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The 2014 Winter Olympics is coming to an end. My sources informed me they have seen the EOS-7D Mk II test cameras during the games. Canon has deployed many of their latest gear there for testing and demonstrations for their 'special' guests.
All of the photographers testing the prototype equipment will be bound by Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA) and so far very few leaks are coming from the Olympics. The EOS-7D Mk II is my most anticipated camera from Canon this year. With the retirement of the EOS-1D Mk IV, 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 will be announcing their top-of-the-line D4s camera next week. Canon may loathe to see them get all the limelight and dominate the photography news. There is a chance they may bring forward the release date of the EOS-7D Mk II camera to March, along with a few Pixma Pro printers. Canon may not even call the replacement camera, EOS-7D Mk II, but they will have enough prototypes out there during the Olympics games to help them gain all the insights from field testing.
Possible Specifications Of The EOS-7D Mk II camera :
- 24 MP APS-C Sensor ( Too many, if true. I prefer 21 MP )
- 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. With the EOS-1D Mk IV out of production, a semi-professional APS-C body is very appealing to me. Keep checking back for the latest information.
Yippy! The APS-C camera lineup needs a leader and the EOS-7D Mk II should take the lead.
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