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Friday, August 16, 2013

Canon EOS-7D Mk II Camera Update

There is a bit more news about the long awaited, long overdue, Canon EOS-7D Mk II camera. Just a recap first. The current EOS-7D is almost four years old and has been my pick as the best DSLR camera value on the market for years. You can read my review here but the camera's technology is getting old and its Achilles' heel is its mediocre high ISO performance.

There are different prototypes of the EOS-7D Mk II out there and they have been spotted again. This is nothing unusual and Canon have not finalized on which model to produce, including the exact specifications and the MP of the sensor. The EOS-7D Mk II will be the leader of the pack for Canon's APS-C lineup. It will borrow technologies from the unparalleled EOS-1D X, EOS-6D and the recently introduced EOS-70D cameras.

Possible specifications of the EOS-7D Mk II :

  • 20 MP (EOS-70D) or 24 MP APS-C Sensor ( Too many, if true. I prefer 20 MP )
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ processors ( Excellent for speed processing )
  • 10 fps ( Most welcomed ) 
  • 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 quality as the EOS-5D Mk III with much better weather proofing
  • GPS and WiFi ( Similar to EOS-6D. Not necessary, in my opinion ) 
  • ISO Performance may equal EOS-5D Mk III ( Most welcomed )
  • Plenty of latest video features borrowed from the latest Canon models
  • Selling price between $1,999 to $2,199. Not finalized yet

The new camera apparently will not be introduced till early next year. Canon is trying to ramp up production and meet the demands of the brand new EOS-70D camera first, which has garnered rave reviews and many pre-orders. The current EOS-7D is my favorite wildlife camera when the action is far away but its modest high ISO performance limits the use to good lighting conditions. When the Mk II model arrives and has similar ISO and AF performance to the EOS-5D Mk III and the EOS-1D X, it will really make me a satisfied photographer. If the new camera sells in the low $2,000s or less and comes with most of the features mentioned above, it will again prove to be the best value in APS-C DSLR camera on the market. Visit my website to see many wildlife photos taken with the EOS-7D from around the world. 

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