It has been a long time coming and with no reason as to why we haven’t seen it sooner but the 7D now has a massive firmware upgrade. Much of it improves enormously on the stills function but the video function gets a look in. The big thing being manual audio control that has been conspicuously absent when the 5Dmk2, 600D, 650d and 60D all have it. It’s not a great manual audio function as it’s within the video menu and there are no levels on screen whilst recording, no ability to change audio levels whilst recording and no headphone jack of course but it’s better than the horrible auto gain control. Whether this firmware update opens it up to magic lantern hack-ability remains to be seen…
You can download it here.
Below is the press release that details all the new features.
London, UK, 28 June 2012 – Canon today enhances the EOS 7D with firmware v2, adding a range of new features for enthusiasts looking to push the limits of their photography. Building on the camera’s high speed, advanced handling and creative versatility, the new firmware provides photographers with a host of new benefits including higher maximum RAW burst rate, in-camera editing functions, user-definable Auto ISO and support for Canon’s latest GPS Receiver, GP-E2.
Originally launched in 2009, the EOS 7D was carefully developed based on the feedback from thousands of photographers from across the globe. Offering the perfect combination of outstanding image quality and exceptional versatility across a range of photography styles, even today it is still considered to be one of the best APS-C cameras on the market. When developing the new firmware Canon followed a similar approach, gaining direct user feedback to bring the EOS 7D up to date with enhanced performance and a greater range of shooting capabilities and creative functionality.
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