Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera

EOS 7s



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Marketed April 2004
Original Price Open Price

The new Canon EOS 7s is based on the EOS 7 released in October 2000 and offers improved functionality to satisfy a wide range of users, from photo enthusiasts looking for something beyond an entry-level model to high-end amateur photographers.

Featuring a high-speed-processing microcomputer and employing a new AF sequence (equivalent to that of the EOS 10D digital AF SLR camera), the EOS 7s realizes the fastest one-shot AF performance in its class*. The camera also features Canon’s new E-TTL II automatic flash exposure control. Used with Canon’s EX-series Speedlite flashes, ETTL II employs a revised metering algorithm that utilizes distance information received via Canon EF lenses for exposure control with improved precision and stability.

Enhancing operability, the EOS 7s has a backlit operation-display panel, large printed control markings on the body for easy recognition, and intuitive, user-friendly control placement. The model also raises the bar aesthetically, offering a sophisticated-looking body with aluminum front and top covers finished with bonded black alumite and a leather-tone Ultra-Mat Coating. Adding to the camera’s refined appearance is a stylish metal mode dial, embossed with raised electroplating for a three-dimensional effect.

The EOS 7s features the same outstanding eye-controlled 7-point wide area AF system employed in the EOS 7, providing users with greater framing flexibility, regardless of the location of the subject within the viewfinder. The eye-control function realizes a reduction in response time of approximately 15% compared with the high-end EOS-3, distinguishing the model as the fastest eye-controlled camera in the EOS series. Other performance enhancing features include built-in dioptric adjustment and focusing points superimposed in the viewfinder.

In addition to a continuous-shooting speed of 4 fps, the EOS 7s boasts predictive AF performance equivalent to Canon’s flagship 35mm AF SLR-model EOS-1V, enabling the camera to maintain focus on a moving subject by continuously tracking its movement. Moreover, 35-zone evaluative metering, which is linked to each focusing point, analyzes and makes adjustments for lighting conditions around the subject to ensure outstanding exposure performance.

The EOS 7s permits users to shoot and change film even in situations requiring silence, incorporating a transport system that features a state-of-the-art noise-reduction design to ensure exceptionally quiet performance during film advance and film rewind.

* As of February 3, 2004, among high-amateur-class AF SLR cameras

[Type and Major components]
Type 35mm vertical-travel focal plane shutter SLR (Single-Lens-Reflex) camera with multi-point autofocus (Eye Controlled FocusT in ELAN 7NE), auto exposure with built-in flash.
Compatible lenses Canon EF Lenses (except EF-S lens).
Lens mount Canon EF Mount (EF electronic signal transfer system).
Type Fixed eye-level pentaprism with approximately 90% vertical and 92% horizontal coverage of actual picture area and 0.70x magnification with 50mm lens at infinity.
Six outside focusing points controlled by eye movement.(EOS ELAN 7NE, EOS30V only)
Eyepoint 19.5 mm
Dioptric Adjustment Standard diopter of -1, user-adjustable from -2.5 to +0.5.
Focusing screen Fixed new Laser-matte screen with 7 focusing points
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (60% reflection/40% transmission).
Viewfinder information
Inside Image Area
Focusing points with superimposed display.
Viewfinder information
Below Image Area
(from left to right) Eye Controlled Focus indicator (EOS ELAN 7NE, EOS30V only); AE Lock/FE Lock symbol; flash ready signal; High-speed Sync in use signal; flash exposure compensation indicator; shutter speed and aperture indicating LEDs (blinks at 2hz when setting is unsuitable), also present DEP 1/DEP 2 information, calibration(Cal 1 to 5, END -1 to -3); exposure compensation scale/manual metering scale, Red-Eye Reduction lamp on/reduction progress indicator; in-focus indicator (blinks at 2hz when focus cannot be achieved).
[Exposure Control]
Light metering TTL max. aperture with a 35-zone silicon photocell. Three metering modes available.

(1) Evaluative
(2) 10% partial metering linkable to the focus point by Custom Function control,
(3) Center-weighted average metering.
Metering range EV 1-20 (ISO 100).
Flash metering (1) Intelligent Program AE with variable shift
(2) Shutter speed Priority AE
(3) Aperture-Priority AE
(4) Depth-of-Field AE (DEP)
(5) Full Auto
(6) Programmed Image Control: Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports and Night Scene
(7) Manual
(8) E-TTL II Program Flash
(9) A-TTL Program Flash
(10) TTL Program Flash
Exposure modes ISO 6-6400 (Set automatically with DX-coded film at ISO 25- 5000.)
Exposure compensation (1) Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) to +/- 2 stops in 1/2-stop increments, repeatable. May be used in Intelligent Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Depth-of-Field, and Manual modes only.
(2) User-set exposure compensation up to +/- 2 stops, in 1/2-stop increments, with Quick Control Dial
(3) Flash Exposure.
Multiple exposures Up to nine exposures can be preset. Automatically clears upon completion.
AF Control System TTL-CT-SIR (Through-the-Lens Cross-Type Secondary Image Registration) with CMOS sensor.
Focusing Point Selection Selected automatically by camera or manually by user. Focusing point selection via Eye Controlled FocusT available in EOS ELAN 7NE and EOS30V only.
AF working range EV 1-18 (at ISO 100 with the standard chart).
Focusing modes (1) One-Shot AF; (2) Predictive AF with AI Servo AF; (3) AI Focus AF; (4) Manual.
Focusing operation (1) AF activated by pressing the shutter button halfway; (2) Pressing AE Lock button, (with CFn 4-1 active).
AF Focus Indicator Icon in viewfinder (LCD), superimposed (SI) focusing point display, and beeper.
AF-Assist Method Intermittent bursts fired by built-in flash (no patterned beam), or by AF Assist beam in Canon Speedlites.
Type Vertical-travel, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled. First and second curtains both have dedicated electromagnetic release control.
Shutter speeds 1/4000 to 30 sec. (in 1/2-stop increments), plus bulb.
Self-timer When selected, ten-second delay and flashing red LED on camera front.
Maximum x-sync speed 1/125 sec.
[Film Transport]
Film loading Automatic take-up with a sprocketless system. Film is automatically advanced to the first frame when the camera back is closed.
Film Speed Setting ISO 25-5000 automatically set in 1/3-stop increments according to DX code. Can also be set manually from ISO 6-6400 in 1/3-stop increments. High-speed infrared film cannot be used.
Film rewind Film is automatically rewound at the end of the roll or after 36 exposures, with a mid-roll film rewind option. Choice of high-speed (five seconds with 24 exposure roll) or silent rewind (13 seconds with 24 exposure roll) modes.
Film Transport Choice of single frame or continuous shooting at approximately 4 fps (3.5 fps in AI Servo AF), with additive frame counter.
[Built-in Flash]
Type Built-in, retractable TTL automatic flash; pop-up automatically when needed in low light/backlight situations except when in Landscape, Sports or Creative Zone modes; manual activation (pull up by hand) in P, Av, Tv, M modes.
Guide No. 43 (ISO 100, ft.)
Recycling time Approximately two seconds.
Flash Coverage Angle Covers 28mm lenses.
Flash AE Controls TTL automatic flash control by metering light reflected off film plane. In Programmed AE modes, flash aperture is set according to TTL program. In Aperture-Priority AE and Manual modes, user sets flash AE aperture. In Shutter-Priority AE, aperture is set to match shutter speed selected (1/125 sec. or slower).
Distance Range(ISO 100 negative film, at f/3.5) 3-17 ft. (1-5.2m).
Flash Duration 1.0 ms or less.
Color Temperature Equivalent to daylight.
[Other Specifications]
Custom Functions Thirteen available
Eyepiece Shutter None
EL Backlighting of LCD Panel Yes
Remote control Built-in sensor for use with optional wireless Remote Controller RC-1. Remote control terminal for optional 2-ft. RS-60E3 Remote Control Cord.
Data Display In viewfinder and in LCD panel.
Camera Back Non-interchangeable.
Cosmetics Highly refined body with black alumite top and front covers.
External Flash Speedlite 420EX is recommended with this camera to employ E-TTL II flash exposure system as well as High-speed Sync to1/4000 sec. & FE Lock. The camera is compatible with all EX/ EZ/ EG and E-series Canon Speedlites designed for EOS system cameras.
[Power source]
Battery Two CR123A lithium batteries (6V) loaded through the camera grip bottom.
Battery check Automatic battery check when the Command Dial is released from OFF.
Shooting Capacity,
24 Exposure Rolls*

*Eye Control OFF shown in parenthesis

Temperature No Flash Used, 50% With Flash, 100% Flash Use
Normal Temperature(68°F/20°C) 115 / (125), 33 / (38), 17 / (19)
Low Temperature(-4°F/-20°C) 65 / (70), 19 / (20), 9 / (10)
Optional Battery Pack BP-300 Compatible with four AA batteries or two CR123A lithium batteries.
Size ELAN 7N/7NE: 5.78 (W) x 4.06 (H) x 2.72 (D) in./ 146.7 (W) x 103 (H) x 69 (D) mm
Weight ELAN 7N/7NE: 20.5 oz./580g. (Add 1.12 oz./32g for two CR123A batteries)