Once of the biggest concerns that I have heard from readers about the recently announced Canon 7D Mark II is that the sensor appears to be the same as the one in the 70D. Canon came out straight away, and said that this sensor is different from the one in the 70D, but until recently, they would not elaborate.


In an interview with dc.watch, a foreign website, regarding the new 7D Mark II, Canon opened up about the differences between the two sensors. It turns out, the difference is in how the sensor is produced in the semiconductor process during the different stages of manufacturing.

…in order to improve the high-sensitivity characteristics, we have adopted a new process in the semiconductor manufacturing process.

This would seem to indicate that the new sensor, while very similar to its predecessor in the 70D, should perform better in high sensitivity, or high ISO, situations. This would seem to be supported by the fact that the high ISO samples from the 7D Mark II do in fact look much nicer than that from the 70D.

Hopefully, this will put some minds at ease about Canon just reusing the same sensor again. It appears that is not the case, even if the difference is minute.


What are your thoughts on this information regarding the difference between the 70D and 7D Mark II sensors? Leave a comment below!

[via Canon Watch]