The Canon EOS 7D Mark II, a worthy successor to the Canon EOS 7D
Five years after the release of its phenomenally popular EOS 7D, Canon has followed up admirably with a new semi-pro DSLR, the EOS 7D Mark II, which handles better than its predecessor and comes with markedly improved autofocus and video capabilities. For the high-end photography enthusiast, the EOS 7D Mark II is a worthy new challenger to other DSLR cameras in the same price category.
The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is how good it feels in your hands – it’s sturdy and handles well, even in less than optimal weather conditions, including light fog, snow and drizzle. The ergonomics are truly stellar and the camera is rugged enough for you to take anywhere.
But where the Canon EOS 7D Mark II really excels is with its upgraded autofocus capabilities and brand-new 20.2-million-pixel-sensor. It’s clear that Canon has put a lot of thought into enabling high-end photography enthusiasts to capture a wide range of motion. There are a number of ways to customize the AF system so that your subject always stays in focus.
The camera offers continuous autofocus (AF), 10 fps continuous shooting and a fantastic optical viewfinder that makes composing images easier and faster. As good as the autofocus was on the original 7D, the new Mark II goes one step further, with a 65-point cross-type autofocus sensor system.
And Canon has added a new processing engine to the camera, which results in improved image quality and much greater responsiveness. This makes the Canon EOS 7D Mark II perfect for shooting sports, wildlife and events. You can quickly react to motion and get the shots you want, given the camera’s continuous shooting rate of 10 frames per second.
And, like many other semi-pro DSLR cameras in the under $2,000 price category, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is capable of shooting full HD video, in the form of 1080p movies. This video can be recorded in either MOV or MP4 formats. The overall experience represents an upgrade from the 7D, given the improved autofocus capabilities during video capture. You can judge position and distance quickly and easily, resulting in impressive video shots.
So what are the drawbacks? Well, for one, the Canon screen is not touch-sensitive – it’s a fixed screen experience, and that may be a disappointment for people coming from DSLR cameras with a touch-screen. Secondly, the EOS 7D Mark II does not offer built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
However, to compensate for the lack of Wi-Fi connectivity, the EOS 7D Mark II does offer two dual memory card slots (Compact Flash and SD), which make it possible to store backup images on your camera, as well as a USB 3.0 slot. In addition, there’s built-in GPS, which makes it possible to geo-tag your images.
Summing it all up, the pros of the EOS 7D Mark II include 10fps continuous shooting, outstanding ergonomic handling, and unmatched customization ability. The camera represents a significant upgrade from the EOS 7D and compares favorably with its nearest rival, the Nikon D7100.