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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Canon EOS-7D Mk II Launching In Q2 2014


Canon EOS-7D Mk II camera launching in Q2, 2014? 

* * * Read the latest post on the Canon EOS-7D Mk II here * * *

The Canon EOS-7D Mk II is one of the most anticipated cameras this year (including yours truly). It was spotted during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Canon has deployed many of their latest gear there and the testers were covered by Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA) so there are no firm specifications leaked about the camera. Canon may not even call its replacement - EOS-7D Mk II, but they will have enough prototypes out there to help them gain all the insights from field testing.

The EOS-1D Mk IV camera with its excellent APS-H 1.3x sensor was discontinued a while back, leaving a void in the cropped frame, professional camera space. I am looking for a semi-pro body with the extra reach since I am not a big fan of extenders. The current 7D is an excellent piece of equipment and my pick, four years in a row as the best value in APS-C camera.

Nikon announced their top-of-the-line D4s camera this week, to a some what underwhelmed response. Canon will be introducing a couple of Pixma Pro printers next month. There is a chance they may bring forward the release date of the EOS-7D Mk II to March, but most probably it will be the second quarter of 2014, with delivery starting late Q2 or early Q3. The current EOS-7D has the most advanced AF system of all the Canon APS-C bodies. The Achilles heel of the camera is its mediocre high ISO performance.

Possible specifications of the EOS-7D Mk II camera :

  • 20 MP APS-C Sensor ( probably similar to the EOS-70D )
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ processors ( Excellent for speed processing )
  • 10 fps ( Most welcomed by me ) 
  • Dual Memory Card Slots ( One CF and one SD. I prefer 2 CF slots )
  • 61 AF Points ( Perhaps the same as the EOS-1D X )
  • 3.2″ LCD monitor ( Excellent for reviewing images )
  • Similar build quality as the EOS-5D Mk III with much better weather proofing
  • GPS and WiFi ( Not necessary, in my opinion ) 
  • ISO Performance may equal EOS-5D Mk III ( Most welcomed by me )
  • Latest video features similar to, probably beating the EOS-70D model
  • Selling price between $2,000 to $2,199. Not finalized yet

The features of the new camera will be firmed up very soon and the feedback from the Olympics are crucial in determining the final specifications. I am very fond of my EOS-7D camera and cannot wait to get the new model. You can see my works with the camera on MichaelDanielHo.com. Keep checking back for the latest information.

2 comments:

john lee said...

I am thinking of replacing my Canon Rebel T3i. Almost went for the EOS-70D but now the EOS-7D Mk II is expected to beat the performance of the 70D, maybe I should wait. Any advice?

Michael Daniel Ho said...

Hi John. I am quite confident the EOS-7D Mk II will be a super performer and as much as I like the current camera, my advice is to wait and get the Mk II in a few months.