So, the rumour mill has been grinding a lot recently about the arrival of this long-awaited addition to the Canon lineup.
It’s been 5 years since the original EOS 7D was released, and it has been hailed as one of the most successful models in the Canon range. None of the models released since target quite the same market as the 7D did. The 6D looked promising but is too slow (4.5fps) and full frame, meaning all those with EF-S lenses would have to ditch their lens investment and start again. The 70D again looked like a good compromise, but lacks the build quality and features and really does not offer enough benefits for existing 7D users to upgrade.
Looking back at what made the 7D stand out will hopefully give insight into what the new version may offer.
- Dual Digic processors – making the camera nice and fast (8fps for the original model)
- New AF system – a kind of trial run for the pro-level cameras?
- Magnesium Alloy case, providing solid build quality and some weather proofing.
I’ve read the rumours elsewhere, and applied a little logic too in order to come up with what I think is the most likely, and most complete spec list for the 7D Mark II (and yes, I’m pretty sure that’s what Canon will call it!).
- New high pixel count APS-C sensor – At least 24 megapixels, but likely higher. We’re expecting completely new technology on the sensor front.
- sRAW mode
- Significantly improved AF performance
- Max non-extended ISO 16000
- Much better performance (than the original 7D) in low light/high ISO.
- HDR Mode
- Combine multiple frames into a single image
- 100%+ Viewfinder
- Full 1080p video at 60fps (4K video possible, but unlikely)
- Magnesium Alloy body
- 3″ ClearView II LCD
- Weight: Approx 900g
- CF and SD Card slots
- Redesigned top retaining pop-up flash and hot-shoe but with extra bulge for GPS receiver
Announcements are expectedaround September 15th, with availability soon after. There is also talk of a new 100-400mm L series lens being announces at the same time. If that turns out to be true, I’ll have a whole new kit bag for my trip to Botswana in September!
Update July 6th: According to the website canonrumors.com, they have information from a very reliable source that the Non-Disclosure Agreements relating to the EOS 7D replacement will be lifted in September. This makes it highly likely that the camera will be released at Photokina in Cologne, Germany from the 16th September. Whilst I really can’t wait for the announcement, it does mean that I’m unlikely to get my hands on the new body before my departure to Botswana on the 19th September. Shame 🙁