Finally, Canon's new 18-135mm lens is pretty tasty in itself, offering a 7.5x zoom range and optical image stabilisation.
What's in a name?
Here's the thing, though. Previously, Canon used double-digit numbers for its high-end, APS-C-format dSLRs, like the EOS 50D, and single digits for its full-frame models, like the EOS 5D and EOS-1Ds. Canon can call its cameras what it likes, but some photographers are confused over the choice between the 7D and the 5D, given that there's not much difference in price. Others are even slightly miffed that Canon's sneaked an APS-C model into the single-digit range.
But there's got to be more to complain about than just the name, right? Well, yes, there are a couple of things. The 18-135mm kit lens is alright but ever so slightly prone to chromatic aberration, and not hugely sharp. If you really want to get the most from the 18-megapixel sensor, you're probably going to have to invest in better lenses, shoot raw files, or both.
Also, Canon's fancy new iFCL light-metering system seems to freak out now and again, producing hideous over-exposure with some backlit subjects. It doesn't happen every time, but it occurs often enough to make you wonder whether Canon has got this quite right yet.
The Canon EOS 7D has its faults, but it's a great camera overall. Look at what you're getting -- a metal-bodied, professional camera that can shoot at speeds barely bettered by cameras of two or three times the price, plus class-leading resolution and HD movies too. Nikon and the rest of the pack have their work cut out to top this.
Edited by Charles Kloet