Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera

The EOS 7D Canon Mark II Digital SLR Camera was engineered with a propensity for speed and is symbolized by its 20.2 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS imaging sensor, a pair of DIGIC 6 imaging processors, and a 10 frames per second continuous top shooting rate. Both Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus technology and a 65-point cross-class phase-detection autofocus system take advantage of quick fit, precise focusing execution of both live view and optical viewfinder shooting. In addition, the dual imaging processors combined with the CMOS image sensor also work together to enhanced sensitivity to low-light to a native 16000 ISO, which is additionally expandable to 51200 ISO. The Canon 7D Mark II performs comfortably within a range of formidable environments, and while ideally positioned as a photographic tool for wildlife and sports photographers, it's equally at home in the service of multimedia contemporary image-shooters.

The still imaging assets of the 7D Mark support recording full 1080p HD video, as fast as 60 frames per second. in addition to saving data to on board memory cards, uncompressed movies may also be saved to external recorders (optional) using HDMI access. Custom Image Servo autofocus assisted by the Twin Pixel CMOS autofocus system, supports the movie recording capabilities by facilitating controllable sensitivity and speed settings for constant focusing of subjects in motion.

A robust weather and dust sealed body of magnesium alloy houses the equally rugged set of imaging abilities in equally , which delivers a durable shutter device tested as high as 200,000 actuations. A 3.0" fixed Clear View II 1.04m-dot LCD monitor is integrated into the layout, along with a brilliant, optical Intelligent Viewfinder II , for transitional monitoring and playback. Customizable control buttons are placed on the body for individual control over unique settings while an on-board GPS monitor embeds location data automatically into images for geotagging pictures when shooting.

The STM EF-S 18 through 135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is included with the Mark II 7D body to provide a versatile go to lens which covers a 28.8 through 216mm, .35mm-equivalent focal range The stepping motor on the STM lens helps to accomplish near stealth focusing when employed in affiliation with the camera's Move Servo autofocus mode while the optical image stabilizer system helps to diminish the camera shake appearance.


20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors

    Featuring a 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 image processors, the 7D Mark II is capable of producing high-resolution, well-detailed still imagery and full HD 1080p video with notable sensitivity and minimal noise. A native ISO range of 100-16000, which can further be expanded to ISO 51200, is well-suited to working in difficult lighting conditions and the processing power of the DIGIC 6 processors also contributes to enhanced low-light quality with smooth color and tonal gradations and corrected optical aberrations.

    The dual processor design further benefits the imaging system through the addition of speed, which avails 10 fps continuous shooting for over 1000 JPEGs, 31 RAW, or 19 RAW+JPEG files, along with a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. and a top flash sync speed of 1/250 sec. Additionally, a shutter lag time of 0.055 sec. and a start-up time of just 0.1 sec. help keep the camera ready to perform when desired.

65-Point All Cross-Type AF System
    When shooting with the optical viewfinder, a 65-point all cross-type autofocus system is used to provide wide frame coverage for acquiring focus accurately and quickly. The center point of this cluster is a high-precision dual cross-type sensor that benefits working with f/2.8, or faster, lenses and supports focusing down to -3 EV to enable working in low-light conditions. These focus points are configurable and allow homing in on specific elements within the frame to focus on, or, alternatively, all can be used to provide coverage across the frame.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
    Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a refined live view focusing technology that works to provide incredibly quick and precise autofocusing abilities that function in a similar manner to how a camcorder acquires focus. This system integrates two separate photodiodes within each pixel to provide a broad and dense network of phase-detection gathering elements across nearly 80% of the frame to help reduce focus hunting for faster, more direct control of focus placement. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is utilized during live view applications, for either still or video shooting.

    When working with still imagery, this focusing system works to acquire focus quickly and accurately, making it ideally suited to shooting and tracking moving subjects so that critical focus is attained with each shot. When shooting video, focusing is smooth and natural when changing from different subjects or different distances within the scene. Subject tracking in movies is also heightened due to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system's ability to recognize subjects and maintain focus when working within changing or cluttered scenery.

EOS HD Video
    Full HD 1080p video recording is supported in multiple frame rates, up to 60 fps, in both the MOV and MP4 file formats. Additionally, uncompressed video can be recorded to an optional external recorded via the HDMI output. In-camera video is recorded using the high quality H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec and manual exposure control is supported for greater refinement over the look and feel of recordings. Video clips are automatically partitioned after the file size has reached 4GB and both IPB and All i-frame compressions are available for use depending on editing and output preferences.

    When recording video, customizable Movie Servo AF can be utilized to adjust the focusing location, speed, and tracking intervals for fluid and smooth AF quality. Support is also available for STM lenses, which deliver exceptionally quiet and smooth focusing to benefit the overall quality of movies.

    In-camera audio is recorded using the Linear PCM format for MOV files, or the AAC format for MP4 files, and support is available for utilizing an optional external microphone during recording. Additionally, a headphone input is also available for real-time audio monitoring.

Body Design
    Featuring a durable magnesium alloy body with a shutter tested to 200,000 cycles, along with enhanced mirror and shutter drive mechanisms, this rugged camera is also sealed to resist dust and moisture for use in inclement conditions. On the rear of the camera is a bright, large 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD screen that can be used for live view monitoring, image review, and menu navigation. It features a smudge-resistant and anti-reflective Clear View II coating to better enable viewing in bright lighting conditions. Alternatively, for eye-level finding, an optical Intelligent Viewfinder II is incorporated into the design and provides 100% frame coverage, for greater composition accuracy, and an overlay display to highlight pertinent shooting settings, such as a digital level, exposure information, and other camera functions. The body design also incorporates a dual memory card slot that accepts one CompactFlash card and one SD/SDHC/SDXC card to extend file saving capabilities by permitting overflow recording or in-camera duplicating. The camera also features a range of customizable controls that can be configured to adjust a range of settings based on your personal preference.
Scene Detection System and Exposure Metering
    For enhanced precision in regard to exposure metering, an iSA (Intelligent Scene Analysis) system employs an independent 150,000-pixel RGB metering sensor, which benefits the iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) system, for consistent, precise subject tracking and exposure metering capabilities. These systems also incorporated dedicated tracking algorithms designed to recognize faces and colors, too, to support both exposure metering and autofocus functions. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Included with the 7D Mark II is the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 28.8-216mm. Covering a range of perspectives from wide-angle to telephoto-length, this lens is a highly versatile tool for use in everyday situations for both still image and movie recording. Its design integrates an STM stepping motor that provides near-silent focusing abilities with smooth and precise control. Additionally, the optical image stabilization system helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps in order to benefit working in low-light conditions and with greater zoom magnifications. One PMO (precision molded optics) aspherical lens element and one UD (ultra-low dispersion) element are also incorporated into the lens construction to help reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and an optimized lens coating has been applied, too, in order to lessen lens flare and ghosting for higher contrast, clearer imagery.
Other Camera Features
  • A built-in intervalometer permits the creation of time lapse imagery and supports recording 1-99 consecutive frames in pre-selected intervals.
  • The bulb shutter speed setting enables you to keep the shutter open as long as desired for an expanded range of creative exposure capabilities.
  • An integrated GPS Receiver automatically records location data with each exposure, including longitude and latitude, elevation, and UTC time as EXIF data, and also provides a digital compass. Movement can also be tracked at set intervals to showcase your routes taken during shooting.
  • Advanced mirror vibration control technology supports the 7D Mark II's exceptional continuous shooting speeds and helps to maintain consistent results during shooting bursts.
  • A flicker detection system can automatically warn you, in the viewfinder, when a flickering light source has been detected. The effects of these light sources can be compensated for using the Anti-Flicker Shooting function, which will automatically record images only during instances of peak light volume. This system is especially useful for reducing inconsistent exposure or color results, which are prevalent when continuously shooting in difficult lighting conditions.
  • In-camera correction for a variety of lens aberrations is possible, including the ability to control peripheral illumination, chromatic aberration, and other distortions. When working in live view, the Image Simulation Function can be utilized to monitor the effects of distortion correction for fine-tuning your results.
  • A USB 3.0 terminal is available for expedited transfer speeds between the camera and a computer or the optional WFT-E7 (Version 2) for Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Picture Style modes allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera and include Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and up to three User Defined settings.
  • Language support: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

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Specifications
Body type Mid-size SLR  
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648  
Other resolutions 4104 x 2736 (M-Raw), 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 20 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels  
Sensor size APS-C (22.4 x 15 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor DIGIC 6 (dual)  
Image
ISO Auto, ISO 100-16000 (expandable to 51200)  
White balance presets 8  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization No  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal  
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
 
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 65  
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S  
Focal length multiplier 1.6  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 1,040,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type Clear View II TFT-LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)  
Viewfinder coverage 100%  
Viewfinder magnification 1  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes No  
Built-in flash Yes  
External flash Yes (via hot shoe, flash sync port)  
Continuous drive 10.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
 
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50. 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps)  
Format MPEG-4  
Videography notes Choice of MOV or MP4 and IPB, Light IBP, ALL-I compression  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage
Storage types CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)  
Microphone port Yes  
Headphone port Yes  
Remote control Yes (wired or wireless)  
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description LP-E6N lithium-ion battery and charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 670  
Weight (inc. batteries) 910 g (2.01 lb / 32.10 oz)  
Dimensions 149 x 112 x 78 mm (5.87 x 4.41 x 3.07)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS BuiltIn


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Canon EOS 7D Mark II 20 Megapixel DSLR Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5