Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review

The very much anticipated Canon EOS 7D is finally out with cutting edge features for photographers to explore. The 7d Mark II has proved to be the best DSLR that has ever been produced by the Canon Company. It has improved on all the features of its predecessor EOS 7D and even added new amazing features. Its lens and sensor make it suitable for expert photography. Therefore, to find out more about this gadget read this in-depth Canon EOS 7D Mark II review.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

General Specifications

The EOS 7D Mark II has been talked about a lot, could it be the best DSLR yet in its line of production? Let’s now indulge in reviewing some of its flagship features.

Type: Digital AutoFocus/DSLR with built-in flash
Resolution: 20.2 megapixels and an APS-C sensor
ISO:
• Native ISO: 100 – 16,000
Extended ISO: 25,600 – 51,200
Shutter Speed: 1/8000th seconds
Continuous shooting range: 10 frames per second
Size: 149mm x 112mm x 78mm or (5.9in x 4.4in x 3.1in)
Weight: 910 grams or 2.0lb with batteries. It weighs 820g excluding batteries.
Media Storage: it supports compact flash, SD or SDHC or SDXC
Pricing options:

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Key Features

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II has majorly improved in several areas. The autofocus is unmatched to that of its predecessor and competitors, to begin with. It prides itself of sixty-five autofocus points which are all cross-types. Hence, it can be used with teleconverters to autofocus at f/8. Its resolution has been improved from 18MP to 20.2MP. The EOS 7D Mark II now has two card slots which support CF and SD card sizes. It has a new continuous shooting rate of ten frames per second as well as a 200k cycle-rated shutter mechanism.

The camera also has an improved movie shooting by 60 p at a resolution of 1920*1080. The LCD resolution has also received some upgrade as compared to that of the 7D. However, there has been a reduction in the battery capacity to 670 shots as compared to the 800 shots of the previous version.

Image Quality and Performance

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II has a different sensor technology, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This sensor allows each pixel to have a photo-site and a phase-detection autofocus sensor. The photos from the 7D Mark II are of high quality. For instance, the JPEG images shot at ISO 1600 are very pleasant. Based on scene content or how large you would want them viewed, decent resultant can be obtained from even ISO 25600, thanks to the high JPEG processing power of Canon.

However, the images may not be as sharp as expected. This is because the 18-135mm IS STM kit lens doesn’t match well with the camera. That may lead to loss of some tonal variation, shadow and highlight specifics. The video quality on this camera is also great and lacks rolling-shutter, moiré or edge artifacts. However, in dim lighting, the midrange ISO may yield a little noise on the video. That can be made up for with some settings and customization within the camera.

When it comes to performance, the camera can power on and be ready to shoot in 0.8 seconds. With the help of the viewfinder, it takes about 0.2 seconds to focus and shoot despite the file format. In live view; with the aid of the optimized 18-135mm lens, the inter-shot duration rises to about 0.8 seconds. When focusing and shooting in a well-lit area, it takes just 0.4 seconds. The period may increase in dark conditions.

The camera has the capability to manage a burst of 9.5frames per second for unlimited JPEG images, but just 30 for raw images before its speed slackens.

Design and Controls

Its design does not differ widely with the former 7D; however, it has some fine modifications. It is the heaviest when compared to members of its class. The camera is weatherproof thanks to the magnesium alloy that forms its outer shell. The shutter durability has also been modified to 200000 activations. The large viewfinder it inherited from the 7d has been tweaked to have another overlay for more detail coverage.

The Auto Option has been omitted from the mode dial, leaving just the standard set of manual and semi-manual modes as well as the custom setting slits. The programmable M.Fn button is now located in front of the top dial. The direct access buttons which include the white balance, drive mode, metering, AF mode flash compensation, and ISO sensitivity are situated above the LCD.

The AF and exposure compensation buttons are located above the thumb rest to allow better right-thumb handling. On the left side are the playback buttons for zoom delete etc., and another button for picture style, multi-exposure and HDR modes below it. Instead of the AV output in the 7D, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II now has a USB 3.0 connector and earphone audio jack. Another witty addition is the GPS.

PROs

  • It has a fast continuous shooting power of 10fps as well as a large buffer that may double the speed.
  • The Auto Focus system is ultra-fast with sixty-five cross type autofocus points.
  • It is a crop frame camera hence it has a more reach with a telephoto lens.
  • It has a high video and picture quality thanks to its high sensitivity.
  • The camera has a sturdy cover that can withstand harsh weather conditions and is also dustproof.
  • It has the iTR metering sensor in addition to face detection and object recognition.

CONs

  • The GPS doesn’t turn off when you shut down the camera leading to battery wastage.
  • It does not support inbuilt Wi-Fi, has no touch screen and doesn’t feature a motion sensor LCD.
  • The autofocus in live view mode may produce noisy JPEG images in low light areas.
  • It is quite heavy as compared to its competitors.

Recommendations

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II review shows that the camera is one of the best in the category offering better sensitivity and great shooting with its fast AF system. Expert photographers and enthusiast will find this camera applicable in a plethora of platforms.

The iTR metering, viewfinder, face detection, and tracking are just some of the features that make this camera a leader among other DSLRs of its caliber. Though the iTR may not be the best, it is very effective for this particular camera.

Conclusion

The photo and video quality offered by the Mark II is fantastic as seen in this Canon EOS 7D Mark II review. Therefore, it is worth a go for your professional photography career. If you had already purchased a Canon EOS 7D Mark II, you should share your thoughts and experiences based on your favorite features.

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