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My Canon 7D Mk II Wishlist, What’s On Yours?

By Anthony Thurston on June 7th 2014

There are reports of the 7D hitting “End of Life” status and possible announcements in August or September. So this got me thinking about what I would want from a flagship APS-C camera, and so I put together a quick wishlist.


My Canon 7D Replacement Wishlist

  • 20MP Sensor (Anything bigger is silly for an APS-C)
  • Dual Pixel AF Technology
  • Flip Out Touch Screen
  • Clean HDMI Out
  • *Quality* Mic and Headphone jacks
  • 8fps continuous burst, expandable to 10 w/ batterypack
  • 4K Video Recording
  • Dual SD Card Slots (Come on Canon, Everyone else is doing it!)
  • Rugged body with flagship weather sealing

Most of my wishes come from my desire to have a camera that is both an awesome sports camera as well as a great video camera. My hope was that a camera like this would run between $1500 and $1900. I think that is about as high as an APS-C camera can go these days with how cheap full frame options are now. Before you jump on me saying this will never happen because it will compete or be better than the Canon 6D which is about the same price, yep and that is the point.

[REWIND: Canon 7D, D800s may be announced sooner than expected]

This would be a flagship camera, and likely the most expensive APS-C on the market. The 6D on the other hand is a low end full frame (still a great camera in many respects), why the hell should we hold a FLAGSHIP APS-C below a low end full frame? Yes, a full frame sensor has advantages, but that hardly means that it is automatically better than an APS-C camera. If it had an up-to-date sensor, I would still take the Canon 7D over the 6D – the only problem being the 7D is old enough that its ISO performance on the high end is still dreadful.

In the end, this wishlist is entirely selfish of me, but hey, it’s MY wishlist. :)


What is on your 7D replacement wishlist? What features do you agree with me on, what features would you add? Leave a comment below!

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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. John Sadler

    -4K video at 24 fps
    -UHD video at 24 fps
    -1080p video at 100 fps, 60 fps, 30 fps, and 24 fps
    -better moire/ aliasing video filter
    -touch screen w/ flip out
    -better processor
    -at least 8 fps continuous
    – same if not better AF system as 5D
    <$1700 body only

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  2. Tyler Friesen

    long time coming this one.

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  3. David Weibel

    “why the hell should we hold a FLAGSHIP APS-C below a low end full frame?”
    THANK YOU for someone finally pointing that out. Partly why I am waiting for a Nikon 9300 or equivalent instead of getting a D600 right now. Sure it’s full frame, but it’s still just an entry level camera.

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  4. Robert Bozic

    Bigger dynamic range please!!!

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  5. Simon King

    For me all I would like for a 7D MKII, in terms of improvements is:

    1. ISO Abilities of 5DMKIII;
    2. Dual Cards (Don’t mind if they are both SD, CF or one SD/CF like the 5D);
    3. Focus Abilities as is or as 5DMKIII;
    4. 20MP;
    5. 8/9FPS (even if with grip);
    6. Builtin WIFI;

    I don’t want Flip screen or 4K video and happy to lose the builtin flash!

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  6. Joshua Flowers

    Either Raw or highspeed frame rates would be a compelling enough reason for me to buy. Hoping it doesn’t have SD as I’m in pretty deep with CFs at this point.

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  7. Sada

    But you miss the point , I think the first one is a 1D series like and VERY important thing is spot metering on custom AF point , i have a 7D body but sometimes I use a 1D MKIV its an old one too but the spot metering on any AF point its very very useful and i miss this one really when I use my 7D.

    And I think CF cards always will be more reliable than silly SD cards. Use SD cards for backup or anything but i think dual sd without cf is not a nice thing.

    And 1 more thing , friend of mine is working in a canon service and a common problem with the 7D bodies that screws fallout inside the body , i know 9 piece of 7D body and every one of them has this very troublesome screw thing…. if the screw get in the wrong place inside the body it will shortcircuit easily anything.

    Flipout+weather sealed i dont know any body that has this 2 in the same time , but i love too flipout on my 60D.

    4k video , more likely 120fps in 720p its more usefull ,I think 4k displays need at least 5years to get in common use. .

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    • Nick V

      I agree, keep the CF Cards. There’s no need to reduce this camera to a consumer camera.

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    • Axel Brunst

      Yes, 120 fps would be nice.
      Canon should just take the GH4 features and put it in the 7D. Than this could become the best video SLR on the market!

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  8. Rob Bannister

    We really need to make a strong codec for video top if the video feature list.

    Or at least very fast write speeds to the card so ML can unlock raw video. Either is fine

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  9. Leon Tong

    I feel that if the 7D had maybe (unrealistically speaking) dual digic +5 processors. I would not mind shoveling out $1900 for that.

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