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Looks Like The 7D Replacement Will Be The 7D Mark II After All, Image/Specs Leak

By Anthony Thurston on September 11th 2014

Well, after all of that noise about how the 7D replacement may not carry on the 7D name, it appears that the new camera will be called the 7D Mark II after all. The image that you see below is a supposed leaked image of the soon-to-be announced 7D Mark II.


In addition to the image that you see above, the camera’s specs leaked as well. What caught my attention right off the bat: the new 65point all-cross type AF system. The 5D Mark III only has 61 AF points, so it is notable that the 7D Mark II will have more and that they are all cross-type. 10 FPS continuous shooting is awesome too, better than the latest rumored Nikon D750 is capable of.

[UPDATE: Canon Lenses Leaks Ahead Of Photokina As Well]

Canon 7D Mark II Leaked Specs

  • Rugged magnesium alloy body
  • Dust proof
  • 20.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • Dual-pixel CMOS AF
  • New 65-point AF, all points cross-type
  • Continuous shooting: 10 frames per second
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Max ISO: 16,000.
  • RGB+IR new 150,000-pixel metering sensor
  • Video full HD 60 p
  • Built-in GPS
  • Interval timer
  • Valve timer

Overall, it looks pretty solid and should excite those looking to upgrade their 7D. That said, if the specs hold up and are what is actually announced here over the next week or whenever it becomes official, some things are disappointing. Only 60p vVideo for one, as well as 16,000 ISO max – that seems really low (maybe a typo in translation, maybe 160,000), as well as no Wi-Fi.

It will be interesting to see what else Canon is hiding up their sleeves regarding this camera. If rumors hold up, we should be finding out any time over the next several days, so stay tuned for the official announcement.


What are your thoughts on the 7D Mark II? Does it live up to the incredible hype? Leave a comment below!

[via Photo Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Velardo

    I am in the process of upgrading from my Canon T3i I’ve had for about, who knows? Too long I guess. I bought it to learn about DSLR cameras, and photography. I am on the fence whether to buy the new 7D Mk II, or the 70D. I like the video features on the 70D, and the articulating touchscreen as well as the specs on that camera. I am a writer who also uses some photos that I take for the articles, and am also going to start adding my own videos to them as well. I am into wildlife, and landscape photography as well. However, I need some better glass than what I have, and am saving for some “L” series, or even other brands that have good lenses for cheaper prices. This article has me still sitting on the fence on what to purchase. The price is going to be a big factor, and that will probably lead me to the 70D. With some top-notch glass I believe the 70D will work for me at this point until my skill level increases more, and then I will move up to a full-frame camera eventually with the 70D as a secondary.

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  2. Herm Tjioe

    Need a bit more for it to be impressive enough to update to the Mark II. Low light clean enough to 12,000 would be very impressive.

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  3. Mark Iuzzolino

    Still wish they came out with a full frame. I’ll have to get the 5dmkIII

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  4. Cristiano Nantes

    Not interested…

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  5. Jeff Morrison

    Thanks for the update and boy are the comments are all over the board. Its nice to see

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  6. Rafael Steffen

    This is a great update! Looking forward to see the reviews and image quality.

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  7. Derek Schwartz

    I loves me my 7D, and for what I shoot, noise is about the only complaint I have. So, price depending, these specs are pretty good looking…even though a don’t hear any big women singing. I’ll probably wait for initial tests (*hint*) to even consider dropping some coin on mk2…

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  8. Gene Gregory

    65 all Cross type + 10fps is enough for me for action. question is will the new Dual digic 6 can produce clean images up to 16000 ISO. probably the 16,000 MAX is the borderline for this camera then it will come with Hi 1, Hi 2 and Hi 3 to get 25600 ISO. still waiting for the official announcement.

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  9. adam sanford

    One more thing. This state of the art ‘reach’ sports/wildlife rig — replete with a ton of AF points, DPAF, crosstypey goodness, etc. — **is being kitted with an STM lens that focuses on the level of speed of a 1980s camcorder**.

    Bad Canon. Stop that. No dessert for you.

    Canon drives me nuts with things like this. USM is the *only* option for a rig like this. A rig this nice might even warrant a first-ever L series EF-S lens. I think a 17-55 F/2.8L IS USM (refreshed with L goodness and weather-sealing) would be a great kit option.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Clearly you haven’t tried the STM lenses. They’re snappy and oh-so-silent! I’m actually kinda jealous of the STM technology, it seems to be highly promising for those who are interested in lightweight options that don’t compromise on accuracy…

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  10. adam sanford

    So the CR Forums are abuzz with discussion. Lots of petty things they wanted to see but are not listed, lots of thumbs up to the basic horsepower improvements to burst and the AF system.

    So I started a poll on how everyone’s feeling about the specs here:
    (copy and paste if the link doesn’t push)

    My read is that this exactly what Canon would push out. Incremental, on-target improvements. But it’s been *five years* in this top of APS-C segment — the mob will categorically turn on any news that this is the same sensor as the 70D or have similar low light performance. It must be better or folks will start looking around for alternatives for sub-$5k birding, sports and wildlife setups.

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  11. Matthew Saville

    LOL, an interval timer? Party like it’s 2005, Canon! (When the Nikon D200 offered an intervalometer, a feature almost every Nikon camera has had since then. ;-)

    But seriously, I’m very excited to read the official release regarding this camera’s AF system and allegedly “new” sensor. Hopefully this is a big turning point for Canon!


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    • Dave Lyons

      isnt it just the 70D sensor LMFAO!!!! Canon is like obama… completely naive to their sensor situation.

      65 point af… great.. personally i usually use 1 or knock it down to 9 because with so many to choose that its faster to just focus manually than scroll thru a zillion selections.

      10 fps is nice but it should right faster since canons IQ is so bad that the files have less data in them to write which should mean faster speeds… just unfortunately the trade off is crap for IQ. Now while most ppl will brush this off as acceptable I don’t because in a few years we’ll have much better editing tools and its like even right now when I go back and edit an old file and just wished I had the same IQ back then as now and while of course that’s unrealistic when you think about canons IQ is 20-30% less than everyone else that becomes a pretty big deal. The 10fps also depends on accuracy… the one guy on here who did the d810 vs 5dm3 showed that will the 5dm3 shot faster he only got about 62% usable shots while the d810 got about 84% but of course we don’t know how this will play out yet.

      Until they get some DR & IQ it’s not on my list…

      Good thing it’s “dust proof” because its in everyones elses dust

      If i want a fast camera for birding I’d get the nikon mirrorless and get those 60 fps

      looks like this is just a 70d in a better body… kinda feel bad for the canon folks right now

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  12. Pye

    This looks pretty fantastic. Hope it lives up to the specs on paper.

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  13. Eduards Ozerinskis

    So this means that it will have 60FPS at FULL HD? That’s awesome!

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  14. Ryan Orcullo

    Wow the specs are really amazing especially the focus points and the fact that Canon can really handle high ISOs with less noise and good image details. Thanks for the update :)

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  15. Hannes Nitzsche

    Holy shitballs these are some tempting specs! Thanks for the update, Anthony! This sounds like a “stepped down” 6D with a new image processor and sensor and a way better AF system… Could be very interesting!

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  16. Kevin Cucci

    Anthony your right on top of these announcements. Thanks for keeping us up to date! I’m excited for this camera. Honestly, super high iso’s are only for marketing purposes anyways. Yea the a7s shoots 400 million.thousand ISO or whatever but no one is going to deliver an image at that level. If this camera is clean at 16k, that’s enough for me.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Thanks Kevin! I also agree, if its clean up to 16K who cares. Honestly, this isn’t the APS-C 1DX everyone was hoping for based on the rumors, but did anyone really expect that Canon would do that? haha I think the specs above are a nice upgrade for current 7D owners.

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    • adam sanford

      I don’t need to be brave to say that this camera will not be clean at 16000 ISO. Not single *FF* rig of Canon’s can claim that.

      Understand that Canon allows comically high ISOs for when you come across Bigfoot in total darkness. But my 5D3 — as great as it is — is largely clean at 3200 and highly useable at 6400. After that, you are heavily trading sharpness for noise reduction and you end up with a decent shot downsized for your cell phone. It’s photography, and it’s a neat trick, but it isn’t clean.

      So most Canon guys disregard allowable ISO levels on spec lists and really just look at the test shots, usually ending up with a “1 or 2 stops better than this camera’s predecessor” sort of verdict. Diehard 7D users are hoping for two stops of improvement, not the 4-ish stops this spec list might indicate. It’s up to you (and the enthusiasm is awesome!), but I’d recommend keeping your feet on the ground here with respect to low light performance.

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    • adam sanford

      Anthony, I’d say ‘solid upgrade to the 7D in most areas’ more than I’d say ‘Crop 1DX’. The burst and AF are awesome upgrades, but the sensor and lack of top-top-end features (apocalypse-proof build, spot metering at any AF point, for instance) simply won’t be there. Canon just won’t release a $1,800 camera that let’s someone buy 200mm shorter superteles and take the same shots.

      So I see it more as a ‘crop 5D3’ with higher burst and slightly worse low light. But that’s not a bad thing. It will sell really well.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I would agree with that Adam. Definitely a solid 7D upgrade, just not the crop 1DX that many of the rumors led us to believe it would be. Not that it surprises me that is the case. I can’t wait to get my hands on one to see if I am getting myself an X-T1 or one of these…

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