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Eos R7 Wildlife Object Detection Clarification


I'm looking to get the R7 for wildlife photography and I'm curious about your experiences with the object detection for wildlife. On their website, Canon has a disclaimer that the feature may not be able to recognise animals that are not dogs, cats or birds. I'm wondering how does this really work in practice for wildlife photography when it comes to other animals like deer, foxes, hogs etc?



Can't answer your inquiry but never heard of a camera that could distinguish different animals. How would it tell the difference between a coyote and a large dog? Following this post for answers.

Canon EOS T7; EF-S 18-55mm IS; EF 28-135mm IS; EF 75-300mm; Sigma 150-600mm DG

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The Canon AF system is not so clever that it can detect cats but not lions. The defined subject types; feline, canine and birds covers quite a lot of animal subjects. A fox head is much like a dog, and a puma is still a cat. The ability of the camera to work with pelicans and raptors is well known despite their different head / beak shapes. 

With an EOS R6 I have seen it find the black eye on a black horse when set to animal subject priority, and fail to find the head of a zebra. Guess the zebra stripes confuse the animal subject detection.

If you photograph primates, you might be better setting the camera for people as the face shapes are similar. 

So to answer the question, the camera is unlikely to tell the difference between a coyote and a large dog, and probably also no difference between a bear and a dog.

EOS R6 Mark II and EOS R8 have additional profiled subjects. Animal detection still does canine, feline and birds, but also adds equine subjects. Its vehicle setting adds trains and planes to the bikes and cars.

Brian - Canon specialist trainer, author and photographer


I am a wildlife photographer and looked at the R7, but for a bunch of reasons went for the R5 and R6 series because amongst other things, they do have superior tracking.  I have tracked giraffes, lions, dogs, cats, birds, reptiles etc.  The only things they have occasionally struggled with are insects because of the compound eyes.

cheers, TREVOR

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