Finally, the rumours have come true and the long awaited EOS 7D Mark II has been announced by Canon.
The leaked/rumoured specs were pretty much spot on, but there were still some surprises under the hood. I hope to get my hands on one of these soon after release, but until then I can only comment on what Canon tell us it can do.
I’ll put a full specification list at the bottom of this post, but first off, I’d like to cover a few of the main differences between this and other models (namely the 5D Mark III, original 7D and the 1Dx).
The price (currently £1599) is where you would expect it to be as a “prosumer” grade cropped sensor DSLR. Technically speaking, it’s way ahead of the 5D Mark III on pretty much everything other than a full frame sensor. Some are saying this is like a mini EOS 1Dx, which can only be a good thing given that it is less than half the price, and still £600 cheaper than the already ageing 5D Mark III.
So, why should you buy this camera if you already have a perfectly capable 7D?
In my opinion, there are many reasons to upgrade, especially if your chosen persuasion is sports or wildlife photography. Here’s my summary:
- Massive improvement of noise levels at high ISO (and this puppy can go up to 16000 before even touching the expanded settings)
- the best Auto Focusing system currently on the market (yes, better than the £4K+ 1Dx)
- 10 Frames Per Second – that’s 4 more than the 5D III and only 2 less than the 1Dx.
- despite taking a new battery, the old LP-E6 ones you have lying around are completely compatible.
If the claims made by Canon are true and this new high sensitivity/low noise sensor produces superb images in low light, then almost all of the benefits of a full-frame sensor are gone. The one exception is if you happen to be a landscape photographer and want to maintain your ultra wide angle shots.
Some other nice features which excite a geek like me but seem to have been overlooked my many of the mainstream reviews are as follows:
- In camera HDR and multi-exposure. This allows you to take up to 5 shots which are merged to HDR, but all the source images can be saved too.
- Built in intervalometer and bulb timer. This allows you to take timed bulb shots (e.g. 30 minutes) or one shot every n seconds for x minutes without 3rd party add-ons or Magic Lantern!
- Improved Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) to allow 2,3,5 or 7 shots, a vast improvement over the 3 possible on the original 7D.
- USB3 port, meaning much faster transfer of files to your computer without needing a card reader.
- CF and SD Card slots – don’t personally like SD cards, but good option for backup I guess.
- GPS with a digital compass. Just in case you want to geo-tag your images.
- Silent Drive mode, allows silent shooting when in quiet locations (or taking a crafty shot of the bridesmaid without getting caught)
All in all, this looks like a really, really nice camera. It is very capable and will be just as much at home in a Pro’s bag as an enthusiastic amateur’s. It is scheduled to be available from authorised canon dealers from November 2014 onwards.
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Here are the full specs, in case I’ve overlooked anything and a few pics of what it looks like.
|Type:||22.4 x 15.0mm CMOS|
|Effective Pixels:||Approx. 20.2 Megapixels|
|Total Pixels:||Approx. 20.9 Megapixels|
|Low-Pass Filter:||Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating|
|Sensor Cleaning:||EOS Integrated cleaning system|
|Colour Filter Type:||Primary Colour|
|Type:||Dual “DIGIC 6”|
|Focal Length:||Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens|
|Type:||TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor|
|AF System:||65 cross-type AF Points (Centre point is an extra sensitive dual-cross type point at f/2.8, cross-type at f/8|
|AF Working Range:||EV -3-18 (at 23°C & ISO100)|
|AF Modes:||AI Focus, One Shot, AI Servo|
|AF Point Selection:||Automatic selection, Single Point AF, Single Point Spot AF, AF point Expansion 4 points, AF Point Expansion surrounding 8 points, Zone AF, Large Zone AF|
|Selected AF point display:||Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen|
|Predictive AF:||Yes, up to 8m|
|AF Lock:||Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed|
|AF Assist Beam:||Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite|
|Manual Focus:||Selected on Lens|
|AF Microadjustment:||+/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for Zooms), adjust all lenses by same amount, adjust up to 40 lenses individually, adjustments remembered for lens by serial number|
|Metering Modes:||TTL full aperture metering with 252 zone Dual Layer SPC – Evaluative, Partial, Spot and Centre weighted metering|
|Metering Range:||EV 0-20 (at 23° with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO 100)|
|AE Lock:||Auto: in 1-shot AF Mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved. Manual: By AE Lock button in creative zone modes|
|Exposure Compensation:||+/- 5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB)|
|AEB:||2,3,5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments|
|ISO Sensitivity:||Auto (100-16000), ISO-16000 (in 1/3 or 1 stop increments) H1:25600, H2:51200|
|Type:||Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter|
|Speed:||30-1/8000sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb|
|Type:||Auto White Balance with the imaging sensor|
|Settings:||AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature in Setting-White balance compensation|
|Custom White Balance:||Yes, 1 setting can be registered|
|WB Bracketing:||+/- 3 levels in single level increments, 3 bracketed images per shutter release|
|Dioptre Correction:||-3 to +1m|
|Focusing Screen:||Interchangeable (3 types, optional). Standard EH-A, Super precission Matte EH-S II|
|Mirror:||Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f/4 or shorter)|
|Viewfinder Information:||AF Info, Focus Indicator, Exposure Information, Flash Information, Image Information, Composition Information, Other information|
|Depth of Field:||Yes, with Depth of Field preview button|
|Eyepiece Shutter:||On Strap|
|Type:||7.7cm (3.0″) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040k dots|
|Viewing Angle:||Approx. 170°|
|Coating:||Anti-reflection and Solid Structure|
|Brightness Adjustment:||Auto, Manual|
|Built-in Flash GN:||11|
|Built-in Flash Coverage:||up to 15mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 24mm)|
|Built-in Flash recycle time:||Approx. 3 seconds|
|Modes:||E-TTL II, Manual Flash, Multi flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter|
|Flash Exposure:||+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments|
|Flash Exposure Bracketing:||Yes|
|Flash Exposure Lock:||Yes|
|External Flash Compatibility:||E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support|
|External Flash Control:||Via Camera Menu Screen|
|Modes:||Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Bulb, Custom|
|Picture Styles:||Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome|
|Colour Space:||sRGB and Adobe RGB|
|Drive Modes:||Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer, Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting|
|Continuous Shooting:||Max. Approx. 10fps, infinite JPEGs or 31 RAW Images|
|Intervalometer:||Built-in, number of shots selectable from 1-99 or unlimited, Bulb timer possible|
|Live View Mode|
|Type:||Electronic viewfinder with image sensor|
|Frame Rate:||29.97 fps|
|Focusing:||Manual, Autofocus, Tracking|
|Metering:||Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor|
|Display Options:||Grid Overlay, Histogram|
|Still Image Type:||JPEG, RAW|
|Movie Type:||MOV (Video: H.264 or MP4: Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM with H.264, AAC with MP4)|
|Movie Size:||1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50 fps)|
|Max Duration:||29min 59sec|
|Computer:||SuperSpeed USB 3|
|Type:||CompactFlash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD Card|
|Supported Operating System|
|PC & Mac:||Windows 8.1/7/7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3 – OS X v10.8-10.9|
|Included Software:||ImageBrowser EX, Digital Photo Professional, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor|
|Battery Life:||Approx. 670 shots|
|Battery Indicator:||6 levels + percentage|
|Power saving:||Power turns off after 1,2,4,8,15 or 30 mins.|
|Body Materials:||Magnesium Alloy body covers|
|Operating Environment:||0-40°, 85% or less humidity|
|Dimensions (WxHxD):||148.6 x 112.4 x 78.2mm|
|Weight (body only):||Approx. 910g|
Source: Canon official Press release.