From the photokina Floor: Hands on the New Canon 7D Mark II


The latest DSLR from Canon shows what can be achieved by adding a number of well-chosen upgrades. No, the new EOS 7D Mark II may not be a technological breakthrough, and it looks and feels very much like its long-running, much-loved predecessor. However, when you start out with a very good camera like the 7D, add a 20.2MP CMOS sensor, dual DIGIC 6 image processors that get the maximum burst rate up to an impressive 10 fps, and add such features as Dual Pixel CMOS AF with live view, a 65-point all cross-type AF system for enhanced focusing performance, and built-in GPS with a digital compass, all the while retaining such signature features as robust magnesium-alloy body construction and a bright, clear optical viewfinder, then you’ve really got something!

In fact, knowledgeable experts at the show were calling it an APS-C-format version of the redoubtable Canon EOS 5D Mark III! The fact that it provides ISO settings to 51200, can shoot full HD 1080p video at multiple frame rates up to 60 fps in both MOV and MPEG-4 formats, and has a crisp, hi-res 1.04m-dot 3.0" LCD—are just icing on what is a very scrumptious cake, indeed. If anything, when you hold it in your hands it feels even more solid than its illustrious predecessor, and it’s claimed to have even better moisture sealing, as well.

In short, the new EOS 7D Mark II is likely to be a real contender in two markets that matter most to camera manufacturers: pros and serious enthusiasts. If there’s any potential downside in all of this, it's that it may be pretty tough to get present EOS 7D owners to trade their cameras in.

Be sure to check out the official B&H announcement post on the new Canon 7D Mark II, with an exclusive hands-on video, a specs comparison chart and more. Also check out our "Candid Thoughts from the Specialists at B&H" post about the new 7D Mark II.

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