Canon’s killer new Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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Canon announces the Canon EOS 7D Mark II – did you feel the ground shake? Did the universe suddenly start spinning another direction? Nope.

Many people were waiting for the next big Canon announcement and I'm afraid there's a collective yawn from the HDSLR video community. Sure the new 7D has some great new features and we're eager to get our hands on one, but with the Sony A7s and the Panasonic GH4 recently taking the planet by storm, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II doesn't have the same sex appeal for video. Yes it has the awesome Dual Pixel AF for smooth autofocus in video… but it doesn't have the super low light of the Sony A7s nor 4k.

Oh look! There's finally an intervalometer which I have been asking for forever! Thanks Canon!


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Don't get me wrong, there are some awesome new features in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II – and we're glad Canon is upgrading the camera – but at the same time, this is still obviously a camera for photography – which is why it is being announced going into Photokina (a photography show) and wasn't announced before IBC (a video show).

Canon has not added things like 4k video that have come into the market via the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7s (which we've been predicting they wouldn't do anyway – so it doesn't come as a big surprise).

Update: Nice “Hands on” with the 7D2 by thephoblographer

Canon EOS 7D mark ii front

Canon EOS 7D Mark II back


  • Built in GPS
  • No WiFi
  • Fixed LCD
  • No Touch Screen
  • 20.2MP APS-C Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • 65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.
  • 10fps
  • ISO 100-16000, (expandable to ISO 51,600)
  • 60fps in 1080 and 720 video
  • customizable Movie Servo AF
  • AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources
  • dual card slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC and CF memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards
  • Built-in flash
  • Intervalometer
  • Mic and headphones connectors
  • Can sync time between Canon EOS 7D Mark II cameras
  • New Battery – LP-E6N
  • New Battery Grip BG-E16

What do you think?

Is the Canon EOS 7D Mark II killer?

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Press Release

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, incorporating professional features and quality in an affordable DSLR. Building upon the proven success of the EOS 7D camera, this new EOS model features a range of “EOS firsts” such as Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and rapid burst shooting up to 10 frames per second (fps), as well as Canon’s first 65-Point* All Cross Type autofocus (AF) system for compositional freedom and accurate, spot-on fast focus. Great for shooting indoor activities such as sporting events, concerts, or weddings, the camera’s impressive low-light shooting capabilities along with its up-to-10 fps high-speed shooting can capture a fast-break basketball dunk, a band’s encore performance, a bird in flight or wildlife in exceptional quality. In addition, the EOS 7D Mark II is the second EOS DSLR camera to incorporate Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for rapid and precise focusing of video as well as still images.

“With more processing power than any other EOS camera available today, the highly anticipated EOS 7D Mark II camera has everything serious photographers have come to expect from Canon’s DSLRs and more,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “And, recognizing that for some, creative expression may expand beyond still photography, we continue to support these creative passions by offering new and innovative Full HD video capabilities, such as second generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology in the EOS 7D Mark II camera as well.”

Outstanding Performance
Within the camera’s durable magnesium alloy body resides a newly developed 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, safeguarded by enhanced dust and weather resistance to protect the camera.  Ideal for shooting in challenging lighting conditions ranging from indoor sports to dimly lit weddings, the camera features a standard ISO range of 100–16000 for both still and video (expandable to ISO 51,600). A new 65-point* All Cross-Type AF system with EV -3 sensitivity at the center point helps deliver sharp focus for still photos even in extreme low-light conditions on subjects with limited visible detail. The EOS 7D Mark II camera also features an enhanced version of Canon’s EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF, originally introduced with the EOS-1D X DSLR camera, enabling the camera to recognize subjects based on face and color detection utilizing the new AE system, and can track subjects using all 65 AF points.

The camera’s improved EOS Scene Detection system features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor for enhanced precision. The wide-area 65-point AF array combined with EOS iTR and adjustable high-speed continuous burst shooting up to 10 fps enables the easy tracking and capturing of fast moving subjects virtually anywhere in the frame such as birds in flight or running backs eluding a tackle. A new and innovative AF Area Selection Lever nestled around the multi-controller on the back of the camera makes it easier than ever for photographers to switch between the seven supplied AF Point Selection modes without removing their eye from the viewfinder.

At 10 fps, the camera’s buffer capacity can consecutively capture up to 31 RAW images or 1,090 Large Fine JPEGs[i]. Built to last, the camera also features a shutter durability rating up to 200,000 cycles, approximately thirty three percent more than the original EOS 7D camera. A newly developed mirror mechanism uses motorized control to help reduce impact and enhance camera performance during high-speed continuous shooting. In addition to adjustable high- and low-speed continuous shooting modes, single-frame shooting and two self-timer settings, the EOS 7D Mark II camera also features silent drive modes for single frame and continuous shooting. The silent settings support discreet camera operation in quiet locations.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and indoor swimming pools. When enabled, this system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous shooting.

Innovative AF Technology
The EOS 7D Mark II camera features the next generation of Canon’s exclusive Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology, originally introduced with the EOS 70D DSLR camera. New DAF features include user-selectable adjustments for Movie Servo AF Speed[ii] and Movie Servo AF Tracking Sensitivity. Additionally, overall focusing speed, face detection performance, and performance in low light and with low-contrast subjects have been improved over previous Canon models. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs proprietary Canon sensor technology in which effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection focus measurement simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance in both video and Live View still imaging modes.

With Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and customizable Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving subjects over approximately eighty of the image area measured horizontally and vertically. DAF focusing modes include Face Detection with Tracking, FlexiZone Multi with 31 AF zones, and FlexiZone Single that allows users to position a focusing frame on the camera’s LCD screen. Canon’s DAF supports over 100[iii] models of Canon EF lenses (including many earlier models), providing a wide array of options for photographers to explore.

Expanding Creativity
The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera provides a wealth of creative controls building on the features and functions of the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X professional digital cameras. The new camera’s AI Servo AF III autofocusing algorithm is similar to that of the EOS-1D X camera in that tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching) can be easily customized for specific shooting situations, using the same type of AF Configuration Menu. This capability makes it easy for EOS 7D Mark II camera users to match AI Servo AF settings when used together with EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III cameras, while also providing a high level of performance at an affordable price point.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera also offers the same level of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Multiple Exposure (ME) functionality that was originally featured in the EOS 5D Mark III camera. The HDR mode includes five HDR shooting functions and allows users to save all source images in addition to the composited HDR image. Similarly, Multiple Exposure mode provides four compositing methods and also allows users to save individual source images.

Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer, also EOS DSLR firsts, to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long- exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more.

In addition to optional settings for Peripheral Illumination Correction and Chromatic Aberration Correction, found in other current high-end EOS models, the EOS 7D Mark II camera, for the first time, adds Distortion Correction that operates with most EF and EF-S lenses to improve image quality even further while recording video and in-camera JPEGs. The My Menu feature has also been improved with the ability to store more user-selected settings in five additional tabs.

A new and improved Intelligent Viewfinder provides approximately one hundred percent field of view, while adding the ability to superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings data such as dual-mode electronic level display, grid, exposure mode, white balance mode and AF mode. A bright, three-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) on the back of the camera displays information and menus clearly even in bright sunlight. The EOS 7D Mark II camera is compatible with interchangeable focusing screens including the standard Eh-A as well as the optional Eh-S Super Precision Matte for use during manual focusing with large aperture lenses.

A built-in GPS[iv] Receiver provides a digital compass and can record location information including longitude, latitude, elevation, camera direction and universal coordinated time (UTC) as EXIF data for geotagging both images and movie files in real time. The built-in pop-up flash is convenient for many applications and can also act as an optical controller with compatible off-camera EX-series Speedlites for enhanced pro-quality lighting effects.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera features dual card slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC and CF memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Data transfer speeds from the camera to a personal computer are enhanced with the addition of a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port.

Stunning Movie Capability
The EOS 7D Mark II camera offers users the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD or 720p HD video up to 60p enabling slow-motion capture at full resolution in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, exceeding the specifications of other current EOS cameras. Users can also choose between .MOV and .MP4 recording formats for maximum flexibility. The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s mini HDMI port can be used to record uncompressed Full HD video to external recorders.

Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, significantly reduce focus motor noise, letting the EOS 7D Mark II camera’s built-in microphone capture clear audio of the scene being shot without picking up unwanted noise from the lens. The EOS 7 D Mark II camera also features a stereo microphone port and outputs stereo audio via the camera’s mini-HDMI port. The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is equipped with a headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, as well as a silent control feature that allows users to adjust audio levels during recordings. Other built-in ports include a PC socket for external flash units and an N3 socket for dedicated Canon wired remote control accessories[v]. A cable protector is provided to maximize safety when using the USB 3.0 and mini-HDMI ports.

The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2014 for an estimated retail price of $1,799.00 for the body only and $2,149.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. It will utilize a new LP-E6N lithium ion battery pack with increased storage capacity. The LP-E6N is fully compatible with the LC-E6 battery charger, which will be supplied as a standard item in all EOS 7D Mark II body only and zoom lens kits. Also scheduled to be available are the new optional Battery Grip BG-E16 and optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A Version 2, with shipping dates and estimated retail pricing to be announced at a later date. Both the EOS 7D Mark II camera and Battery Grip BG-E16 are backwards-compatible to the current LP-E6 lithium ion battery pack.

For more information about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the full list of product specifications and compatible lenses, visit

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.      
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Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice.  Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

* The number of available AF points, and whether single line or cross-type, varies depending on the lens.

[i] Based on Canon’s testing standards, using a UDMA 7 CF Card.

[ii] Movie Servo AF speed adjustment requires use of an STM lens or select USM lenses.

[iii] As of September 15, 2014.

[iv] In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronic is regulated.

[v] The EOS 7D Mark II is compatible with the optional WFT-E7A Version 2 Wireless File Transmitter.


(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. I’m disappointed.  I was holding out, waiting to see what the actual specs on this camera would be and…now it seems my very first camera will either be a GH4 or the Black Magic Pocket Camera (I don’t have the budget for the Sony or  BM production camera).  

    Since I’m a newbie, I’m actually very curious to hear the opinions of seasoned shooters.  Is anyone going to buy this?  If so, why?

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  3. HA!  They finally give us 1080p 60 when all the others are at 120+.  Little slow to react,  Maybe they are done with the DSLR for video market.

  4. It’s not that it’s a bad camera. But it shows to me that Canon is really not interested in greatly advancing video functionality on their DSLR line. It’s that philosophical statement that shakes my trust in them when it comes to investing further into Canon DSLRs for video work. Since I cannot and will not afford to move up to their C series, I think it’s time I move on to another manufacturer. Thats not an easy move since Canon and Nikon have the best selection of glass.

  5. roxics i really think the problem isn’t that they don’t want to innovate, but that they’re just too big. You’ve heard that it takes about 7 miles to stop a moving oil tanker in the ocean? Seems similar… They’re on multi-year product cycles and just can’t move faster.

  6. planetMitch I have no doubt there is a lot of truth to that. The question is, how long do you as an individual want to wait?

  7. The last time a Canon DSLR knocked my socks off was six years ago watching Vincent Laforent’s REVERIE, shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The new Samsung NX1 looks more interesting with specs like my GH4 ( cinema 4K ).

  8. Yes its killer. i love it. but It seems Sony and Panasonic is killing Canon’s video market from long ago.
    But I’m buying 7DmkII. its offer all what i need. But no touch screen (it helped sometimes when auto focusing video)

  9. planetMitch roxics I don´t think Panasonic is a small company – neither SONY at all. I am not sure if they are even bigger. But they realized what the foto & video guys want. Canon ignors us. Even Nikon catches up and they have been famous for ignoring what is going on in the market and they missed the big change to video dslrs

  10. Yes – another missed opportunity.  I appreciate that Canon doesn’t over promise, however it’s getting a bit ridiculous that the 5D3 is STILL there highest resolution camera and here two years later we are seeing cameras not able to top 20 ish MP.  I appreciate the format difference, however it’s not competing on technology already available. Touch screen as an option would have been handy for video, the type of video people buying a 7D2 would shoot… i.e. one or two man crews.

    Why are we seeing so many a pretty average spec cameras all competing with each other?  Lets see some premium offering please!

  11. I think Canon is still stuck in that Japanese idea that upgrading the 7D’s video features will Cannibalize their C series camera sales. I think Sony gave that up as their overall marketshare dropped like a stone. Sony NEEDED to innovate and they did. Canon, I think, doesn’t realize they need to as well. I’m a 7D owner who, after this announcement, is moving to Sony (until I can afford a C300!!)

  12. AnthonyD42 true words. The C300 is far too expensive but a good workhorse. You would have to to many jobs a year just to pay back the cam! For less money you could have the new AJA CION or even the Sony FS7 which will definitly give you much more power. I would go more for the CION, as Sony will be terrible expensive with their new drives. (like always).

    Canon should create a 5DC – lighter version of the 1Dc but for film at a pricerange between 2.500 to 3.500 Euro. Form factor, weight and standard Canon batteries are important to use it on glidecam, drones or in small invroments..
    Specs I would include: 3K internal up to 100 frames, 2k up 200frames, 422 internal recording, full frame, dual pixel focus, dual iso filming, wifi fast for video stream in HD or 720p, flip screen, zebra and a classic battery grip where you can record 4K 4.2.2 bit. Kick the 1Dc but create the C series with more specs and better oled screen. Price C300 II 6.500 Euro and C500 10.000 Euro.
    They would sell so much they couldn´t handle it.

  13. AnthonyD42 I am using C100 and has started using A7s. It is a great camera at a good price point given the quality that it produces. 5DC is a camera designed for video but the price is ridiculously expensive. They need to shave at least 50% off the price to be competitive.

  14. roxics u can always use metabone adapter to continue using their lenses. I am using that on A7s and they work great for video works.

  15. This is Canon’s way of telling video shooters that their DSLR line “likes them as a friend.”

  16. im not buying the scam,,ill stick with my 50d and magic lantern and still out perfrm this ,,,,70d??you say,,,,oh please.

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