I just got back from my photo shoot in the Pantanal, Brazil. It was hot and mosquitoes were eating me alive. I am done donating blood for this year. It was a good trip but not spectacular. Just trying to get some rest, get back to my normal routine, catch up on some of the latest photography developments while I was away and process some new photos.
The announcement of the Canon EOS-7D Mk II is fast approaching. I have checked with my sources again upon my return and they have further informal 'chats' with photographers and people in the know willing to talk about the test cameras. Canon is doing an excellent job in enforcing their Non Disclosure Agreements on the replacement camera and shutting down many leaks. The new camera is expected to be announced on the last day of the first week of September. The following specs are the latest I have :
Possible specifications of the EOS-7D Mk II camera :
- 20 MP APS-C 'Multi Layer' Sensor ( With new, breakthrough technology )
- Advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
- Dual DIGIC 6 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 )
- 45 - 65 AF points, many cross type ( Perhaps similar to EOS-1D Mk IV and X )
- AF down to f/8, just like the EOS-1 and EOS-5D Mk III
- 3.2″ LCD monitor with no touch screen capability ( Excellent for reviewing images )
- 100% coverage viewfinder. Magnification 1.15
- Similar build quality as the EOS-5D Mk III with improved weather proofing
- With GPS but no WiFi
- Built-in flash
- Mic and headphone connectors
- ISO 100 - 16000, Boost Mode 25600 - 51200 ( Most welcomed by me )
- Latest video features similar but more advanced than EOS-70D
- 1080p / 720p at 60 fps
- New battery LP-E6N and charger
- Selling price between $2,000 and $2,500. Not finalized yet
- Available with EF 18-135mm and EF 15-85mm STM lens kit
- May be announced with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens ?
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, but the top plate apparently still retains a pop-up flash, with a bigger bump than the current EOS-7D and similar to the EOS-1D X.
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 sensor and AF system plus high ISO capability. The EOS-7D Mk II will be Canon's most important camera announcement this year and they are pulling out all the stops. The photographers who are using the test cameras at the World's Cup have all signed Non Disclosure Agreements but the expiration date will be the first week of September. This means the people who have tested the camera are not bound by the 'secrecy act' any more and can freely discuss and divulge all they know about the new camera.
This will give Canon and their surrogates plenty of time to gear up for the big marketing blitz leading up to the Photokina Show on September 16 in Cologne, Germany. You can see my works with the present camera from worldwide photo shoots on MichaelDanielHo.com. Keep checking back for the latest info and development.