The mid-range DSLR market just got a long-awaited shock of excitement with the announcement of the impending arrival of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II — a camera that’s been the focus of rumors and intense anticipation since its predecessor arrived all the way back in 2009.
According to Canon, the camera features a redesigned 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6 image processors to achieve greater photographic results. The new camera’s ISO range runs from 100 to 16,000 which nearly triples the previously achievable top end of 6,400 found on the original 7D.
The aforementioned dual DIGIC 6 processors enable the Mark II to capture 1080 JPG images, 31 RAW files, and 19 RAW+JPG burst shots at 10 frames per second. Additionally, the camera maker notes “refined mechanics” that include a more efficient shutter drive motor and a “vibration dampened” mirror drive. Improved autofocus comes by way of a 65-point all cross-type AF that enhances low-light focusing in the EV-3 range. Video capture is also reportedly improved, offering recording in a variety of formats, frame rates, and resolutions — including support for full HD 60p recording.
The 7D Mark II looks and feels much like its predecessor with the notable difference of slightly increased size and weight. Ergonomically, grips and controls are the same, so those familiar with Canon cameras should feel right at home.
On paper, this is a spec bump. The most noticeable improvements should come in the form of low-light performance and the beefed-up image processor. The 7D Mark II can shoot up to 1000 stills in a single burst, and those migrating from an older Canon will probably notice fast autofocus. DigitalCameraReview is in Germany for photokina 2014, so that’s something we intend to explore in a hands-on report.
The Canon 7D Mark II is available now for pre-order ahead of its November release date for a base cost (body only) of $1,800.