There have been rumours around for months now, concerning possibly the most highly anticipated release from Canon, in some time. Certainly in the last 4 years I have been following gear releases semi-extensively.
While there is (at the time of this blog post being released), no evidence, absolutely. What so ever. Of there even being a 7D Mark II on the shelves soon OR ever. I think Canon will have missed a trick AND a dime if it isn’t on the cards, which is why I think it more than likely is going to happen. When? The future. Who knows.
Here is why I think Canon will be announcing a new and improved 7D any day now…
The current Canon 7D is by far (up until the 1D Mark III), The best sports/action camera for Autofocus speed and FPS that Canon has to offer. However, one of it’s biggest downfalls is the ISO performance (due to it’s age), similar to that of cameras such as the 550D/600D/60D variants. Because of this, I think the 7D Mark II will have a brand new sensor, possibly offering slightly more megapixels.
Currently, the first generation 7D, is that of huge popularity already with the wildlife/sports and any kind of long lens photography. Simply put. People have been, still are and will continue to buy crop frame sensor cameras, to get more reach out of those humongous white tele zooms and primes they shoot with. Especially wildlife photographers, as I know from experience. You can never get quite close enough. This is enough to warrant a HUGE point in the market, in which I personally think Canon will smash and make a shit load of money on.
The 7D, is already built like an absolute tank. It shares many physical attributions with the likes of the 5D Mark III, and I can see this button layout staying fairly similar in versions to come, simply because it works for the type of shooting this camera is marketed for. It’s a sport camera.
I definitely do not think this camera will have 4K capabilities. This would be a stupendous move from Canon if it did so, in my opinion. As I know how they have to protect their higher end offerings on the market.
7D Mark II
- 10-11 FPS
- 20MP CMOS Sensor
- Dual Digic 5+ Processors
- ISO 100-25,600 Native
- 5D Mark III Auto Focussing System
- 5D Mark III Updated Menu System
I predict this camera to only include minor improvements, but at the same time, enough to warrant a definite upgrade, especially for the improved FPS, ISO performance and AF system.
I would hesitate to guess that you would be able to take images clean of noise up until around 2500 ISO, similar to that of the 5D Mark III, whilst merging the superior focussing screen and AF performance of the 1D X and 5D Mark III cameras into the 7D, it almost leaves an open playing field between a crop frame 5D, or a full frame (real) 5D Mark III.
If these specs are even remotely near close, or there even is a 7D Mark II in the works, you can be sure it will cost in the range of 1500-2000 GBP in the first few months of release before the price starts to decline. I’ll sure as hell get one when it does.
Let me know your thoughts, and do you think those specs would be admirable for your needs? Let me know, I’d love to hear a second opinion.