he Canon EOS 7D was, at its introduction, without question, the best APS-C sensor-sized DSLR Canon had ever produced. While that camera remains a strong contender even today, 5 years after its introduction, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a huge upgrade from this model. At a summary level: Stuff a Canon EOS-1D X into a 7D-sized APS-C body with an APS-C-sized sensor, add a few enhancements (and remove a few), cut the price by 74% (as of review time) and you get a 7D Mark II. This camera is a bargain-priced, professional-duty-ready DSLR waiting to tackle your world.
The 7D was the first model in what is now a series of cameras. Under Canon’s current EOS camera model naming scheme, the number of digits in front of the “D” provides the first clue to where the camera fits into Canon’s lineup. The fewer digits present in front of the D, the higher the camera line. Once a single numeric digit is reached, the lower the number, the higher-end the camera is in the lineup (this is reversed for the **D, ***D, ****D and Rebel lines). The ranking gets less clear between the 6D and the 7D lines (the 6D is a full frame model, but the 7D is more feature-filled), but Canon’s current 1D-Series model remains the best camera available.
Single numeric digit camera models are given a “Mark” roman numeral when upgraded. So in the case of the 7D II, we have a second-edition single digit line (the best), but with a higher number within the single digit lineup. While Canon’s naming scheme places the 7D II just below the 6D in the higher-end camera lineup, you’ll notice that the naming scheme doesn’t tell the whole story – in many instances, the 7D Mark II’s feature set makes it the clear winner over its full-frame cousin.
The original 7D was in Canon’s lineup longer than any other EOS camera before being upgraded and the 70D had most of the 7D’s features along with some significant new ones (including Dual Pixel CMOS AF) at a lower price point, bringing Canon’s product segmentation into question. The 7D II solidly clears up that issue. The 7D II is today at least what the 7D was when it was introduced: “… the ultimate step-up camera for serious photographers or a second camera for professionals in the field.” [Canon] While it may be a second camera for many professionals, the feature-to-price ratio of this camera is going to make it the first choice camera for many professionals.
As is frequently the case with a new camera model, never-before-seen features are introduced with the 7D II.
Summary of EOS 7D Mark II Features
- 20.2 Megapixel CMOS APS-C Sensor supporting next generation Dual Pixel CMOS sensor-based AF
- 10.0 fps continuous shooting for up to 130 JPG/31 RAW frames
- Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
- Highly customizable AF system featuring 65 All Cross Type AF Points with f/8 center point sensitive to -3 EV extreme low-light conditions
- ISO 100-16000 with expansion to 51200
- Built-in GPS receiver with a digital compass records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation, direction and UTC time) to EXIF
- Improved custom controls with built-in Intervalometer and bulb timer
- 60 fps 1080p video, speed and sensitivity-customizable Movie Servo AF, MOV and MP4 recording formats and uncompressed HDMI out
- Magnesium alloy body, shutter durability rated up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance
- EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for improved precision
- 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots)
- Flicker Mode adjusts shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
- Dual Memory Card Slots supporting one CF (UDMA Mode 7) and one SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) memory card
- 100% view, 1.00x magnification Intelligent Viewfinder II
- Distortion correction joins Canon’s previously introduced in-camera chromatic aberration and peripheral illumination correction
- New LP-E6N Battery and Battery Grip BG-E16