Unveiled: Canon EOS 7D Mark II


The wait is over. Canon has just announced the update to the groundbreaking EOS Canon 7D DSLR, which has been the Canon APS-C workhorse for over five years. The new EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera, with a number of significant improvements, is sure to please 7D shooters looking to upgrade or those ready to make the move to one of the best crop sensor DSLRs available.

For starters the APS-C CMOS sensor on the 7D Mark II has been bumped up to contain 20.2MP of effective pixels compared to the 18.0MP of the 7D and the processors skip a generation to include dual DIGIC 6 image processors. These two processors give the 7D Mark II its impressive image quality and low light capability in video as well as stills, and also provide its very fast performance speed which includes continuous full resolution shooting up to 10 fps. The sensitivity range has also been expanded for minimized noise in low-light capture; it runs from ISO 100-16000 but can be expanded to an ISO 51200 equivalence.

The processors help the Mark II capture up 31 RAW, 19 RAW + JPEG, and over 1000 JPEG images in a single burst and it works to make real-time corrections of lens aberrations and distortion. Shutter lag is reduced to 55 milliseconds and refined mechanics improve shutter efficiency and dampen vibrations, which improves autofocus accuracy and overall image sharpness.

The focusing system takes a major leap to include 65 all cross-type AF points, up from 19 on the 7D, therefore enabling improved focusing precision, especially when tracking moving subjects. The AF points are spread over a wide area of the frame enabling faster AF wherever the subject lies, and -3 EV sensitivity at the center dual-cross type point allows for accurate AF in low light. When working in live view, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor with phase-difference detection provides smooth camcorder-like autofocus, which is fast and precise for stills and video. The metering sensor has also been upgraded and now offers 150,000-pixel RGB+IR sensor. This sensor enables Canon’s intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (iTR AF) that detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the AF point to optimize subject tracking. New tracking algorithms for face and color recognition also serve as a foundation point for the 7D Mark II’s AF system.

Full HD video capture is a calling card of the 7D series and the upgrade in the Mark II includes 1080p capture at 60 fps in addition to 30 and 24 fps at full HD. Lower HD and SD-resolution video is also available and both MOV and MP4 formats are supported as is uncompressed video to an external recorder via the mini-HDMI terminal. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is particularly beneficial in video recording and noticeable in live view when switching between subjects and, in combination with Canon’s Custom Movie Servo predictive AF, when tracking moving subjects. ISO sensitivity in video mode parallels stills mode to 16000 and video, as well as stills, can be recorded to both SD and Compact Flash cards in the dual card slot. A jack for both an external microphone and headphones are supported.

The rear monitor on the Mark II is a 3.0” Clear View II LCD with 1,040k-dot resolution, which provides easy-to-see image composition and playback. Its resin-coated cover minimizes reflections, and the extremely helpful comparative playback function lets you compare two images (or sections of images) on the same screen. The 100%-coverage Intelligent Viewfinder II improves upon the original optical pentaprism viewfinder with faster overlay of a number of displays which offer camera settings information and options such as grid display, AF point display and an electronic level.

Advanced custom controls allow you more ways to set the camera buttons for just what you need, and a first for an EOS is time-lapse fixed-point shooting and long exposures without the need for a remote control. The EOS 7D Mark II’s interval timer takes from 1 to 99 shots at preselected intervals, ideal for shooting flowers as they bloom or the transition of daytime passing into nighttime. Also, a built-in GPS receiver provides digital compass, location and altitude information and coordinated time. For enhanced connectivity, a USB 3.0 terminal offers fast transfer to PCs and printers, as well as to Canon’s new WFT-E7 (Version 2) for wireless transfer and Wi-Fi compatibility.

Physically, the Mark II maintains the durable magnesium alloy build of its predecessor and adds improved water and dust seals. The shutter system, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second, has been tested to complete 200,000 actuations. It provides a built-in flash plus hot shoe for external flash and PC terminal.

The 7D Mark II is compatible with EF and EF-S lenses and in addition to the 7D Mark II camera body, Canon is releasing a kit with the Mark II and a zoom lens. The EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens combines the DSLR with a highly versatile EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This lens built for APS-C sensors, provides the full frame focal length equivalency of a 28.8-216mm lens for comprehensive wide-angle to telephoto coverage. Aspherical and UD lens elements minimize aberrations for sharp, color-accurate imaging throughout the frame. Optical Image Stabilization offers four stops of compensation against the blur caused by camera shake, and Dynamic Image Stabilization is optimized for video and reduces the shake created when moving with your camera. High speed autofocus is complemented by an STM AF system which provides smooth and almost silent focusing action during use.

The LP-E6N Battery for 7D Mark II comes supplied with the camera but is also available as a stand-alone accessory. Having a second battery is a must for full day shoots and it’s generally a good idea to have a second battery charged and ready. The optional BG-E16 Battery Grip for EOS 7D Mark II DSLR provides space for an additional LP-E6N battery and offers a stable and comfortable way to hold your camera in the vertical position. It includes a secondary shutter release button and other alternate controls. With the included BGM-E16 battery magazine, six AA batteries can also be used to power the Mark II.

Updating the existing WFT-E7A model is the WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter Version 2 which offers compatibility with the 7D Mark II, and enables fast wireless and wired transfer of images to your computer or smart device as well as remote control and linked shooting capabilities. Fast and secure links over a LAN connection and a wired Ethernet connection improve workflow while a built-in Bluetooth function allows it to handle high-volume data transfer. The E7A attaches to the base of your camera via the tripod mount, connects to the camera via USB, and requires its own battery.  Several new interface cables are also available to connect distinct cameras to a computer or even to the wireless file transmitter, including the IFC-150U II USB 3.0 Interface Cable  which is included with the camera, the IFC-500U II USB Interface Cable which is compatible with the standard mini USB B-type socket, and the IFC-150AB II USB Interface Cable and IFC-40AB II USB Interface Cable which are spare cables and come included with the WFT-E7A transmitter.

Finally, Canon has made available two new focusing screens for the 7D Mark II. The Eh-A Focusing Screen is a replacement for the standard screen that is included with the camera and the Eh-S Focusing Screen is the Super Precision Matte alternative which provides brighter focusing options with fast aperture lenses.

  EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera EOS 7D DSLR Camera
Lens Mount Canon EF (compatible with EF and EF-S lenses) Canon EF (compatible with EF and EF-S lenses)
Image Sensor APS-C (22.4 x 15.0 mm) CMOS APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) CMOS
Image Processor Dual DIGIC 6 Dual DIGIC 4
Effective Pixels 20.2 MP 18.0 MP
Total Pixels 20.9 MP 19.0 MP
Maximum Resolution 5472 x 3648 5184 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 3:2 3:2
Still Image File Format JPEG, RAW JPEG, RAW
Storage Media CF Card Type 1, UDMA-compliant; SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards CF Card Type 1 and II, UDMA-compliant
Card Slot 1 x CF
1 x SD
1 x CF
Viewfinder Type Intelligent Viewfinder II (Eye-level pentaprism) Intelligent Viewfinder (Eye-level pentaprism)
Frame Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1.0x -1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity / 29.6° angle of view 1.0x -1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity / 29.4° angle of view
Eyepoint 22 mm from eyepiece lens center 22 mm from eyepiece lens center
Diopter Adjustment -3.0 to +1.0m-1 -3.0 to +1.0m-1
Shutter Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter Vertical-travel, mechanical, electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed 30 seconds to 1/8000 second 30 seconds to 1/8000 second
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 second 1/250 second
Drive Modes Single, high-speed continuous (10 fps), low-speed continuous (3 fps, default), silent single shooting, silent continuous shooting (4 fps), self-timer Single, high-speed continuous (8 fps), low-speed continuous (3 fps), self-timer
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 10 fps 8 fps
Self-Timer 10 or 2 seconds 10 or 2 seconds
Exposure Metering System 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with 252-zone EOS iSA system 63-zone SPC TTL metering
Metering Method Evaluative, partial, spot, center-weighted Evaluative, partial, spot, center-weighted
Metering Range EV 0-20 EV 1-20
Exposure Modes Program, shutter priority, aperture priority, Creative Auto, full auto, manual, E-TTL II autoflash program Program, shutter priority, aperture priority, Creative Auto, full auto, manual, E-TTL II autoflash program
Exposure Compensation ±5 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments ±5 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity 100-16000 (Expandable to H1: 25600 and H2:51200) 100-6400 (Expanded: 100-12800)
Autofocus System TTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
Number of Focus Points 65 all cross-type (f/2.8 at center, dual cross-type) 19 all cross-type (f/2.8 at center, dual cross-type)
Focus Modes One-Shot, Predictive AI Servo, AI Focus AF, Manual One-Shot, Predictive AI Servo, AI Focus AF, Manual
Autofocus Sensitivity As low as EV -3.0
Live View, Dual Pixel CMOS AF: EV 0-18
EV -0.5-18
Built-In Flash Yes Yes, GN: 39' / 12 m at ISO 100 and 15mm (APS-C)
Flash Control E-TTL II E-TTL II
Flash Modes Auto, manual, multi flash Auto, manual, multi flash
Flash Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments ±3 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
External Flash Interface Hot shoe, PC terminal Hot shoe, PC terminal
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Twilight, Sunset, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature
White Balance Bracketing Not specified by manufacturer ±3 levels in 1 step increments
Movie Recording Yes Yes
Movie Resolutions MOV Format
1920 x 1080: 59.94 / 29.97 / 24.00 / 23.976
1280 x 720: 59.94
640 x 480: 29.97

MP4 Format
1920 x 1080: 59.94 / 29.97 / 24.00 / 23.976
1280 x 720: 59.94 / 29.97
640 x 480: 29.97
1920 x 1080p: 29.97 / 23.976 / 25
1280 x 720p: 59.94 / 50
640 x 480p: 59.94 / 50 
Movie Exposure Modes Program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual Program AE, Manual exposure
File Format MOV, MP4 MOV
Compression MOV Format (IPB / All-I)
Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Audio: Linear PCM

MP4 Format (IPB / All-I)
Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 (Variable bit rate)
Audio: AAC
Image Data: H.264
Audio: Linear PCM (monaural)
Audio Recording Yes, with video Yes, with video
External Microphone Input Yes, 3.5mm Yes, 3.5mm
Headphone Jack Yes, 3.5mm N/A
Maximum Recording Time 29 minutes 59 seconds 1920 x 1080: 12 minutes
1280 x 720: 12 minutes
640 x 480: 24 minutes
Monitor 3.0" 1,040k-dot Color Clear View II Color TFT LCD 3.0" 920k-dot Color TFT LCD
Monitor Viewing Angle Not specified by manufacturer 170°
Interface USB 3.0
Video OUT (NTSC / PAL)
USB 2.0
Video OUT (NTSC / PAL)
Wi-Fi N/A N/A
GPS Yes, built-in N/A
Power Source 1 x LP-E6N Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Optional ACK-E6 AC Power Adapter
Optional BG-E16 Battery Grip
1 x LP-E6 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Optional ACK-E6 AC Power Adapter
Optional BG-E7 Battery Grip
Battery Life Approx. 800 at 73°F / 23°C Approx. 1000 at 73°F / 23°C
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 85% or less
Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 85% or less
Dimensions 5.9 x 4.4 x 3.1" / 15.0 x 11.2 x 7.9 cm 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9" / 14.8 x 11.1 x 7.4 cm
Weight 28.9 oz / 820 g (body only) 28.9 oz / 820 g (body only)

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When are these dimwits going to make an orientable viewfinder and standard on "professional" cameras.   They give such credence to how many frames it will shoot, but don't have enough logic to understand that you lose a million great shots by having to look through a viewfinder, in stills and video.

I said a long time ago that I would never buy another 35mm camera that doesn't have an orientable finder.  I bought a 60d about a year or so ago.  It seems like Nikon is getting the idea.  What's with Canon

is that the best you could come up to slam Canon?

Wah wah wah..go buy a nikon..

Never Nikon again. For 14 years I shot Canon went to Nikon for 3 and back wiht Canon now for 2 years again. Man they are kick-ass. If you wnat LCD to come out get a mirrorless. Canon need to be more carefull of Sony.

Sean - if you need to look through a view finder to make every shot ***** (yet alone missing 1 000 000 shots) then you might not be ready for a pro camera. You might want to stick with the Rebel line with tilt screens. Leave the real cameras to those who know how to use them! Dimwhit!

Professional shooter don't need to have a swivel -- we get down low, jump up high and do what we need to do to make a good shot. Wow -- Im looking forward to trading my old 7d in and getting the new one. Yes this is awesome - I just got the 5d Mark 3.

Well as the owner as a 5dmkIII, I don't really understand what you're talking about, so you're saying without a swivel screen ya can't take good pictures :'(((((( 

Someowne needs to grow up and learn how to get down and dirty for that great shot.  

"Orentable screens" are a bad idea for pros, Period

Orientable screens are handy but they make you really lazy really quick.  Its always better to look through a viewfinder and I hate taking pictures in live view any way.  

I find it awesome that a camera with a real viewfinder and can shoot 10 fps is under $2000.  Way to go Canon!

They don't put flip screens on pro cameras because it's not as easy to weather proof them if you need a tilt/flip screen you are not a pro go get a rebel.
P.S. Nikon does not have a tilt/flip screen on their pro cameras either for the same reason.

The new Nikon D750 has a tilt touch screen. It just goes up and down and does not rotate, but it isn't fixed.

I am flaberghasted at the sheer amount of uneducated vitriol being spewed at the 7D mkII. I preordered mine the day Canon announced it. This has everything most serious shooters would want in a camera - 65 cross type AF system, great AF in low light, dual card slots, fast processor, 10FPS continuous shooting, large 31 RAW buffer, and a built in Intervalometer.

Some people are crying because of the lack of a tilting screen, touch screen, wifi and 4K video. Will any of those make you a better photographer? Nope.

The 7D MkII sounds like an incredible camera, almost everything I'm looking for in a NIkon D300s replacement. I only wish it had a Nikon sensor and used my current lenses. I'm tired of waiting for Nikon to get their act together and release an updated sports/photojournalist camera rather another "enthusiast" camera with more special effects modes, a toy-like body, and an emphasis on video features over still photography. The D300 and D700 were outstanding cameras in their day; unfortunately, the newer cameras all step backwards in certain areas. Way to go Canon, maybe you can force Nikon to release what we have been waiting years for, and if Nikon doesn't, expect a flood of Nikon users to the 7D MkII. I will rent the 7D MkII and see how it performs for shooting indoor high school sports.

The camera devision is obviously run by men over the age of 45 and really don't shoot. Just LQQK at what happened to Kodak.

The death of the film insdustry is what killed Kodak, not old men.

You know that Kodak invented the first digital camera right?

Nope. First Digital Camera was made by Casio... Not Kodak.

Sorry I was wrong.

Casio made the first LCD consumer Digital Camera!

I can understand wanting the convenience of a tiltable view finder.  However they are no longer neccessary, because you can just use your smart phone or tablet to control the camera wirelessly with Canon's free app.  If you are shooting with the camera in your hands you don't usually need a tiltable viewfinder.  It's mostly when tripod mounted at an inconvenient height or angle that the tilt comes in handy.  In these situations the wireless app is so much better because you don't have to touch your camera to shoot, it doesn't matter what height or angle it is mounted, and the larger viewfinder/screen allows for a more detailed composition and focus.

That only works on cameras that have wifi and those already have tilt screens.

Any camera can have wifi when using a CamRanger.

Funny, my 6D has WiFi, but not a tilt screen.

I own a 6D as well and I never use my wifi... With the built in Intervalomter of the 7D mkII, any use I had for wifi just went out the door.

Well well... I was waiting to see if the 7D mkii would have a nice fixe and solid lcd.... and it does...

No pivot to brake no toys to go wrong... and depending on the user to take the good shot ...

If this camera was to have any other than a fixe lcd it would have been a no-go ...

I think its funny how everybody is bashing you for wanting a tilted screen on the 7D mark II, I too think that having the ability to have the tilt screen opens up many more opportunities than otherwise couldn't have been achieved using the built in screen (Shots like in a really really tight place where it would be impossible without the tilt screen and so on). 

I Am Greatly Disappointed after waiting for oner 2 years for Canon to come up with a better Image quality EOS Camera! 20.2 megapixels does NOT do it for me! I won't be buying it as planned! Image quality is what I upgrade for and this just isn't a big enough jump! Saddly Lee Stelling 

Don't be too quick to judge, high megapixels does not directly translate to good image quality.  After all some phones have 16 megapixel cameras.

Do you have any tests reveling the picture quality? Specs don't show that. I hope this time it has noise level comparable to 5D3. I was very annoyed that newer 7D had more noise than older 5D2.

I totally agree. As a 7D owner the only reason for me to upgrade my camera would be low noise/high ISO performance at par with the 5D Mk III

APS-C is not going to have high ISO performance comparable to FF.  

man up and spend the money for a full frame camera if you are so worried about noise.

The 5D2 is a full frame sensor, why wouldn't it have less noise?

I agree... You don't upgrade for Mega Bytes!!!  You upgrade for less noise, faster and more accurate focus, new lower light capabilites.  You know the focus is going to be as good or better than the 5D MKIII and some of the specs look as to exceed the 5D.  I own the 5D and it is wonderful, but I like Concert and Sports photography, so I just may have to add this to my bag.  I couldn't imagine 10 FPS.  If the noise is better This could be a hit.  I know the price is up a bit but so was my 5D and since I bought it I have not worried about it.  It is incredible to me.  If this is comparable to it except for the sensor size, this could be an incredible buy!!!  Try one out to see.

Unfortunately we have not been able to test this camera yet and do not have any image samples.

You seriously think IQ is based on Megapixels?!?!?!  That's funny!

Do you realize that higher megapixels does not mean better image quality? I would recommend judging image quality on actual sample images, not on a megapixel number on a stat sheet. You should also ask yourself what you're doing with your images that 20.2 megapixels isn't enough for. 

Lastly, the 7D is not really meant for greatly improved image quality...it's a workhorse pro-style camera and you're paying for things like amazing autofocus, build quality, dual card slots, etc. If you want better image quality, look at a 6D. 

Well the 1Dx and 1DC both have 18mp sensors, I guess they're not good enouogh for you too.. Go buy that stupid phone with 43mp if you think that's going to make you a better picture taker.

Actually most camera companies are starting to realize that 18 to 24 MP is the best overall range for image quality.  Several high end models in the 36MP range have been manufactured but the problem is that there are serious problems with image noise.  Too many pixels, too much noise, which results in poor image quality at high ISO.  For this reason Nikon has reduced MP in their newer models in comparison with some of their older ones. 

I would agree that many companies believe the sweet spot is the 18-24 mp range, and I think that is probably about right (if not a little high) for an APS C sensor.  I think a 15 megapixel APS C camera might give you some really great high ISO performance, although perhaps not worth the decreased resolving capabilities. 

Some great things have been done with 36 megapixel full frame sensors lately. The key is the pixel density. You can pack 30,40, or even 50 megapixels into these sensors and be at the same pixel densities as some of the APS C sensors, so we have a ways to go to reach the capabilities of these sensors .  Nikon and Sony have packed in the pixels (well, Sony has anyway) with very little negative impact in terms of high iso noise performance.  In fact, I'd say the 5d Mark III and D800/D810/ Sony A7R noise levels are not significantly different even with the increased resolution.  That extra resolution really packs in the detail a good lens can resolve, so I'm all for it in certain applications where excellent detail is the primary concern.  The noise performance certainly isn't terrible with these cameras, and well within usable ranges through ISO 6400 by most standards, if not higher.  The full frame cameras Canon and Nikon are producing with fewer megapixels (D4s, 1DX) are lower resolution for not only high iso performance reasons, but also allow to faster processing of files for sports and wildlife shooters using high fps. 

MP ***** does not dictate image quality. And with a 250+ zone, 150,000 pixel metering system (brand new), a new 20.2 MP sensor (not the same as the 70D), and dual Digic 6 processors, this is shaping up to be a great work horse. Don't get sour over the small details. Look at what the camera has and stop crying over what it doesn't. :-)

I'm still looking to purchase the 7D MKII, but I was also a little disapointed with the MP *****. Although at first one might be inclined to think MP ***** has nothing to do with image quality, one only needs to do a little post shoot processing to realize that a few extra megapixels can make a huge difference when cropping a shot from a larger composition. Those extra pixels can help you reclaim a shot that would have benefitted from a lens you left at home, or fix a badly composed image.

Is it a Full Frame camera?


Not full frame

Compared to Nikon's 2 latest releases, I think Canon still have a bit to catch up ( all my gear is Canon ! )

I'm sure a new 6D mk I I will be next......let's hope we're really impressed

If they even make another 6D which I doubt they will.. 

Of course not. As specs say matrix is 22.4 x 15.0 mm big (not 24x36 mm). They also mention it is APS-C camera with 1.6x crop factor.

Did you even read the specs? like at ALL? 

The 7D II is not a full frame camera, no.  It has an APS-C size sensor, as the previous version of the 7D did.

It's a medium format camera which is a lot bigger than the full frame. (Sarcasm) You gotta at least read a little bit of spects, B&H typed up all that info for a reason. 

Does this have the ability of wifi??? I need 2 b able 2 download pick right after I take them @ sporting events.

You can use CF slot for a card with Wifi ability and DS to actually save high quality images.

No. Though I believe you can purchase a wi-fi enabled battery grip to do so.