Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Preview

We have a hands-on look at the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II at Photokina 2014.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Front (1)

We had a look at the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II at Photokina 2014. The EOS 7D Mark II features Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and rapid burst shooting of up to 10 frames per second. It also features Canon's first 65 point all cross-type autofocus system for fast accurate focus, and the camera certainly felt rapid in use. The camera is dust and weather resistant, and has an ISO range of ISO100 - ISO16000 (native), which extends to ISO51200 (Hi2). Focus works from -3EV to 18EV. The EOS 7D Mark II is set to be available in November 2014 for an estimated retail price of £1599.99 for the body only. 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II With Lens (1)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with 18-135mm lens.

The camera features a USB 3.0 socket for quicker transfer of images from the camera to your computer. The camera has a battery life of 670 shots, which can be extended with the optional battery grip, and the camera will display the remaining battery life as a percentage. There is a new flicker detection feature that can be activated, and will reduce the effects of lights flickering when shooting continuously. 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Features

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (dual pixel)
  • 3inch screen, 1040k dots
  • 10fps continuous shooting (31 raw, continuous JPEG)
  • 65 cross-type AF points
  • Full HD video, 1080p 60fps
  • Dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor 
  • ISO100 to ISO16000, extends to ISO51200 for stills, ISO25600 for video
  • Uncompressed HDMI out with sound
  • SD and CF memory card slots
  • Microphone and headphone sockets
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Weather sealed body
  • GPS built in

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On Photos of Equipment

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Chaitanya 12 14 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2014 5:54PM
is there a touch sensitive control pad between the set button and quick control dial like the one on 5D mk3? if so it certainly would be useful while shooting videos.
ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2014 6:03PM
This will no doubt be the ultimate wild/ sport camera out there right now then?
A bit worrying for the 1dx, have Canon shot themselves in the foot with this new 7D will the amazing 1DX be worth buying now?
Saying all that though the 1DX is full frame and the end resulting images are stunning with very little processing needing doing to the images.
Canonshots 11 206 13 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2014 7:18AM
The price looks quite competitive with the existing 7D when the likely discounts are taken into account. I am already wondering whether to upgrade.
lawbert 15 1.8k 15 England
22 Sep 2014 10:01PM
This is a very very poor preview....

The image of the titled 24-105mm lens showing a picture of an 18-135mm says it all.

Lets just hope the Eizo monitor was having a bad day with its dustcover on and the previewer reviewer forgot thier binsBlushTongueWink
joshwa Plus
11 927 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2014 8:45AM
This has been corrected and a full review will be published when we have a production camera available for review, thanks Josh
Just Jas Plus
20 26.4k 1 England
25 Sep 2014 9:06AM
Oh by Gosh-u-wa! Grin
25 Sep 2014 9:06AM
It would cost a thousand pounds to upgrade to the new model and my existing 7D is brilliant! I am not a screen pixel peeper, I print up to A3 and am well satisfied with what I see. I believe that photography is about prints, not dissecting on screen blow ups.
25 Sep 2014 11:49AM
One of the issues with the original 7D (which I owned for approx 1yr) was the relatively poor noise performance. This new model apparently has a new sensor, and a native 16,000 ISO. If the camera can really work at such level of ISO without significant noise, then it will certainly be of interest to me!
25 Sep 2014 12:48PM
Just a year ago I upgraded my Canon 40D to a 70D. I considered the 7D, but considered it too long in the tooth, and that the 70D had more to offer. One wonders how the new 7D Mk II will compare with the 70D. I cannot afford to upgrade anyway. and the 70D produces some wonderful results. With small advantages between models, I am convinced that it is the lenses which should take priority. (I have recently added the 100mm 2.8 L. IS USM Macro lens to my collection, what a superb lens that is).
xco 13 25 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2014 11:23PM
Sad Mmmmm No Wifi?

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