Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-on Preview

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It’s been ages since the first EOS 7D (5 years to be precise) but at photokina, Canon finally presented its heir: the CanonEOS 7D Mark II.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II This DSLR is definitely suited to enthusiasts, and one glance at its technical specifications, as well a half an hour testing it, the team at DigitalCameraReview is confident that this will be the best product of its class when it launches this November. At the very least, it will convincingly be among the fastest DSLRs.

In other words, the wait was worthwhile.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II comes with a 20.2 MP APS-C sensor that can record full HD video at 60 frames per second. The camera is equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS and the first Canon All Cross Type autofocus with 65 pixels, while the rapid shutter can now shoot 10 pics per second (its predecessor was limited to 8), with ISO interval ranging from 100 up to 16,000, both for photos and videos, which can be expanded up to ISO 51600.

That’s all well can good, but the Dual DIGIC 6 processor impressed DCR the most, and it’s what makes the EOS 7D Mark II an advanced, professional-class DSLR.

Fast, Fast, Fast

In use, there’s no doubt this is a Canon, and the EOS 7D Mark II is an outstandingly fast device. Swift autofocus, fast rapid shutter, speedy photo storage, fast tracking of dynamic objects in focus while the shutter is pressed halfway all impress, and make this device fantastic for sports photography, as well as taking an incredible amount of images.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Much of this is the result of the Intelligent Tracking and Recognition focus, previously seen on EOS 1D X, which now works based on the combination of 65-pixel autofocus and information received from the RGB sensor for measuring 150,000 pixels. The camera retains information about an object’s position and its depth any time the mirror is raised, which enables the tracking of the object in Live View and during video recording. To that end, the new EOS 7D records MOV and MP4 video clips.

A Bit Big?

Furthermore, EOS 7D Mark II comes with a dust and weatherproof magnesium body. It’s somewhat heavier than its predecessor, which is perhaps its most obvious flaw.I It cannot be used with just one hand (or this is extremely tiresome and impractical), but the camera body’s grip is highly stable and, again, matches the level of professional full-frame DSLRs.

One other flaw, which is admittedly a nitpick, is the impression the control buttons leave on the back of the device. The rear LCD is now 3.2 inches, up from 3 inches on the previous design, meaning the side ratio is now an awkward 3:2 instead of 4:3.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II has a built-in GPS, Compact Flash slot, and an SD card slot with UHS-1 speed support. It connects to a computer via USB 3.0. It also includes a mini HDMI port, a stereo microphone port and a headphones port. According to Canon announcements, this camera will be available in November for the price of US $1799.99 for the body only and $2149 for the EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens bundle.

Five years is a long time for a DSLR, and what was once only available in advanced and professional cameras, is now common with mid-tier devices.

Despite these changes, Canon has met all expectations with EOS 7D Mark II, offering an exceptionally fast and credible camera which seems like the most attractive option at the moment ? at least based on initial testing. Of course, we’ll have to reserve final judgment for our full review.

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