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Canon EOS 7D Mk II review: Low ISO performance lags behind rivals

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday November 05 2014

Sensor Review
Introduction | Canon EOS 7D Mk II: Below- par scores at low ISOs, yet competitive at high ISOs | Canon EOS 7D Mk II vs. Canon EOS 7D: Incremental performance increase | Canon EOS 7D Mk II vs. Nikon D300s vs Sony Alpha 77 II: Competitive performance | Conclusion
Canon EOS 7D Mk II review: Low ISO performance lags behind rivals

Equipped with a new 20-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor and dual-pixel CMOS AF system, Canon’s latest DSLR is the long-overdue update to the flagship EOS 7D model. Read on to find out how the new 20-Mpix sensor performs.

Given the raft of new full-frame cameras introduced recently, Canon surprised APS-C fans with the announcement of the Canon EOS 7D Mk II. Although the increase in pixel count is modest (up just 2 Mpix overall), as the replacement for the 5-year old EOS 7D, the new model features numerous improvements. It’s the first pro-level model to adopt a newly-developed 20.2-MPix APS-C CMOS sensor with the firm’s Dual Pixel AF technology, permitting phase-detection AF capability during Live View and movie capture. It also has a new 65-point phase-detect AF system in the viewfinder with close to 80% coverage across the frame, and adopts cross-type (vertical and horizontal line) sensors at each point. It has a similar layout to the AF system in the EOS 5D Mk III and 1 DX, and has similar controls and menu options to those models.

 

Other pro-level features include interchangeable focus screens (with a super-precision matte option for high-speed lenses), 100% viewfinder coverage, and continuous shooting at up to 10fps. Unlike some recent rival models, the LCD is fixed (presumably for improved sealing and long-term durability), but it’s a 3-inch panel with 1.04M-dots. In addition to the Dual Pixel AF option during video capture, the new camera has been equipped with an extensive range of additional filmmaking capabilities. Options include a choice of MOV (H.264) or MP4 formats, numerous compression formats (IPB, ALL-I and Light IPB), slow motion (50/60fps), plus headphone and mic sockets as well as a mini-HDMI output to external recorders.

The new Canon EOS 7D Mk II measures 5.9 x 4.4 x 3.1" / 148.6 x 112.4 x 78.2 mm and weighs just 2.00 lbs / 910g with battery card. It is available to pre-order for $1799 body only or $2,149 complete with the stabilized EF-S 18-135mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM zoom.

 

Key specifications:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF (with Live View)
  • Dual DIGIC 6 image processors
  • 100% percent viewfinder coverage
  • Interchangeable focus screens
  • 3-inch 1,040k-Dot LCD
  • Wide-area 65-point AF system using cross-type sensors only
  • Full HD video recording up to 60fps
  • ISO 16,000 sensitivity, extended to ISO 51,200
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • Durable magnesium alloy body with extensive sealing
  • Built-in GPS

Canon EOS 7D Mk II: Below-par scores at low ISOs, yet competitive at high ISOs

Canon EOS 7D Mk II vs. Canon EOS 7D: Incremental performance increase

Canon EOS 7D Mk II vs. Nikon D300s vs Sony Alpha 77 II: Competitive performance

Conclusion