is decent, and the camera performs fairly in low light. Noise is a bit more pronounced than on competing APS-C cameras, but it isn't far off of other Canon crop sensor models, like the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. If you'd like a similarly-priced camera with better noise handling, check out the full-frame Canon EOS R8.

Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
No

The camera can record standard 4k resolution video but also includes a '4k Fine' option, which is oversampled from the full 7k resolution of the sensor. In '4k Fine' resolution, the camera can only record at 30 or 24 fps.

In addition to supporting C-Log 3, the R7 includes a handy 'View Assist.' feature that applies a LUT to the in-camera preview, so you can preview how your footage will look after processing and grading.

Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
Yes

Note: All-I is only available in time-lapse mode.

4k Video
9.5
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
Yes
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1 x

The camera can record at up to 60 fps in 4k without a crop, which is fantastic for capturing smooth action footage or incorporating slow-mo shots into your videos.

9.7
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
235 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
126 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:2
Bit Depth In 4k
10 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
N/A
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0

4k internal recording capability is fantastic. It supports 10-bit 4:2:2 recording internally when recording in C.LOG 3 to capture a wider range of detail and color, giving you more leeway in post. There's no recording time limit, either, which is great. The camera also has excellent heat management, with no overheat interruptions throughout its over two-hour battery life for video.

9.8
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
10
Face Tracking In 4k
9.5
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes

Autofocus is incredible in 4k video mode. The camera supports both face and eye detection, and it does a fantastic job of keeping moving subjects in focus, whether you manually select a target or let it automatically detect a subject. Shifts in focus are quick and smooth. You can also fine-tune the AF settings to adjust its speed and sensitivity, depending on how you need the AF to behave.

8.0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
8.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
8.0

4k video quality is great. In more controlled lighting conditions, videos look crisp, with colors that pop straight out of the camera. It performs well in low light, too. A lot of shadow detail is preserved, and noise is fairly minimal.

If you want even higher quality video, you can also set the resolution to '4k Fine', which is oversampled from 7k. You can see a test scene extract of '4k Fine' footage here.

7.0
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
4.0°

In standard 4k resolution, rolling shutter effect isn't too bad. There's some noticeable skewing with vertical lines, but it's most apparent with quick or sudden camera movements.

When shooting in '4k Fine' resolution, rolling shutter is much worse, with a 9.3º angle of distortion (which would result in a 'Rolling Shutter Effect' score of 4.3). You can see the rolling shutter effect in 4k Fine here.

Full HD Video
9.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
Yes
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x

In 1080p, the camera can record regular video at up to 60 fps. It also has a 'high frame rate' mode that can record slow-motion videos at 120 fps, with a playback speed of 30 fps for 4x slow-motion. There's no audio in this mode.

9.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
31 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:2
Bit Depth In FHD
10 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
N/A

Internal recording is similarly excellent in 1080p. You get 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, decently high bit rates, and no video time limit.

9.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
10
Face Tracking In FHD
9.3
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes

The autofocus performs just as well in FHD as it does in 4k. It has very little trouble keeping up with moving subjects in video.

8.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
8.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.0

1080p video quality is great. Video is relatively sharp and detailed. It also handles low-light conditions well, with minimal noise and good preservation of details in the shadows.

6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.3°

Rolling shutter effect is still present when recording in 1080p. You'll notice some skewing with vertical lines when panning the camera. It gets quite bad with very fast camera movements.

Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
Card 2 Slot
SD Card UHS-II

The Canon EOS R7 includes two SD card slots, which is great for those who like to keep a running backup. They're also conveniently placed on the side of the camera, making it easy to switch out cards when using a tripod.

9.5
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

The inputs and outputs are on the left side of the camera and covered by rubber flaps with gaskets to keep moisture out. There's both a headphone and microphone jack, along with a Micro HDMI to connect an external display.