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Published on Aug 8, 2012
http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/2012/08/0... Canon finally released the new 7D firmware 2.0 update this week which adds new features like improved burst mode and audio input level controls. The Canon 7d now has most of the same features that are included in cameras like the 60d and t4i.
In the past the main reason to buy the Canon 7d was for its higher output HDMI signal, burst mode, and rugged design. If you wanted to record audio directly into the camera, you would either have to put up with the AGC or use an AGC disable device. The new audio control feature is nice, but with no on screen level meters and no real way to monitor audio being recorded at the camera, the 7d is still crippled compared to the t2i with magic lantern.
If you already own a 7d, the new features are handy, but if you are in the market for your first DSLR camera for video or an upgrade to an older model, I don't think I would recommend the 7d. For about a 3rd the price you can pick up a t2i and add the firmware hack or for a little more money you can buy a used Canon 5d mark II with better low light performance.
I'll still hold on time my 7d body, it's good for fast moving events and it turns my 70-200mm f2.8 into a 112-320mm f2.8 lens. If you are covering sports, the 7d still has the fast frame rate in a crop sensor body, but if you don't need that feature then even with the 2.0 firmware update the 7d might not be for you.