Automatic modes on the Canon 7D

The Canon EOS 7D is considered a semi-pro digital camera and as such it does not have the amateur modes like Sports mode, Landscape mode or Portrait mode. However it does have two full automatic modes called Full Auto and Creative Auto modes.

The manual on page 53 contains the following:

“The Full Auto mode takes care of everything, whereas the Creative Auto mode enables you to easily change the picture’s brightness, depth of field, color tone (Picture Style), etc. The default settings are the same as the Full Auto mode.”

Pages 53 – 55 has instructions on how to use the CA (Creative Auto) mode.


Some Canon 7D precautions found in the manual

I received my new Canon 7D a few days ago and I am still trying to learn some of the new features of this camera. Here are some important note or “warning” that Canon wants us to remember:

“Never leave the camera near anything having a strong magnetic field such as a magnet or electric motor. Also avoid using or leaving the camera near anything emitting string radio waves such as a large antenna. Strong magnetic fields can cause camera misoperation or destroy image data.”

“If the camera is suddenly brought in from the cold into a warm room, condensation may form on the camera and internal parts. To prevent condensation, first put the camera in a sealed plastic bag and let it adjust to the warmer temperature before taking it out of the bag.”

“If condensation forms on the camera, do not use the camera. This is to avoid damaging the camera. If there is condensation, remove the lens, card and battery from the camera, and wait until the condensation has evaporated before using the camera.”

“Although the LCD monitor is manufactured with very high precision technology with over 99.99 % effective pixels, there might be a few dead pixels among the remaining 0.01% or less pixels. Dead pixels displaying only black or red, etc., are not a malfunction. They do not affect the images recorded.”

Link for Canon 7D manual

Here is the link for the Canon 7D manual: Click here

Or if the link won’t open type:

Auto ISO range on the Canon 7D

Someone complained that while using the Canon 7D set to Auto ISO he keeps getting ISO 6400. That seemed very high for the lighting conditions.

According to the manual on page 63:

If the ISO speed is set to “A”, the actual ISO speed to be set will be displayed when you press the shutter button halfway. As indicated below, the ISP speed will be set automatically to suit the shooting mode. P/Tv/Av/M ISO 100 – 3200 

Clearly ISO 64OO is too high when using Auto ISO and likely there is a software glitched that can be fixed by a firmware.

The brochure for Canon EOS 7D

I found a link to a 7D brochure while browsing a forum thread yesterday.

Here is the link.