Canon 7d Versus 7d Mark Ii

By | 27/08/2022

Here at Deutschland’southward fabled Photokina, Canon’s peak of the line prosumer APSC DSLR has been finally updated – whoo-hoo! It’s been a long and lonely five years and much has changed in the camera and video landscape merely what does that mean for a current 7D possessor? Well looking at the standard sealed torso of the camera I’d say nada at all but taking a wait under the hood you’ll find new processor muscle; say hi to the DIGIC 6, a whole army of video input and output features, and more cross-blazon hairs than a hedgehog’s back!

And then allow’s jump straight in and compare these two bad boys and their range of specs to see what’s new and what’due south stayed the aforementioned over the by half decade.

7D Mark II (2014) 7D (2009)
Sensors xx.two MP xviii.0 MP
ISO Range 100-12800 standard25600 expanded 100-6400 standard12800 expanded
Movie options 1080p/60/fifty/xxx/25/24MP4 or MOVAll-I, IPB, IPB-Low-cal 1080pMP4
AF points 65 (All cantankerous-type, centre double-cross) xix (All cross-blazon)
AF tracking? 10
AF in live view On-sensor phase detection Contrast detection
Spot-metering linked to AF point No change X
Maximum shutter speed No change X
Maximum shutter speed No change 1/8000th sec
Flash Sync speed No change 1/250th sec
Screen iii.0″ iii:21,036,800 dots(720 x 480 px, RGB)(720 x 480 px, RGB) three.0″ 4:3920,000 dots(640 x 480 px, RGB)
Viewfinder No change 100% coverage1.0x magnification(0.63x in 35mm terms)
Continuous shoot ten fps 8 fps
Buffer 1090 JPEG31 Raw 130 JPEG25 Raw
Storage Compact flashSD/SDHC/SDXC Meaty flash
Weight (inc batteries) 910g (2.0 lb) 860g (1.9 lb)
Dimensions 149 ten 112 x 78 mm 148 x 111 10 74 mm
GPS Built-in Optional
Wi-Fi Optional Optional

Then at a glance, yous might say only the following are stand out reasons for current 7D owners to upgrade: A larger back screen, loftier res ISO sensitivity, more rapid burn shots and an upped spec on the sensor pixels. But look within and you’ll encounter how the guts of this creature have been ripped out and replaced with a snazzy fully-featured photo-making engine.

Image Processor

The original Canon 7D featured dual DIGIC 4, 5 years later the 7D Mark II goes one better than all other Catechism EOS cameras with its DIGIC six processor.


The default ISO range is 100-16,000, expandable upward to 25,600 and 51,200 this takes it upward from the 7D’s native ISO of 6,400, and maximum extended ISO of 12,800

Burst Mode

The 7D Mark Ii now shoots at 10fps which is pro photographic camera speed. There is now an boosted silent continuous outburst mode at 4fps. The 7D Mark II’s buffer chapters likewise gets a considerable heave and can now shoot 31 continuous shots in RAW mode and an incredible 1,090 shots in JPEG. The new 7D Mk 2 uses an RGB metering sensor with approximately 150,000-pixels. The new metering sensor is better than those found in the 5D Mark III, offering only 100,000 pixels. The Mark 2 has also has 65-bespeak all cross-type AF system, beating one time over again the 61-point, 41-cross-type system of the 5D Mark III.


Videographers will now wax lyrical about the powers inside the 7DII information technology has and then much detection and neat AF stuff and a line on compressions format ALL-! and IPB (normal and lite) and that iTR stuff-intelligent tracking and recognition. My face goes bare on all this data and jargon, but my mate who works in a camera shop always tells me that Canon do the all-time video on DSLR’s by far. All I would say as a prosumer observer is there is no 4K here (compared to a GH4 or a NX1 from Samsung) nonetheless, the camera does allow for uncompressed video over HDMI and so you can tape and ship a Hd bespeak out with only the camera rear LCD being disabled in the process (simply practice I need this, as an enthusiast)?

Sealing and other bits and bobs

Weather sealing is upwardly to four times amend than the original 7D evidently (no gamble to test but I am sure Kai will brand a video). It has dual retentivity slots (CF and SD) and a fast USB 3.0. I must say one noticeable feature absent from this camera is built-in wifi which to me in 2014 seems a little odd. If anyone has any ideas why I would capeesh a comment on it. Other minor bits are an anti-flicker machine exposure option for shooting nether sodium or stadium light, a built-in Intervalometer, and a bulb timer for long exposures. Oh aye and 200,000 shutter fire guarantee. (does anyone know how long a life that is, for a normal user?)

Competitive landscape

All said and done, the 7D Ii puts this part of EOS range closer to the professional offer of the 5D 3 at times. It is a safe pair of hand as always with Canon and given they did not announce ANY new enthusiast video cameras at Photokina information technology seems all that all innovation in video on DLSRs will be packed into this range from now on. For my liking the 7D seems a little beefy and perhaps heavy compared to say a GH4 and the new kid on the cake Samsung NX1 which has been brought to the market place to compete head-to-head with this camera (from what I saw at Photokina the new NX1 is a formidable and tech heavy fauna). In the end though, it seems fair to say that the upgrade of specs inside this new and well-nigh identical looking camera makes this a very attractive upgrade for power users of the previous model of the 7D. The future of photography volition be about the software and processor power and for this boxy camera that remains true. If you are happy, know the 7D format well, and accept a bunch of good Canon lenses; the sheer internal upgrade of specification inside the magnesium alloy should be plenty to brand you salivate wildly.