Canon 7D Mark II announced

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Canon has announced its latest APS-C DSLR – Canon EOS 7D Mark II.  The original Canon 7D is a 5 years old DSLR that its technology was once cutting edge but now has been superseded. Five years is a long wait for an update in the world of DSLRs. Technology advances and there is no doubt the new 7D Mark II will be better, faster and stronger. Built for speed with a high speed continuous shooting up to 10fps, the 7D Mark II equips with a 20MP APS-C sensor, dual DIGIC 6 processor, 65 points cross type AF and HD 1080@60p with dual Pixel CMOS AF and on-sensor phase detection makes it a superb DSLR for still and video. Its buffer is capable of taking 31 RAWs to ensure there is no slow down when shooting fast actions. It also uses the same 150k pixel RGB metering sensor from the flagship 1D-X with the Intelligent Tracking and Recognition technology to ensure the subject is focus tracked. The ISO range has gained a stop over the 7D, so expect the ISO performance will be about a stop better. The new built it GPS is a nice touch for travel and landscape photographers.

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Primary Features

  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and ISO 100-16000
  • High speed continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps allows you to capture fast action
  • 65-point* all cross-type AF system for high-performance, accurate subject tracking with EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for focusing in extreme low-light conditions
  • Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables you to shoot video like a camcorder with smooth, fast, and accurate autofocus and lets you enjoy instant and precise autofocus even when shooting stills
  • Stunning Full HD video with custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, multiple frame rates including Full HD recording at 60p in MOV and MP4 formats and uncompressed HDMI out
  • Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field of view for shooting ease
  • Improved custom controls and built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for expanded creativity
  • Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance
  • EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for improved precision
  • Built-in GPS* Receiver provides a digital compass, records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) for bright and clear viewing
  • Approx. 148.6 (W) x 112.4 (H) x 78.2 (D) mm
  • Body Only:  Approx. 820 g

Detailed Specifications

Image Sensor

Type

22.4 x 15.0 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 20.2 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 20.9 megapixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating

Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor

Type

Dual “DIGIC 6”

Lens

Lens Mount

EF/EF-S

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens

Focusing

Type

TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor

AF System/ Points

65 cross-type AF points (Centre point is an extra sensitive dual-cross-type point at f/2.8, cross-type at f/8 and sensitive to -3EV) (11)

AF working range

EV -3 – 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)

AF Modes

AI FocusOne ShotAI Servo

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection: 65 point AF Manual selection: Single point AF (65 cross type only, 21 or 9 points selectable) Manual selection: Spot AF Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right) Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points Manual selection: Zone AF Manual selection: Large Zone AF AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting

Selected AF point display

Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen

Predictive AF (7)

Yes, up to 8m

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.

AF Assist Beam

Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite

Manual Focus

Selected on lens

AF Microadjustment

AF Menu+/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for Zooms)Adjust all lenses by same amountAdjust up to 40 lenses individuallyAdjustments remembered for lens by serial number

Exposure Control

Metering modes

TTL full aperture metering with 252 zone Dual Layer SPC(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)(2) Partial metering (approx. 9.4% of viewfinder at centre)(3) Spot metering (approx. 2.3% viewfinder at centre)(4) Centre weighted average metering

Metering Range

EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)

AE Lock

Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved. Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation

+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).

AEB

2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

ISO Sensitivity (8)

Auto (100-16000), 100-16000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)ISO can be expanded to H1: 25600, H2: 51200During Movie shooting: Auto (100-16000), 100-16000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 25600

Shutter

Type

Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter

Speed

30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

White Balance

Type

Auto white balance with the imaging sensor

Settings

AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, WhiteFluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.White balance compensation:1. Blue/Amber +/-92. Magenta/ Green +/-9.

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single level increments3 bracketed images per shutter release.Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

Viewfinder

Type

Pentaprism

Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%

Magnification

Approx. 1.0x(4)

Eyepoint

Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens centre)

Dioptre Correction

-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

Focusing Screen

Interchangeable (3 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Eh-A Super Precision Matte Eh-S II

Mirror

Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)

Viewfinder Information

AF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registrationExposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting modeFlash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).Composition information: Grid, Electronic levelOther information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG/RAW indicator

Depth of field preview

Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.

Eyepiece shutter

On strap

LCD Monitor

Type

7.7cm (3.0″) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx 170°

Coating

Anti-reflection and Solid Structure

Brightness Adjustment

Auto: Using extenal ambient light sensorManual: Adjustable to one of seven levels

Display Options

(1) Quick Control Screen(2) Camera settings(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level

Flash

Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters)

11

Built-in Flash Coverage

up to 15mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 24mm)

Built-in Flash recycle time

Approx. 3 seconds

Modes

E-TTL II, Manual flash, Multi flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes

X-sync

1/250sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ Yes

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

via camera menu screen

Shooting

Modes

Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb, Custom (x3)

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Highlight Tone PriorityAuto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)Long exposure noise reductionHigh ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)Multi Shot Noise ReductionAuto Correction of Lens Peripheral illuminationChromatic aberration correctionDistortion correctionResize to M, S1, S2 or S3RAW image processing – during image Playback onlyMultiple exposureHDR images 5 presets

Drive modes

Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continous shooting

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 10fps. (speed maintained for up to an infinite number of JPEGs or 31 RAW images (1) (2) (10) with UDMA7 card.

Intervalometer

Built-in, number of shots selectable from 1-99 or unlimited. Bulb timer possible

Live View Mode

Type

Electronic viewfinder with image sensor

Coverage

Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

29.97 fps

Focusing

Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen) Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single), Custom Movie Servo AF

Metering

Real-time evaluative metering with image sensorActive metering time can be changed

Display Options

Grid overlay (x2), Histogram

File Type

Still Image Type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG, M-RAW + JPEG, S-RAW + JPEG possible.

Image Size

JPEG 3:2: (L) 5472×3648, (M) 3648×2432, (S1) 2736×1824, (S2) 1920×1280, (S3) 720x480JPEG 4:3: (L) 4864×3648, (M) 3248×2432, (S1) 2432×1824, (S2) 1696×1280, (S3) 640x480JPEG 16:9: (L) 5472×3072, (M) 3648×2048, (S1) 2736×1536, (S2) 1920×1080, (S3) 720x408JPEG 1:1: (L) 3648×3648, (M) 2432×2432, (S1) 1824×1824, (S2) 1280×1280, (S3) 480x480RAW: (RAW) 5472×3648, (M-RAW) 4104×2736, (S-RAW) 2736×1824

Movie Type

MOV (Video: H.264 or MP4: Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM with H.264, AAC with MP4, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)

Movie Size

1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50 fps) inter-frame1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame1280 x 720 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) lite inter-frame640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) inter-frame or inter-frame lite

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec

Folders

New folders can be manually created and selected

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering(2) Auto reset(3) Manual reset

Other Features

Custom Functions

18 Custom Functions

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (can be set in camera)Image rating (0-5 stars), GPS information: Latitude, Longitude, Elevation, Direction, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), satellite signal condition

LCD Panel / Illumination

Yes / Yes

Water/ Dust resistance

Yes (equal to EOS-1N)

Sound Memo

No

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Playback zoom

1.5x – 10x

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (2 levels)(2) Single image(3) 4 image index(4) 9 image index(5) Magnified view(6) Movie edit

Slide Show

Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating, Protect imagesPlayback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 secondsRepeat: On/Off

Histogram

Brightness: YesRGB: Yes

Highlight Alert

Yes

Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected imagesProtection: Erase protection of one image at a time

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu (x6)(2) AF Menu (x5)(3) Playback menu (x3)(4) Setup menu (x4)(5) Custom Functions menu (x5)(6) My Menu

Menu Languages

25 Languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user.

Interface

Computer

SuperSpeed USB 3

Other

HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible, output of uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit for video streaming is possible, sound output via HDMI is also possible)Extension system terminal (for WFT-E6/ GP-E1)External microphone (Stereo mini jack),Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack)

Direct Print

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge

PictBridge

Yes

Storage

Type

CompactFlash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card. High-speed writing with UHS-I type SD cards is supported

Supported Operating System

Windows 8.1 / 7 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3OS X v10.8-10.9

Software

Browsing & Printing

ImageBrowser EX

Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional

Other

PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor* Requires optional accessory

Power Source

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 670 shots (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) (5)Approx. 640 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator

6 levels + percentage

Power saving

Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6

Physical Specifications

Body Materials

Magnesium Alloy body covers

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

148.6 x 112.4 x 78.2mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 910 g

Accessories

Viewfinder

Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eb, Focusing Screens Eh (Eh-A Standard Focusing Screen, Eh-S Super Precision Matte), Angle Finder C

Case

Leather Case EH20-L

Wireless File Transmitter

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5 version 2Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5 requires a firmware update and Interface Cable IFC-40AB II or IFC-150AB IICompatible with Eye-Fi cards

Lenses

All EF and EF-S lenses

Flash

Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Battery Grip

BG-E16

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6

Other

Hand Strap E2

Footnotes

EOS 7D Mark II

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.Subject to change without notice[1] Large/Fine(Quality 8) resolution[2] Based on Canon’s testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings, light level, subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.[4] with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt[5] Based on the CIPA Standard and using the battery supplied with the camera, except where indicated[7] with EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM at 50kph[8] Recommended Exposure Index[10] Figures quoted are when used with UDMA7 class cards and with iTR AF feature disabled. When iTR AF is enabled, continuous shooting has a maximum rate of approx. 9.5fps[11] The number of cross-type AF points depends on the lens used

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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