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The Canon 7D Mark II is a much-needed upgrade to the venerable, 5-year-old EOS 7D. It caters primarily for sports, action and wildlife enthusiast photographers. The 7D Mark II has many features and performance specs from 1D-series models. However, it comes at a more affordable price.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Price

The Canon 7D Mark II looks to continue this heritage with an even more flexible and sturdy 65-pt. AF system, Dual DIGIC 6 processors, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This enthusiast DSLR camera has an improved build quality and more advanced video features. The Canon 7D Mark II is undoubtedly a significant upgrade over the 7D in many ways.

Canon 7D Mark II: Design and Build

Coupled with a new higher-resolution sensor, Canon 7D Mark II has some serious processing horsepower. The original 7D featured dual DIGIC 4 image processors, which was a first for non-1D-series EOS cameras. The new Canon 7D Mark II features dual DIGIC 6 image processors, giving this enthusiasts camera more processing performance than any other EOS camera.

It’s a dual DIGIC 5+ setup! Thanks to the new 20.2-megapixel sensor and the new dual image processors, the default ISO range is now 100-16,000. It is expandable up to 25,600 and 51,200.

Canon 7D Mark II: Performance

Special care has been given to the shutter and mirror mechanisms in the Canon 7D Mark II. The shutter mechanism is now rated up to 200,000 shutter actions.  It is an upgrade from 150K in the Canon 7D. The mirror mechanism was redesigned to more closely resemble the 1D X’s system.

Specifically, Canon 7D Mark II now uses a motor to move the mirror directly. It is not relying on springs like the 7D. That means you can expect reduced vibrations from the mirror on this enthusiast DSLR.

Canon 7D Mark II: Images

With seven AF area modes, including the new Large Zone AF option, the Canon 7D Mark II is capable of action photography. It takes excellent shots for portraiture and wedding photography. The Canon 7D Mark II also features orientation sensitive AF point selection. It lets an enthusiast photographer configure different AF point modes in landscape and portrait orientations.

Canon 7D Mark II: Video

Squarely aimed at a professional video camera, the Canon 7D Mark II includes both a 3.5mm microphone jack and a headphone jack. You can easily monitor audio. There’s also HDMI output and a USB 3.0 connection.

For both HDMI and USB ports, Canon will be including a cable protector or cable locking housing. It will help to prevent accidental strain to the cables and ports. Canon stressed that this is an essential item, especially when using the USB 3.0 connection. Any damage to this port can require expensive repair.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: specifications

Price
Body type
Sensor
Image
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Storage
Connectivity
Physical
Other features
MSRP$1799 (body only), $2149 (w/18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM lens)
Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions4104 x 2736 (M-Raw), 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.4 x 15 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 6 (dual)
ISOAuto, ISO 100-16000 (expandable to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points65
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDNo
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeClear View II TFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesNo
Built-in flashYes
External flashYes (via hot shoe, flash sync port)
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50. 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4
Videography notesChoice of MOV or MP4 and IPB, Light IBP, ALL-I compression
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesCompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Remote controlYes (wired or wireless)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E6N lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)670
Weight (inc. batteries)910 g (2.01 lb / 32.10 oz)
Dimensions149 x 112 x 78 mm (5.87 x 4.41 x 3.07″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSBuilt-in

Canon 7D Mark II: Conclusion

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II may be very old now, but the sports shooting enthusiast still has bags of appeal wedded to the concept of an SLR rather than a compact device camera. With a multi-angle screen, 4K video, and much higher resolution, the newer EOS 90D is more flexible, but while it matches the 10fps frame rate of the older EOS 7D Mark II, it does not equal its solidity or its 65-point AF system.

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