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As the announcement of the Canon EOS-7D Mk II approaches, a bit more 'information' is coming out. As reported in my earlier posts, the new camera may look a 'baby' EOS-1. The mode dial found on all non EOS-1 DSLR bodies may be gone, replaced by a top plate, with a bigger bump than the current EOS-7D and similar to the EOS-1D X.
The viewfinder will have 100% coverage and a 1.15 magnification. The pop up flash apparently will still be there. Some argue that a professional camera does not require a built-in flash but I disagree. The versatility of a built-in flash outweighs any disadvantage for my needs. The current EOS-7D is an excellent piece of equipment and my pick, four years in a row as the best value in APS-C camera.
I am most interested in the Mk II's new AF system and high ISO capability. With the successful launch of the EOS-70D, Canon is planning to use a more advanced version of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF of the 70D in the new camera. The best guess of the expected release date of the camera will be mid August, possibly together with another highly anticipated announcement, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens.
This will give Canon plenty of time to mount a vigorous marketing campaign, leading up to the big Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany on September 16, with delivery commencing last quarter of 2014. 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 and the camera is showing its age. It will be almost 5 years old when the Mk II is finally available this Autumn.
Possible specifications of the EOS-7D Mk II camera :
- 20 MP APS-C Sensor ( more advanced than the EOS-70D )
- Advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
- Dual DIGIC 5+ processors ( Excellent for speed processing )
- 8 - 10 fps ( Most welcomed by me )
- Dual Memory Card Slots ( One CF and one SD. I prefer 2 CF slots )
- 45 -61 AF Points ( Perhaps similar to EOS-1D Mk IV and X )
- 3.2″ LCD monitor ( Excellent for reviewing images )
- 100% coverage viewfinder. Magnification 1.15
- Similar build quality as the EOS-5D Mk III with improved weather proofing
- Comes with GPS and WiFi ( Not necessary, in my opinion )
- ISO Performance may equal EOS-5D Mk III ( Most welcomed by me )
- Latest video features similar but more advanced than EOS-70D
- Selling price between $2,000 to $2,199. Not finalized yet
My contacts informed me the features of the new camera are firmed up by now and the feedback from the World's Cup will be crucial in determining the final tweaks, mostly likely refinement in the software before entering production.
I am very fond of my EOS-7D but the camera is entering its twilight years. Distributors around the world are entering this model into their inventory systems as 'end of model life.' You probably have noticed some very good deals on the EOS-7D and lens kits. Dealers are clearing out remaining inventories and getting ready for the new model. They are also receiving invitations to attend launch events in August.
You can see my works with the camera from worldwide photo shoots on MichaelDanielHo.com. Keep checking back for the latest info and development.