Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review

12/11/2017

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II was the first model in what is now a series of cameras. While that camera remains a strong contender even today, 5 years after its introduction, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a huge upgrade from this model. The Canon EOS 7D was, without question, one of the best DSLR Canon cameras had ever produced. 

For professionals or amateurs, a camera that can fit anyone's lifestyle.

Show the world your adventures. 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Highlighted Features

  • 7D-sized APS-C body
  • APS-C-sized sensor, new enhancements (removed a few)
  • Cut the price by 74%
  • Dual Pixel CMOS sensor-based
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • 60 fps 1080p video
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor
  • Distortion correction
  • LP-E6N Battery and Battery Grip BG-E16

This camera is a bargain, professional-ready DSLR waiting to take on your adventures.

Image Quality

Highest density DSLR sensors available,  a more-dense sensor can deliver more resolution in your final

Camera Size

Canon's 5-Series and 7-Series bodies are similar in size and only smaller than the 1-Series models.

Autofocus

Of critical importance for most photographers, and especially for sports/action and wildlife photographers, is autofocus accuracy. A camera's image quality doesn't matter if the subject is out of focus. The first 7D received what Canon at that time called "... the most advanced AF system ever seen in an EOS SLR." While that 19 cross-type AF point system was groundbreaking, the 7D II breaks a lot of new ground.

Video

Incredible video quality for a low price has become standard with Canon DSLR cameras. But, AF performance in movie mode has been a barrier to enjoyment of this feature for some. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is capable of tracking anything short of high speed action. DAF made DSLR video capture as easy as with a consumer grade camcorder with far superior video quality. As expected, the 7D II performs and lives up to expectations. If you can leave the camcorder at home, this camera will save a significant amount of bulk/size/weight and more easily justifies the DSLR camera purchase in the first place. 

Viewfinder

It is hard not to love the 7D II's viewfinder. This large pentaprism viewfinder shows a best-available full 100% field of view at a 1.00x magnification. You'll especially love the 7D II's big view on the world and will especially love not having to guess where the frame edges really are. This viewfinder, via the translucent LCD, can optionally be configured to show many framing and focusing aids along with a vast array of camera settings. Information shown is highly configurable with basic view options. A larger-sized, more comfortable eyecup. 

Flash

The 7-D series cameras remain Canon's highest EOS model line to offer a built-in pop-up flash. All of Canon's other recent DSLR cameras, flash settings can be controlled from the menu which includes an extensive range of controls for built in, hot-shoe-mounted and remote flashes. The Integrated Speedlite Transmitter feature alone, if needed, will save you the purchase of a device with a significant cost - and the convenience factor of having this feature built-in is huge. But the best part is the image quality that off camera flash delivers.

Battery

LP-E6N Battery and Battery Grip BG-E16

The LP-E6N battery form factor is great (you can easily fit several of these small batteries in most pockets), but they still provide a rating of up to 800 shots in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Battery life is always highly variable based on factors such as flash use, video use, GPS and temperature. 

Price

When compared to Canon's other DSLRs, the 7D II has a very high price tag. But with the features and capabilities of this camera, the 7D II is a steal compared to other cameras. I expect this cameras amazing features to price ratio are a good. Those needing high performance and high speed frame rates are going to find the 7D II the perfect option. 

Additional Features

That the Canon EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for points toward durability membership in Canon Professional Services (in regions available) shows Canon's perspective on the performance level of this camera. This camera is designed for professional use, starting with the magnesium alloy chassis it is built upon. 

Professionals or amateurs who need to get the job done, regardless of the working conditions and weather.

Summary of EOS 7D Mark II Features

  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS APS-C Sensor supporting next generation Dual Pixel CMOS sensor-based AF
  • 10.0 fps continuous shooting for up to 130 JPG/31 RAW frames
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • Highly customizable AF system featuring 65 All Cross Type AF Points with f/8 center point sensitive to -3 EV extreme low-light conditions
  • ISO 100-16000 with expansion to 51200
  • Built-in GPS receiver with a digital compass records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation, direction and UTC time) to EXIF
  • Improved custom controls with built-in Intervalometer and bulb timer
  • 60 fps 1080p video, speed and sensitivity-customizable Movie Servo AF, MOV and MP4 recording formats and uncompressed HDMI out
  • Magnesium alloy body, shutter durability rated up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance
  • EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for improved precision
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots)
  • Flicker Mode adjusts shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
  • Dual Memory Card Slots supporting one CF (UDMA Mode 7) and one SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) memory card
  • 100% view, 1.00x magnification Intelligent Viewfinder II
  • Distortion correction joins Canon's previously introduced in-camera chromatic aberration and peripheral illumination correction
  • New LP-E6N Battery and Battery Grip BG-E16

Opinion

Reviewing one of the feature-filled DSLRs currently hitting the streets is a daunting, time-consuming effort. One could write many books about using this camera and getting the most from it. Hopefully I've given you the basics needed for decision making.

To dig deeper into this camera's capabilities, I recommend reading the owner's manual (it's pretty long)

Features including: Auto Lighting Optimizer, Distortion Correction, Chromatic Aberration Correction, Peripheral Illumination Correction, remote control via a USB-connected computer, flash setup and control, High ISO Noise Reduction, Long Exposure Noise Reduction, Highlight Tone Priority, HDR, Multiple Exposure ... and many, many other topics. To learn and read about to use your Canon camera to the fullest extent. 

Owning a Canon product gives you access to Canon support. The support I provided by Canon is excellent. Access to an intelligent person who sincerely wants to help with whatever question or problem. Canon repair service is very fast and reliable, hopefully you will never need it.

A quality-reliable-affordable camera

Canon has continuously refined their design and added in a huge array of technological advancements. The result is a feature-packed, great-performing camera with a wide range of usefulness and a price tag that isn't bad.

Whether you are a first-time DSLR buyer, you are interested in upgrading to a more feature-filled and capable camera, or if you are adding an additional camera to your kit, the Canon EOS 80D is very worthy of consideration.

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