CanonEOS 7D Mark II – Canon’s New King Of APS-C Camera

CanonEOS 7D Mark II - With Grip

Product summary

Key Features

  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and ISO 100–16000 (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200) for reduced noise at high ISOs and high performance Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for outstanding image quality and processing speed.
  • 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.
  • Additional Features

Exclusive first test review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Features

Outstanding Performance
Within the camera’s durable magnesium alloy body resides a newly developed 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, safeguarded by enhanced dust and weather resistance to protect the camera.  Ideal for shooting in challenging lighting conditions ranging from indoor sports to dimly lit weddings, the camera features a standard ISO range of 100–16000 for both still and video (expandable to ISO 51,600). A new 65-point* All Cross-Type AF system with EV -3 sensitivity at the center point helps deliver sharp focus for still photos even in extreme low-light conditions on subjects with limited visible detail. The EOS 7D Mark II camera also features an enhanced version of Canon’s EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF, originally introduced with the EOS-1D X DSLR camera, enabling the camera to recognize subjects based on face and color detection utilizing the new AE system, and can track subjects using all 65 AF points.

The camera’s improved EOS Scene Detection system features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor for enhanced precision. The wide-area 65-point AF array combined with EOS iTR and adjustable high-speed continuous burst shooting up to 10 fps enables the easy tracking and capturing of fast moving subjects virtually anywhere in the frame such as birds in flight or running backs eluding a tackle. A new and innovative AF Area Selection Lever nestled around the multi-controller on the back of the camera makes it easier than ever for photographers to switch between the seven supplied AF Point Selection modes without removing their eye from the viewfinder.

At 10 fps, the camera’s buffer capacity can consecutively capture up to 31 RAW images or 1,090 Large Fine JPEGsi. Built to last, the camera also features a shutter durability rating up to 200,000 cycles, approximately thirty three percent more than the original EOS 7D camera. A newly developed mirror mechanism uses motorized control to help reduce impact and enhance camera performance during high-speed continuous shooting. In addition to adjustable high- and low-speed continuous shooting modes, single-frame shooting and two self-timer settings, the EOS 7D Mark II camera also features silent drive modes for single frame and continuous shooting. The silent settings support discreet camera operation in quiet locations.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and indoor swimming pools. When enabled, this system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous shooting.

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Innovative AF Technology
The EOS 7D Mark II camera features the next generation of Canon’s exclusive Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology, originally introduced with the EOS 70D DSLR camera. New DAF features include user-selectable adjustments for Movie Servo AF Speedii and Movie Servo AF Tracking Sensitivity. Additionally, overall focusing speed, face detection performance, and performance in low light and with low-contrast subjects have been improved over previous Canon models. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs proprietary Canon sensor technology in which effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection focus measurement simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance in both video and Live View still imaging modes.

With Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and customizable Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving subjects over approximately eighty of the image area measured horizontally and vertically. DAF focusing modes include Face Detection with Tracking, FlexiZone Multi with 31 AF zones, and FlexiZone Single that allows users to position a focusing frame on the camera’s LCD screen. Canon’s DAF supports over 100iii models of Canon EF lenses (including many earlier models), providing a wide array of options for photographers to explore.

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Expanding Creativity
The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera provides a wealth of creative controls building on the features and functions of the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X professional digital cameras. The new camera’s AI Servo AF III autofocusing algorithm is similar to that of the EOS-1D X camera in that tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching) can be easily customized for specific shooting situations, using the same type of AF Configuration Menu. This capability makes it easy for EOS 7D Mark II camera users to match AI Servo AF settings when used together with EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III cameras, while also providing a high level of performance at an affordable price point.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera also offers the same level of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Multiple Exposure (ME) functionality that was originally featured in the EOS 5D Mark III camera. The HDR mode includes five HDR shooting functions and allows users to save all source images in addition to the composited HDR image. Similarly, Multiple Exposure mode provides four compositing methods and also allows users to save individual source images.

Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer, also EOS DSLR firsts, to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long- exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more.

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In addition to optional settings for Peripheral Illumination Correction and Chromatic Aberration Correction, found in other current high-end EOS models, the EOS 7D Mark II camera, for the first time, adds Distortion Correction that operates with most EF and EF-S lenses to improve image quality even further while recording video and in-camera JPEGs. The My Menu feature has also been improved with the ability to store more user-selected settings in five additional tabs.

A new and improved Intelligent Viewfinder provides approximately one hundred percent field of view, while adding the ability to superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings data such as dual-mode electronic level display, grid, exposure mode, white balance mode and AF mode. A bright, three-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) on the back of the camera displays information and menus clearly even in bright sunlight. The EOS 7D Mark II camera is compatible with interchangeable focusing screens including the standard Eh-A as well as the optional Eh-S Super Precision Matte for use during manual focusing with large aperture lenses.

A built-in GPSiv Receiver provides a digital compass and can record location information including longitude, latitude, elevation, camera direction and universal coordinated time (UTC) as EXIF data for geotagging both images and movie files in real time. The built-in pop-up flash is convenient for many applications and can also act as an optical controller with compatible off-camera EX-series Speedlites for enhanced pro-quality lighting effects.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera features dual card slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC and CF memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Data transfer speeds from the camera to a personal computer are enhanced with the addition of a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port.

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Stunning Movie Capability
The EOS 7D Mark II camera offers users the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD or 720p HD video up to 60p enabling slow-motion capture at full resolution in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, exceeding the specifications of other current EOS cameras. Users can also choose between .MOV and .MP4 recording formats for maximum flexibility. The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s mini HDMI port can be used to record uncompressed Full HD video to external recorders.

Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, significantly reduce focus motor noise, letting the EOS 7D Mark II camera’s built-in microphone capture clear audio of the scene being shot without picking up unwanted noise from the lens. The EOS 7 D Mark II camera also features a stereo microphone port and outputs stereo audio via the camera’s mini-HDMI port. The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is equipped with a headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, as well as a silent control feature that allows users to adjust audio levels during recordings. Other built-in ports include a PC socket for external flash units and an N3 socket for dedicated Canon wired remote control accessoriesv. A cable protector is provided to maximize safety when using the USB 3.0 and mini-HDMI ports.

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Canon 7D Mark II Specifications

TypeDigital AF/AE single-lens reflex camera with built-in flash
Recording MediaCF Cards (Type I); Compatible with UDMA CD cards; SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards
Image Sensor SizeApprox. 22.4 x 15.0 mm (APS-C size)
Compatible LensesCanon EF lenses including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens MountCanon EF mount
Image Sensor TypeHigh-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
PixelsEffective pixels: Approx. 20.2 megapixels
Total PixelsTotal pixels: Approx. 20.9 megapixels
Aspect Ratio3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter SystemRGB primary color filters
Low-pass FilterFixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Low Pass FilterFixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature(1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
(2) Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
(3) Manual Cleaning
Recording FormatDesign rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.3
Image TypeStill: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW, mRAW, RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Image data: H.264, Audio: AAC)
Size1. Large: Approx. 20.00 Megapixels (5472 x 3648)
2. Medium: Approx. 8.90 Megapixels (3648 x 2432)
3. S1 (Small 1): Approx. 5.00 Megapixels (2736 x 1824)
4. S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)
5. S3 (Small 3): Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
6. RAW: Approx. 20.00 Megapixels (5472 x 3648)
7. M-RAW: Approx. 11.20 Megapixels (4104 x 2736)
8. S-RAW: Approx. 5.00 Megapixels (2736 x 1824)
Recording FunctionsStandard, Auto Switch Crad, Record Separetly, Record Multiple
Backup RecordingEnabled with WFT-E5A attached
File NumberingConsecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Image CopySelect individual images to copy
Select folder(s) to copy
Select all the images to copy
Color SpaceSelectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
White Balance1. Auto (AWB) 2. Daylight 3. Shade 4. Cloudy, Twilight, Sunset 5. Tungsten Light 6. White Fluorescent Light 7. Flash 8. Custom (Custom WB) 9. Color temperature
Auto White BalanceAuto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature CompensationBlue/amber bias: ±9 levels
Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels
Corrected in reference to the current WB mode’s color temperature.
Color Temperature Info TransmissionProvided
Viewfinder TypeEye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder CoverageVertical/Horizontal approx. 100%
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 1.0x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Viewfinder EyepointApprox. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing ScreenEh-A Standard Focusing Screen
Eh-S Super Precision Matte
Viewfinder MirrorQuick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information1. AF Point Information
2. Spot Metering Circle
3. Electronic Level
4. Grid
5. Shooting Mode
6. White Balance
7. Drive Mode
8. Focusing Modes
9. Metering Modes
10. JPEG/RAW
11. Flicker Detection
12. AF Status Indicator
13. Warning Symbol
Depth-of-Field PreviewEnabled with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus TypeTTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points65-point all cross-type AF
* The number of AF points and cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens used.
* The center AF point is a dual cross-type AF point at f/2.8.
Metering RangeEV -0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing ModesAuto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection1. Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
2. Single-point AF (Manual selection)
3. AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: Up, down, left, and right)
4. AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)
5. Zone AF (Manual zone selection) *All AF points
6. Large Zone AF (Manual zone selection) *All AF points divided into three focusing zones.
7. Auto Selection 65-point AF
Selected AF Point DisplayIndicated by transmissive LCD display in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel
AF-assist BeamEnable
Disable
Enable external flash only
IR AF assist beam only
Metering ModesApprox. 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor EOS iSA System with 252-zone metering
1. Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
2. Partial metering (center, approx. 6% of viewfinder)
3. Spot metering (center, approx. 1.8% of viewfinder)
*AF point-linked spot metering not provided.
4. Center-weighted average metering
*The selectable metering modes can be restricted with a Custom Function.
Metering RangeEV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure ControlScene Intelligent Auto
Program AE (shiftable)
Shutter-priority AE (Safety shift possible)
Aperture-priority AE (Safety shift possible)
Manual exposure
Bulb
Custom shooting
ISO Speed RangeManual Settings: Normal ISO Speeds = 100 – 1600
Expanded ISO Speeds ISO 25600, ISO 51200
Auto Setting: A+-ISO 100-6400
P/Tv/Av/M ISO 100-16000
B ISO 400 fixed
1 With flash ISO 400 fixed
Exposure CompensationManual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or ½-stop increments
AE LockAuto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter TypeVertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds1/8000 to 1/30 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec.
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter ReleaseSoft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Flash MeteringE-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE LockProvided
Drive ModesSingle, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous shooting, Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting, 10-sec self-timer/remote control, 2-sec. self-timer/remote control
Continuous Shooting SpeedHigh-speed: Maximum approx. 10.0 fps (Maximum approx. 9.5 fps with EOS iTR AF)
*At 1/1000 sec. or faster shutter speed, and at the maximum aperture
(varies depending on the lens)
Low-speed: Approx. 3 fps (default setting)
Silent continuous shooting: Maximum approx. 4.0 fps
Focusing1) Autofocus
a. One-Shot AF
b. Predictive AI Servo AF (AI Servo AF III)
c. AI Focus AF
*Switches between One-Shot AF and AI SERVO AF automatically
(2) Manual focus
Metering ModesEvaluative metering with the image sensor (still photos)
Center-weighted average metering (video)
Metering RangeEV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
LCD Monitor TypeTFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size3.0″
Monitor DotsApprox. 1.04 million dots
Monitor CoverageApprox. 100% (viewing angle: approx. 170°)
Brightness AdjustmentAuto, 7 levels provided
Interface Languages25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian,Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Image Playback Display FormatSingle image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image(auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder)
Highlight WarningProvided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image ProtectSingle images can be erase-protected or not
Image EraseSingle image, check-marked images or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images)
Compatible PrintersPictBridge-compatible printers
Printable ImagesJPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW/sRAW images captured with the EOS 5D Mark II
Easy Print featureProvided
DPOFVersion 1.1 compatible
Compatible ImagesJPEG and RAW images
Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Custom Functions18 Custom Functions settable with the camera
Camera User SettingsCurrent camera settings can be registered to C1, C2, and C3 on the Mode Dial (Automatic registration update is possible)
My Menu RegistrationProvided
USB TerminalSuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0): for computer communication and direct printing
Video Out Terminal(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) HDMI mini OUT terminal
Extension System TerminalFor connecting WFT-E7 (Ver. 2) (Interface Cable IFC-40AB II and IFC-150AB II provided)
Battery1 Battery Pack LP-E6N (or LP-E6)
With AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, AC power is possible,
With K359, two battery packs (LP-E6N or LP-E6) can be used. Or six AA-/LR6 batteries can be used
Battery CheckAuto
Power SavingPower turns off after the set time (1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.) of non-operation elapses
Date/Time BatteryOne CR1616 lithium-ion battery
Start-up TimeApprox. 0.1 sec.
Working Temperature Range32-104°F/0-40°C
Working Humidity Range85% or less
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 5.85 (W) x 4.43 (H) x 3.08 (D) in.
Approx. 148.6 (W) x 112.4 (H) x 78.2 (D) mm
WeightApprox. 28.9 oz./820g (body only)
WarrantyCanon 1 year limited warranty

 

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