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Canon reveals the super fast EOS 7D Mark II DSLR

Canon reveals the super fast E...
Canon has finally revealed the EOS 7D Mark II (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
Canon has finally revealed the EOS 7D Mark II (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The EOS 7D Mark II is the latest and greatest APS-C DLSR from Canon
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The EOS 7D Mark II is the latest and greatest APS-C DLSR from Canon
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II features Canon's EF/EF-S lens mount
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II features Canon's EF/EF-S lens mount
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is the successor to the original 7D
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is the successor to the original 7D
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II has an ISO range of 100 to 16,000, and it's extendable right up to ISO 51,200
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II has an ISO range of 100 to 16,000, and it's extendable right up to ISO 51,200
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II feature all the controls you'd expect from a high-end DSLR
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II feature all the controls you'd expect from a high-end DSLR
Autofocus on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is handled by a system with 65 AF points, all of which are cross-type
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Autofocus on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is handled by a system with 65 AF points, all of which are cross-type
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is aimed at photographers who have a need for speed
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is aimed at photographers who have a need for speed
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II features a tough magnesium alloy chassis
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II features a tough magnesium alloy chassis
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is compatible with the new BG-E16 battery grip
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is compatible with the new BG-E16 battery grip
The Canon 7D Mark II is due to hit stores in November
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The Canon 7D Mark II is due to hit stores in November
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II will cost $1,800 body-only, or $2,200 with an EF-S 18-135-mm F3.5-F5.6 IS STM lens.
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II will cost $1,800 body-only, or $2,200 with an EF-S 18-135-mm F3.5-F5.6 IS STM lens.
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II has dedicated microphone and headphone sockets for external devices
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II has dedicated microphone and headphone sockets for external devices
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II boasts Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II boasts Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II features Canon's EF/EF-S lens mount
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II features Canon's EF/EF-S lens mount
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II can provide live, uncompressed (4:2:2) HDMI output to external recorders
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II can provide live, uncompressed (4:2:2) HDMI output to external recorders
There's a 20.2-megapixel APS-C (22.4 x 15.0 mm) CMOS sensor in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
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There's a 20.2-megapixel APS-C (22.4 x 15.0 mm) CMOS sensor in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II offers improved weather resistance (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II offers improved weather resistance (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II feature all the controls you'd expect from a high-end DSLR (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II feature all the controls you'd expect from a high-end DSLR (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II can record Full HD 1080p video at 60/50 fps (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II can record Full HD 1080p video at 60/50 fps (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is capable of continuous shooting at 10 fps (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is capable of continuous shooting at 10 fps (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
Canon has finally revealed the EOS 7D Mark II (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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Canon has finally revealed the EOS 7D Mark II (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The Canon 7D Mark II has been a long time coming, but it looks like it could have been worth the wait. Aimed at photographers who have a need for speed, the new top-of-the-line APS-C format DSLR features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, a new sophisticated autofocus system with 65-point cross-type AF points, and is capable of capturing a blistering 10 frames per second.

Canon's original 7D was released in 2009 and instantly became a hit with snappers who wanted a quick camera – with good reason, as its specs were something special at the time. But five years is a long time in the world of digital cameras, and it's been beginning to show its age when compared with supposedly lesser cameras like the EOS 70D. Luckily Canon has used Photokina 2014 to show off its new heir to the APS-C DSLR throne.

The Canon 7D Mark II uses a 20.2-megapixel APS-C (22.4 x 15.0 mm) CMOS sensor combined with Dual DIGIC 6 image processors to give it its speed. An ISO range of 100 to 16,000 is considerably greater than its predecessor, and it's extendable right up to ISO 51,200. The new DSLR also increases its continuous shooting speed which now maxes out at 10 fps, which should be quick enough for all but the fastest of subjects.

Autofocus is handled by a system with 65 AF points, all of which are cross-type. EOS iTR AF and AI Servo AF III technologies work alongside a 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor to deliver accurate subject tracking in any lighting conditions. Similar to the EOS-1D X, there's a customizable menu for adjusting sensitivity and subject tracking. Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, like that seen on the EOS 70D, is also present to improve focusing when using live view or recording movies, which the 7D Mark II can do at Full HD 1080p 60/50 fps.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II can record Full HD 1080p video at 60/50 fps (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II can record Full HD 1080p video at 60/50 fps (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Other movie-friendly features include being able to provide live, uncompressed (4:2:2) HDMI output to external recorders, as well as dedicated microphone and headphone sockets for external devices. Silent control means that users can prevent operational noise being captured if settings are changed while shooting.

As with its predecessor, the 7D Mark II looks to be a solid piece of kit. It boasts a tough magnesium alloy chassis, and improved weather resistance. The three-inch TFT LCD on the rear has 1,040K dots, while the optical pentaprism viewfinder features 100 percent frame coverage. The camera is compatible with a new BG-E16 battery grip, and its shutter and mirror drive mechanism, has a 200,000-cycle shutter durability.

The Canon 7D Mark II shoots to dual card slots, one SD and one CompactFlash type. It also features built-in GPS and a digital compass. Interestingly, there's no built-in Wi-Fi like we've seen on some of Canon's other recent releases, but it is at least compatible with the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A Version 2.

The Canon 7D Mark II is due to hit stores in November and will set you back US$1,800 body-only, or $2,200 with an EF-S 18-135-mm F3.5-F5.6 IS STM lens.

You can see the 7D Mark II put through its paces in the video below from Canon Australia.

Product page: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Exclusive: Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR - First Test

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Luiz Dasilva
Very good information!