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Canon Officially Announces Long Awaited 7D Mark II; Features 10fps Burst, New 65point AF system

By Anthony Thurston on September 15th 2014

Though at times we wondered if it would ever happen, today, it is a reality. Canon has officially announced the follow up to their wildly popular 7D, with the 7D Mark II. A  camera that looks to be very much an upgrade from the original 7D, though maybe not as much of one as the rumors originally led us to believe.

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Highlighted in the 7D Mark II is a 20.2mp APS-C sensor, powered along by dual DIGIC 6 image processors which allows the 7D Mark II to knock out an impressive 10fps in burst mode. Now, 10fps would be useless without an quality AF system to keep a subject in focus, and the 7D Mark II delivers on that front as well with a new 65 point all cross-type AF system, as well as Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel AF. Full specs and details below…

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Canon 7D Mark II Specs

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 65-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Native ISO 16000, Extended to ISO 51200
  • Continuous 10 fps Shooting
  • Magnesium Alloy Body Construction
  • Built-In GPS Receiver & Digital Compass

I actually like that Canon did not change the design/layout of the 7D Mark II from the original 7D very much. It is different, but not vastly different, subtle changes here and there, and that is good. It means that if a 7D owner upgrades, they would be able to use the 7D Mark II without much, if any, issue.

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Now for the issue I am sure that you are all most interested in, the pricing. Unfortunately, Canon was pretty predictable there, releasing the 7D Mark II body only for $1799, and in a kit for $2149. That does not place the 7D in a good position to compete with other crop sensor cameras like the X-T1 or GH4 which also offer great features, but are less expensive. It has yet to be seen if Samsung’s NX1 will live up to its specs in the real world, but on paper that camera is amazing, yet it costs $300 less than the 7D Mark II.

If you are in the mood to pre-order, you can get on the list for the 7D Mark II body here, or the kit here from B&H.

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. MARTIN MIANO

    woooow am really impressed by this bad boy ..

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  2. Ji Hoon Heo

    I wonder if the new 6D firmware will be able to support intervalometer….that would be amazing!

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  3. mugur ic

    Many people interested about this product. I think will be very popular and highly requisite

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  4. Herm Tjioe

    Impressive. Shooting at 1080p in lowlight, not bad

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4s-QvnxpE0

    But the 4K train has arrived at the train station, I’m afraid.

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  5. Jeff Morrison

    thanks for the info

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  6. Braden Storrs

    Good for photographers, but not great news for the video shooters, though 1080P 60 FPS is nice to see finally from Canon. This camera will appeal to the action shooters out there. Great AF and FPS burst. Judging by this we ONLY have to wait three more years now for a 6D Mark II…. Let’s hope they take some of that AF goodness for the 7D Mark II and migrate it.

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    • Braden Storrs

      Watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4s-QvnxpE0 It is sad that Canon hasn’t been able to clean up their DSLR image quality since the 5D Mark II came out. Still mussy H.264. Nice autofocus though.

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    • Kayode Olorunfemi

      60/50 FPS is way over due, especially as I own a 5D mk3 and cheaper cams can do 120FPS. The reality is I may not use most of the features the GH4 or Sony A7 have but one can’t but feel cheated sometimes when Canon drip feeds these features that are already in other cameras… am talking purely from a video shooters point of view. But hey, I love the way Canon images look on video not to mention the wizardry of Magic Lantern so I don’t see myself changing anytime soon.

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  7. Christopher Snyder

    After all this time waiting for Nikon to finally replace the D300s, Canon has done it!

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  8. Eric Mazzone

    SD or CF?

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  9. Austin Swenson

    I like that it has so many dedicated buttons probably most of all, and these new specs are pretty impressive; however, if I were to criticize just one thing about this camera body, it’s that it has zero articulation at all on the screen. Pretty much all DSLR bodies are doing an articulated screen nowadays, and I would have a hard time going back.

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    • Rui Pinto

      Agreed! The articulated screen is huge bonus to do video

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    • Derek Schwartz

      Well yes it would be nice…but given the “pound a nail in the wall” ethos of 7D models, I would bet the articulating screen was seen as too vulnerable.

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  10. Kent Gresham

    Wow, a built-in intervalometer. That just makes sense. I hope everything starts going this way. It would be one less thing to carry in my camera bag. It’s all ready bursting at the seams.

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  11. Kevin Cucci

    Obviously I am a fan of the “full frame look” and it has it’s benefits. I shoot with a 5d3 and 6d. This camera excites me though. I am slowly making my way into shooting sports and other events other then weddings and portrait sessions and my 6d is lacking in that area. Yea I could shoot it all with the 5d3 but the extra reach and auto focus system could be an amazing advantage. I mean 10 fps and 65 cross type…. Come on. I am buying one no matter what for sports and video but I honestly am seriously thinking about selling the 6d and just getting two of these. Dual cards slots is a major thing to me as well and it matches my 5d3 nicely with the cf and sd combo. And the video capabilities – I guess I won’t be making the jump to mirrorless any time soon.

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  12. Richard Matulac

    I find the difference In commentary between here and Facebook (not just slr lounge but every other page announcement about this camera) quite striking. I think the specs on this look amazing and more than worth the money and would get me to think twice about switching from nikon but I see nothing but pure hate comments, specifically from canon users. Given the specs on Samsung’s NX1 I’m very interested in how these two cameras will fare against each other

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  13. Derek Schwartz

    When does SLR Lounge get a test mule so we can see what the new beasty is capable of? I’m really curious how dual Digic-6 procs and that new sensor perform for low-light, high ISO situations…

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  14. Mads Helmer Petersen

    That´s just what I have been looking for ! :-)

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  15. Cody Edger

    Much like the 6D, Canon priced a camera at a good price point. I think this completely fair for the type of DSLR you’ll get your hands on. Well done Canon. Been awhile since you’ve done something right!

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  16. Kevin Cucci

    Call me crazy. But I might buy two of these.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      It is high on my list as well Kevin, a solid upgrade and a good body – even if it is not what the rumors has originally painted it to be (though, when are early rumors ever very accurate?). Will be interested to see how it sells compared to other bodies in the “pro” APS-C space.

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