Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0 Now Available

The next evolution of the EOS 7D has arrived! Firmware Version 2.0.X brings the EOS 7D up to speed with the best technologies Canon has to offer, delivering performance and features befitting the flagship APS-C EOS DSLR. Firmware Version 2.0.X keeps the EOS 7D on the cutting edge of technological innovation by adding user-requested innovations developed for Canon’s high-end EOS cameras: A higher maximum burst rate for continuous shooting, definable maximum limit for ISO Auto, compatibility with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, and manual audio level adjustment during video shooting and during review. Additional enhanced features include faster scrolling of magnified images, quick control during playback, in-camera RAW image processing, JPEG image resizing and ratings, plus customization of file names and time zone settings. A significant upgrade, Firmware Version 2.0.X raises the performance on one of the most popular Canon EOS DSLRs ever created. Prepare to experience the power of the EOS 7D on a whole new level.

Higher Maximum Burst Rate

With Firmware Version 2.0.X onboard, the EOS 7D is faster than ever! It’s capable of shooting up to 130** JPEG Large/Fine and 25** RAW images at 8.0 frames per second, which is up from 126* JPEG Large/Fine and 15* RAW images at 8.0 fps. The remarkable shutter, combined with speedy and sophisticated electronics, ensures instant response and performance. A rapidly occurring scene can be captured moment by moment, second by second, so that even the briefest of opportunities are captured in perfect clarity.

Manual Audio Level Adjustment

For the ultimate in custom audio when recording motion images, this firmware upgrade enables manual control of sound recording levels. The recording level can be manually adjusted to one of 64 levels, for precise, optimized audio. And to prevent mistakes in sound recording, an icon indicating manual sound recording is displayed on the info screen during video shooting.

In-Camera RAW Image Processing

The new upgrade extends the EOS 7D’s RAW image processing to P, TV, AV, M and B modes! Image-processing parameters such as White Balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO Noise Reduction, JPEG Quality, Color Space, Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction, Distortion Correction and Lens Aberration Correction can be applied to RAW images, in-camera, for optimal results without a computer.

In-Camera JPEG Image Resizing

For quick resizing of recorded JPEG images, the EOS 7D can resize JPEG “L” and “M” images and save them as separate JPEG “M” and “S” images. A new feature for the EOS 7D, JPEG resizing can be a great time saver, eliminating the need for a computer to resize images for other applications.

In-Camera Ratings

To help keep track of a specific image, or to organize a number of images quickly, a rating system of 0-5 stars will be implemented into the EOS 7D, which is easily selectable during playback. Along with the rating system, the EOS 7D’s image browsing (jump) and slide show features have been improved, enabling image browsing and slide shows according to rating.

Quick Control During Playback

Another major improvement delivered with the upgrade, EOS 7D users can quickly access a number of features during playback via the Quick Control button. Images can be protected, rotated, resized, highlight alert and AF point displays can be accessed, and image jump can be accessed via the main dial, which are significant time-savers.

Customization of File Names

Also new with the firmware upgrade is the customization of file names. With the customization of file names, it’s simple to set the first four characters of the file name (replacing the default “IMG_”). With user setting 1, the first four characters can be replaced with alphanumeric characters, and with user setting 2, the first three characters are user-defined, with the last character reflecting the image quality.

Time Zone Settings

For frequent travelers, the EOS 7D now offers simple time zone settings, making it simple to define not only time zone, but also daylight savings time. When shooting in a different time zone, the camera can be set to the local time. Upon the return home, reverting to the original time zone is quick and easy.

Faster Scrolling of Magnified Images

For quick check of focus and detail, the new firmware upgrade significantly speeds up scrolling of magnified images. This increased speed makes it easier to confirm expressions, details and sharpness, or whether recomposing, refocusing or reshooting is necessary.

For more information, visit the EOS 7D Firmware Website or go download it from the Canon Wesbite.


Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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  1. September 13, 2012

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