Canon has replaced the venerable EOS 7D (http://bit.ly/1odO11a) after five years with the 7D Mark II (http://bit.ly/1vlthkx) – despite the specs looking unremarkably different, one can only figure out whether the Mark II is really worth the upgrade by testing it out with some action photography. Is the 10-fps burst and 65-point AF system good for parkour action?
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a cropped sensor digital single-lens reflex camera made by Canon. It was announced on 15 September 2014 with a suggested retail price of US$1,799. Among its features are a 20.2 effective megapixel CMOS sensor, HD video recording, its 10.0 frames per second continuous shooting, viewfinder which offers 1.0× magnification with a 50 mm lens and 100% coverage, 65-point auto-focus system, and built-in Speedlite transmitter, and a new metering sensor. It was preceded by the Canon EOS 7D.
- 20.2 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- Dual DIGIC 6 image processors with 14-bit processing
- Liveview mode
- 100% viewfinder frame coverage with 1.0× magnification with a 50 mm lens
- 10.0 frames per second continuous shooting
- ISO sensitivity 100–16,000 (expandable to 51,200)
- 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots resolution
- 65-point auto-focus system, all cross-type. Center point is high precision, double cross-type with EV -3 sensitivity
- 252-zone color-sensitive metering system
- GPS tagging
- EOS Scene Detection System with a new 150,000-pixel/RGB+IR metering sensor.
- Magnesium alloy body
- Popup flash
- Weather sealing (resistance to water and dust)
- In-camera automatic lens distortion correction for most Canon lenses produced since 1995
Autofocus and metering
The 7D Mark II has 65 autofocus points, a similar system as on the Canon EOS 1D X. The AF system uses a translucent LCD display in the viewfinder to overlay image data with the viewfinder image. The EOS 7D Mark II camera features the next generation of Canon’s exclusive Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology, originally introduced with the Canon EOS 70D camera. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs proprietary Canon sensor technology in which effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection focus measurement simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance in both video and Live View still imaging modes.
With Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and customizable Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving subjects over approximately eighty percent of the image area measured horizontally and vertically. DAF focusing modes include Face Detection with Tracking, FlexiZone Multi with 31 AF zones, and FlexiZone Single that allows users to position a focusing frame on the camera’s LCD screen.
The shutter is rated to 200,000 shots, and is capable of speeds up to 1/8000 sec, with a flash sync speed of 1/250 sec. Additionally, the camera can be set to automatically adjust its shutter release to compensate for flickering lights.
The 7D Mark II has roughly the same dimension as the older 5D Mark III with an updated button layout. It also features a 100% viewfinder with 1× magnification with a 50 mm lens.
The 7D Mark II also features a dedicated movie mode switch. The camera also supports Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, which significantly reduce focus motor noise from the lens. The EOS 7D Mark II also features a stereo microphone port and outputs stereo audio via the camera’s mini-HDMI port. The camera is equipped with a headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, as well as a silent control feature that allows users to adjust audio levels during recordings.
The 7D Mark II has dual Digic 6 processors and can reach 10 frames per second continuous shooting. According to Canon, the buffer throughput allows up to 1,090 frames in large fine JPEG mode, and up to 31 frames in RAW.
When newly purchased, the Canon 7D Mark II model comes equipped with:
- LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
- LC-E6 Charger for LP-E6 Battery Pack
- Eyecup Eg
- RF-3 Camera Cover
- IFC-150U II USB 3.0 Interface Cable for EOS 7D Mark II DSLR
- Wide Camera Strap
- Battery Cover
- Software CD-ROM
The EOS 7D Mark II camera offers users the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD or 720p HD video up to 60p enabling slow-motion capture at full resolution in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, exceeding the specifications of other current EOS cameras. Users can also choose between .MOV and .MP4 recording formats for maximum flexibility. The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s mini HDMI port can be used to record uncompressed Full HD video to external recorders.