Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon 7D Mark II Features
- 20MP Dual-Pixel AF CMOS Sensor – Produce great quality photos that are packed with fine detail.
- 10 fps continuous shooting with autofocus – Enjoy smooth continuous focusing when shooting movies and photos in Live View mode.
- sensor – Focus on subjects wherever they are, with 65 cross-type AF points spread across the frame.
- 150,000 RGB + IR pixel metering sensor – Each scene is dissected and analysed for consistent accurate exposure metering.
- Dual Digic 6 processors – Shoot at high frame rates and enjoy superb colour reproduction.
- Compact Flash and SD slots – Dual memory cards slots enable automatic back up as you shoot, or extended storage capacity.
- Built-in GPS – Geotag each photo and movie you shoot with your current location – great for travel photographers.
- Shutter speeds up to 1/8000th seconds.
- Shutter rated to 200,000 cycles (vs 150,000 on 7D).
- Capture movies at up to 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate. Mic and headphone sockets for full audio control.
- Larger-capacity LP-E6N battery.
- Enhanced environmental sealing.
- USB 3.0
We had been following the rumors of a replacement for the Canon 7D for months , in fact it exceeded a year. The reasons the rumors were escalating was that we had seen upgrades in all of the Canon ranges but not is the ”specialist” Canon EOS 7D. I say specialist because it was a camera favoured by Sport and Press Photographers because of its fast frame rate of 8 fps. It had after all been around since 2009 which is an age in the world of advancing technology.
Speculation abounded about whether it would be Full Frame rather than the Canon 7D’s APS-C CMOS sensor and whether it would benefit from inbuilt WiFi which was now carried by others such as the Canon 6D. A flip screen such as on Canon 70D was discounted by most as being “not for a Pro camera” which I believe the Canon 7D is.
All the speculators got it completely wrong as when announced in September 2014 it has neither Full Frame nor WiFi and yes, no Flip Screen. Canon said “Canon today unleashes the EOS 7D Mark II, the ultimate DSLR to capture action other cameras simply miss. Building on the class-leading performance of the iconic EOS 7D, and harnessing technologies found in the flagship, professional EOS-1D X, the revolutionary camera is made for speed, with extreme power and performance providing the freedom for enthusiast photographers to shoot a world of ever-changing action.”
Clearly Canon had previously built something to be very proud of and hard to replace in its entirety.
The EOS 7D Mark II takes the guess work out focusing with an all cross-type, 65-point AF module. It has on board the latest version of the ‘Intelligent Tracking and Recognition’ focus system from the EOS-1D X which works in conjunction with information from a 150,000-pixel RGB + IR metering. This means that with tracking engaged and your initial focus point selected, you can instigate focus with a slight depression of the shutter button and then allow the camera to track your subject as it moves across the frame. The camera automatically uses the appropriate AF point to maintain focus on you main subject.
The Mark II’s continuous shooting rate has increased to 10 frames per second from 8fps of the Canon 7D- hitherto a feature restricted to pro-grade sports cameras . With the temptation for long bursts it is reassuring to know the shutter is rated to survive 200,000 cycles.
The image sensor is a variant of the Dual Pixel AF first seen in the recent Canon EOS 70D, and along with that comes 20MP output. The camera is able to capture information about both subject position and depth whenever its mirror is up, using its image sensor which can potentially provide more decisive autofocus and subject tracking in ‘Live View’ and Video Modes. The Mark II takes video to another level – 1080p/60 shooting capability and a second choice of format – MOV & finally MP4. It also has a third compression option – IPB-Lite, and IPB and All-I.
So what marked differences are there to the earlier Canon 7D? The EOS 7D was one of the first DSLRs to offer 1080p video recording which is now a common feature on most DSLR’s. The Mark II’s Dual Pixel AF has the potential to offer impressive video autofocus , since it can assess the subject’s position and distance from every captured frame. This give the 7D Mark II the potential to offer reliable autofocus during video – which would be a major selling point with the rise of videography.
Canon L Series Lenses – Perfect Companions for your Canon EOS 7D Mark II
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