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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i have been reading through comments as an amature i currantly have yes a 600d it was great for the first 6 months of learning  but i desperately need to up grade now i have a tilt screen you may laugh i have used it precisiely twice  and found it a hinderence really , no wifi great no need for it really , looking at this model the only real rival i can see is sony and believe me when i say this i have seen a friends and the results are getting superiour to canon and nikon but i have invested in a lot of glass so will stay loyal to canon , you need a fixed lcd for great shots for lots of reasons and one is wind vibration but then who really needs a tilt and swivel screen i know i dont and i am not a pro  like most on here i use viewfinder 98 per cent of time as i trust what i see live vview is great when i am pin pointing a specific object in the night sky  but otherwise  i dont really use it  so for me this camera is my next 

Fiquei interessado neste camera 7d mark2, eu trabalho com 5dmark3, e gosto dela por ser full frame mas o processador da nova 7d é mais moderno e a velocidade de disparo é bem maior.

Em comparação com a 5dmark3, a qualidade do iso em comparação, qual é a melhor mark3 ou a nova 7d mark2? Faço trabalho a noites e preciso de um iso alto para compenssar a luz. 

Existe algum site em que posso ver as fotos feitas por essa maquina para ver a qualidade ?

A 7D mark 2 tem pior qualidade em baixa luz do que a 5D Mark 3, devido ao sensor ser menor. Por outro lado a 7D mark 2 é uma camera mais rapida usada para esportes e tem um sistema de foco muito avançado que pode seguir o assunto. Nesse site voce pode escolher essas duas cameras no comparativo e ver a qualidade de imagem entre as duas e escolher o valor do ISO que quer comprarar.

I have a love/hate relationship with the Canon 70D that I bought about this time last year. I like almost everything about the 70D, including the articulated touch screen. Better ISO performance would be nice, but "back in the day", many of us thought ASA 400 film was too grainy to make good prints. Complaining that ISO 3200 or 6400 isn't buttery smooth sounds like we've gotten a bit spoiled, but it's all relative. If Nikon's ISO performance is better, Canon users should be griping about it.

My real problem with the 70D is that I don't trust the AF system. After a year of general use and tripod based controlled testing, sometimes viewfinder AF works, but a significant percentage of the time it's off. Switching to Live View and taking the same shot always seems to produce better results. I also get wildly different subject distances reported in the EXIF data. The good news is I live close to Canon's NJ service center. The bad news is that a visit there may have improved AF performance, but didn't fix it.

The point I wanted to make is that after my 70D experience, I would never buy a newly released Canon product. The initial hype filled reviews aren't trustworthy, IMHO. The 7D Mk II may be a perfectly good camera, but I'd wait a minimum of six months after its release before considering buying one. Wait for the hype to die down and some extended test results to come in. Right now reviewers can't even evaluate the quality of RAW files dependably.

I have a under water Houseing for the 7 D Will it work with the new 7 d 

Enough has changed in the layout and body of the 7D II that the new camera would not be compatible with a dedicated 7D housing.  I know that Ikelite is in the process of working on a 7D II housing, and would think that other underwater housing manufacturers are as well.

what is the price?  Can I use nikon lenses on it?  Can you send picturers if your in a wifi setting?

Following this is a link to the camera on our website which will show all the packages we offer as well as the price of each.  Nikon lenses can be used with special adapters but do have some limitations (no autofocus, no autometering for example).  Its recommended to use native Canon lenses for best overall performance.  The camera itself does not have any Wi-Fi settings, however use of the Wireless File Transmitter (Canon WFT-E7A Mk II) or Eye-Fi brand SD Wi-Fi enabled memory cards.  See the links below for the camera, lens adapters, and wi-fi options discussed above. - Yossi





nice, there is a BIG difference between the two, what about the 6D, where is the Difference.

The 6D is a full frame enthusiast camera, while the 7D II is an APS-C size sensor camera aimed towards serious sports, wild life, and action shooters.  The 7D II has the better autofocus system, is more rugged, and will be the faster camera.  The 6D, with its full frame sensor, will have the advantage in image quality and low light performance.

Hi guys it is not healthy attacking one another on this debate. Every person is entitled to their own opinion. I think there are a lot of key point that are being overlooked and that is making some of us a little selfish. The Canon 7D Mk ii is design as an action camera for sport, wildlife and landscape. Why would I waste a feature like Wi-Fi on this camera. If I am a sports fanatic the Canon 7D MK II is the camera I would look forward to buying. As a matter of fact I was about to purchase this camera but I am on pause now because I saw Canon is now about to release the new 100 - 400mm lens which I have been waiting for for a very long time. If I am into portraits and video and looking for a crop sensor camera I would have to look at the Canon 70D.

What I also want to add is that Big megapixel does not always equate to quality images. There are lots of other factors to quality images and I am talking about raw quality. When it comes to video, we are expecting to much from a 35mm DSLR that was design for taking pictures. Yes you would get some good quality video but do not expect to get the quality of video you would see coming from a pro video camera.

Canon or Nikon is not going to stuff all the features you guy are looking for into one camera. They are going to make you purchase two cameras if you are serious about your photography. That is the way manufactures operates. That is what you call business. So we have to be real and do not live in a dream world.

Another thing that we have to becareful with is those reviews and comparisons that we get on YouTube, especially the real life reviews. What I observe is that 98.5% of the reviewers of the reviews that I have check always use third party lens as opposed to using a Canon lens. That can be a turn off for viewer.  If I did not see images of the 7D MK II from the other reviewer who were using Canon lenses like the 70 - 200mm, I too would have probably down grade this camera. 

How much it cost?

Our website features our most up to date prices and offers for the camera.  Click the following link to see the camera and all the bundles we offer on our website.  http://bhpho.to/1v74d7g

Now.. if Canon can just make 7D MK II a FULL FRAME with WiFi, then, I will be content. I'm still shooting with my trusty 7D with 3 "L" lenses and 2x converter.

i love canon 7D mark ii and,  when it will come in indian market ? plzzz........ inform me 

Currently we are accepting pre-orders on the camera, and Canon anticipates them to begin shipping sometime in November 2014.  We can process an order and ship it to India for you.  As to when you will begin to see the camera available in stores in India is something you would need to contact your local Canon dealer/camera store regarding.  We do not have information like that for other regions unfortunately. 

can I focus an f8 lens combo (500f4 and doubler) without using live view or is it the same limitation as the 7D mark I ?


The Canon 7D II has an improved autofocus system, and will retain autofocus at f/8.  So you would retain autofocus with the 7D II shooting the 500mm f/4 with the Canon 2X extender.


Im trying to compare 7dmk2 with Sony A77 2 and Samsung Nx1, Now Im using an A7r and I hate the AF system, Im working in sports photography, so I need a camera that shoot fast, all of them are good options, but I do not know which one is the best, canon have good options in lenses for sports photogaphy but I think that the AF could be tricky (  I read that at f8 does not work the AF) on the other hand the NX1 and a77 2 are faster than 7dmk2 and also have a better image quality , so what do you thing guys about that?

Between the 3 cameras and just as importantly their respective systems, I would opt for the Canon 7D MK II myself.  The AF system on the new 7D Mk II is unique for Canon, and if of their fastest most accurate design to date.  You can autofocus with the centerpoint at F8 only (all other points at f5.6).  With Canon you have a much larger selection base of native functioning lenses (i.e. lenses that work 100% and do not use any adapters to fit) and in many cases at better prices than the other brands mentioned.  Same goes for accessories one would commonly flock to.  Samsung has the poorest selection of lenses and accessories.  Their image quality is not so great for me to opt for them over Canon or Sony. 

In general, image quality is determined by the lens mounted on the camera, not by the camera itself. And again I feel Canon has the best lens options, especially for when it comes to sports and wildlife work.

I Likeeeeeeeeeeeeee

inform availability

We anticipate receiving the 7D II in mid November.

Hi! B&H Photo,

could you please tell me about the 7d mark ii video how long the camera its self can record?

I would like to know more about the video before i buy it, and I will be appreciated if you reply me back.


The Canon 7D2 will record video for 29 min. 59 seconds.

Very interested.

A would love to have one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks great, but I have to agree with some that I would like it better with an articulating LCD. I would also like to be able to shoot video while using the eye level view finder instead of just the LCD monitor.  It's rather difficult composing videos accurately outside on a sunny day with just the LCD monitor in live view.  Otherwise, it is very tempting!

It looks like a great solid and dependable camera just got even better! My 7D's controls almost mirrored my 5D Mk III's controls . . . . .now the buttons are the same! (The Quick control and the aperature stop down button, yea!) They use the same battery, 2 Digic 6 processors oh yea! Whats not to like! and 65 autofocus points . . . . . all cross type . . . . .and they kept the price point under $2,000 with GPS and an intervelometer, etc., etc., etc.

While I love my full frame sensor on my 5D Mk III I'm glad Canon stayed with the crop sensor, it has it's uses . . . . . one more capability to add to my bag but takes up no space. I can't wait to get my hands on this camera.

is there a battery pack available?

The 7DII will come with the new LP-E6N battery pack.  Though, if you were referring to a battery grip (vertical grip), Canon is releasing a new grip for the 7D II: Canon BG-E16 Battery Grip for EOS 7D Mark II.

I rewrote the above and hope this is better.

For wildlife, even with “big whites”, I do a lot of cropping, so a crop sensor with lots of MPs makes sense. I was hoping for more MPs, but even with the same MPs if the noise is noticeably less than my 70D, I’ll be happy. To crop and then print large, I like the noise to be at a bare minimum. 100% crops from my 70D have noticeable noise above ISO 200. I’m hoping the 7Dii will be good into the 400-800 ISO range. (Noise isn’t as big a deal in landscape photography because there is less need to crop and wider angles allow for lower ISOs.)

The 7Dii’s other specs look great to me, and I prefer the layout (like on my 5Diii) over a touch screen with fewer buttons. My 70D is missing a few buttons, which really slows me down. I like the 7Dii’s focus system, weatherproofing, card slots, GPS and multi-shot timer. The viewfinder is by far the best way to see detail and focus, so I don’t care about the quality of the screen except when pixel peeping or shooting occasional videos. The 60fps video is great for wildlife and action shots. (120fps would be better vs. 4K which I don’t really care about yet or maybe ever.) The 10fps continuous shooting is amazing!

I wish it had 25MPs, but maybe that isn’t technically doable (yet) except at the expense of slower shooting and noisier images. I think Canon got it right.

Can I Shout too? Everyone else is. Can I too? Hey, shut up! My brand choice is better than yours! I understand photography more than you! I was peeping at pixels long before you! Shut up! No, you shut up!

Wow! You talk about losing market share??? Canon REALLY dropped the ball on that one.

It ain't no GH4.

Have 7D, just curious.

good one

I am a hobbyist and currently have the 7D. One feature that is hardly talked about is the pop-up flash. Yes, I know not to use it for lighting my subject, but I like the idea of using it to trigger remote flashes. This saves me from having to purchase a master flash or one of the triggering systems. This was one factor in me not upgrading to the 5D mark III. I am glad to see that the 7D mark II has the pop-up flash.

Good call.  I also find a pop up flash indispensable when used as a quick fill flash.  I've used it countless times in a pinch when, dialed down, it makes the lack of a reflector bearable.

Can u provide me the cost of EOS 7 D mark ii , x Mumbai.

If you click on the image of the 7D II above, it will take you to the camera’s page where the price will be listed.  From there you could also add the camera to your cart where, on the right hand side of the page, there is a shipping calculator.  Once you chose the country of destination from the drop down menu, the various shipping options, along with their respective costs and shipping times, will be revealed.

I was wondering, I have the 7D now and have used it for a few years now doing sports.  My question before I buy the 7D mark II is, is the noise level at 6400 any better than that of the 7D.  I have to do a lot of post editing with the 7d now and lose a lot of detail at 6400.  I shot with another sports photographer and he had the 5D mark III as well as the 1DX, and in both cameras he was shooting at 12800 iso with very minimum noise.  How does the 7D mark II compare?  If it is even close to those cameras levels I will have it in my bag.  Thanks ahead for the info

Hi Allen,

I used both 7D and 5D2 & 5D3 (as commented in my previous post on this topic).

Yes, the noise level in the 5D Mark III is by far lot lower than the 7D. Honestly I don't think the new 7D Mark 2 could beat or compete with it  at very high ISOs, but hopefully with this new sensor Canon will approach.

My best suggestion is to wait and see the samples and reviews before taking a decision if it's good enough for you. Otherwise you'll be guessing.

I also hope the low light/high ISO is improved (and it will, but how much? probably a bit better than 70D since it's not the same sensor) We don't know for sure until there is a real comparison test or at least some full high resolution pictures available.

Hope this helps a bit.


HD Cam Team

Until some real world image samples start to surface it’s hard to accurately comment.  In theory though as HD Cam Team mentioned hopefully this new sensor approach will shine and we will see images at high ISO/low light with the cleanliness we’ve seen from the 5D MK III and 1DX.

First of all, why can't people just state their opinions without calling people dimwits and idiots. It is perfectly valid to want to have a tilt screen. It's convenient. Rishi gave the explanation of why pro cameras don't have tilt screens at this time. Weather proofing. I owned a Sony A99 and the tilt screen was helpful in many situations.

We seem to be on this megapixel/resolution race when we are very close to not needed it anymore. There's a reason the Nikon D4 and the Canon 1DX don't have huge megapixel counts. It's not necessary for better image quality. You don't need it. And it would slow down your fps speed.

As far as 4K video, go buy a dedicated video camera. Or install Magic Lantern and shoot RAW video. Also, 4K video exists to sell televisions and hardware. Anyone in marketing can explain that to you. 4K resolution doesn't mean better image quality. Use a RED or Alexa camera and shoot it at 1080 and put it next to the 4K video of the Panasonic or the 1DC and you will see what I mean. RAW video and a dedicated video camera is going to win every time.

I think the 7D Mark II is a wonderful upgrade for those looking for an APS-C camera. And again, if you're looking for more features than the 7D provides at its price point, you're going to have to spend more money. Canon 1DC. Canon is not going to cannibalize its more expensive camera line unless it wants to. Marketing.

And I'm not saying 4K is not nice to have on a DSLR if you own a 4K tv. But that's if you're doing home movies for the family. 4K is not going to make people watch your film or make you a better filmmaker. There are plenty of examples where a great story trumps all of the bells and whistles. 4K is not even going to make your film look better. Great lighting, proper exposure and color correction will.

You want to become a better photographer? Use the tools you have and take interesting photos. I can take an award winning photograph with my Canon F1N film camera and I can get better image quality with my Medium Format film camera. I use my 5D Mark III because I get good quality and it's a lot faster, more convenient and cheaper to use. But if I want resolution and quality, I'm going to shoot film. If I want to shoot a wedding, my crazy kids or a sporting event, I'm gonna use this 7D or a 5D or 1D. If I want low light capability, I'm going to use the 5D and 1D. Tools.

At the end of the day, someone CAN take an amazing image on their camera phone or a point and shoot. We buy, or should buy, these professional and semi-professional cameras because they make it easier for us to shoot great photos.

And one think I forgot to mention about the lovely marketing of 4K. If consumers buy 4K televisions, producers are, at some point, going to be forced to produce 4K content. And, in turn, deliver the content to us in 4K. Which means everyone will need hardware to shoot, edit, and deliver. The only way we can control this as consumers is not to buy into the 4K hype. But I can see that's not going to happen. Remember we will have this same conversation 5-7 years from now when 4K hardware drops in price and 10K will be the next big thing. SD to HD was a HUGE improvement. We need to ask ourselves if HD to 4K is equal in that improvement.

Thank you Rob for your thoughts.  I tend to gravitate towards well thought out replies and posts than I do "fanboy" style remarks that complain about certain features not being present in a new camera.  We all have different "needs" and "wants" when considering our purchases and after reading through  4 pages of comments here I think I would be quite happy with the 7D Mk II.

I am a professional videographer by trade and use a C100 alongside various broadcast style Panasonic cameras on a daily basis.  All the equipment is owned by my company.  A personal hobby of mine is still photography and my first digital camera was (is) a Canon 20D.  I cut my digital teeth on the 20D and it has suited me just fine.  I still have my first Canon Rebel film camera and enjoyed shooting slides on it back in the day.  In pondering an upgrade I don't see why this new 7D wouldn't suit my needs.  The heavier build and the control layout seems to be right in line with what I'm used to on the 20D.  I fought for the longest time to determine whether I should go full frame or cropped in my next purchase and after a lot of soul searching and reflection on the types of stills I shoot I think I'd be more than happy sticking with an APS-C sensor again.  If I had all the money in the world I'd go full frame for sure but shooting stills is not my livelihood... just a passion and a hobby.  I agree wholeheartedly with the idea that the photographer makes the camera... not the other way around.  Sure, it's nice to have bells and whistles but at the end of the day do you really need them?  Evaluate what your needs are and if this 7D Mk II is a good fit for you then get it.  If not then find something else.  Arguing and complaining in the manner in which some people have done here does nothing to help further the discussion about this model.  Those that comment constructively will hold much more weight in my mind.

Cheers all... I for one will happily wrap my greasy little paws around this when it's available.

Thank you for your most thoughtful and accurate response. Spot on in all respects.

I suppose the 4K video argument is similar to the megapixel race.  If there's more capability people want it whether they need (or even understand) it or not.  A similar argument goes for smartphones, where 720p is no longer good enough, and now the same arguments are being made for the jump from 1080p to Ultra HD (in a 5" screen - oy!).

Equipment specifications don't make better artists, they have nothing to do with talent.  They only make the job easier, the environment more flexibly 'pwned'. If this is your belief then you will never be happy, because you aren't working the craft, just the gear.

I can't wait to upgrade my 7D!  WiFi would have been nice but not a disappointment. In every other area this will be a worthy successor.

Its good that 7D MK II is here, but I am Waiting for 5D MK IV.


As a profession video producer I use a whole range of video and DSLR cameras, i thought the 7D was an awesome and versatile camera, i still use 5 years on. I was expecting a little more from the mark ii. Mainly i wanted them to imitate the Panasonic GH4 in terms of 'useability'. The in built wifi with NFC technology, the app to control your camera, the battery grip option with XLR inputs, 4K. Sure you can create work arounds and buy a wifi add on for the 7d ii but for an extra $850...

I'll wait to see the footage and more user reviews but i'm leaning towards finally making the move to Panasonic and trading in the lenses. I'm reluctant to do this and honestly feel a sad and let down by Canon.

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