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.