Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images

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When Canon announced the 7D Mark II in September of 2014, I got quite intrigued by the camera and really wanted to try it out. Like many others, I have been getting pretty tired of waiting for Nikon’s “Pro DX” refresh to replace the D300S, which came out back in 2009 (almost 6 years ago!), so I wanted to see whether such a tool would still make sense for Nikon to release based on specifications, performance and price. Sporting a high-end autofocus system with 65 cross-type focus points, insanely fast 10 fps continuous shooting speed, dual image processors, -3 EV light sensitivity, magnesium alloy construction and weather sealing, the Canon 7D Mark II is specifically tailored at sports and wildlife photographers. And with its price tag of $1799 MSRP, the 7D Mark II sounds much more appealing to budget-conscious photographers who do not want to pay close to 4x more for the much heavier and bulkier EOS-1D X.

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Canon 7D Mark II

Since there is currently no direct competitor to the 7D Mark II from Nikon, I will be comparing the camera to the enthusiast-level D7100, as it is the most capable APS-C camera today from Nikon. Keep in mind that a lot of what I say about the Canon 7D Mark II is from the standpoint of a long time Nikon shooter.

1) Canon 7D Mark II Specifications

Main Features and Specifications:

  1. Sensor: 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 4.1µm pixel size
  2. Sensor Size: 22.4 x 15.0mm
  3. Resolution: 5472 x 3648
  4. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-16,000
  5. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 25,600-51,200
  6. Sensor Cleaning System: Yes
  7. Image Processor: Dual DIGIC 6
  8. Autofocus System: 65-point all cross-type AF system with EV -3 sensitivity
  9. Lens mount: Canon EF
  10. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
  11. Body Build: Magnesium Alloy
  12. Shutter: Up to 1/8000 and 30 sec exposure
  13. Storage: 1x CF and 1x SD (SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible)
  14. Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism with 100% coverage
  15. Speed: 10.0 FPS
  16. Exposure Meter: 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  17. Built-in Flash: Yes
  18. LCD Screen: 3.0 inch diagonal Clear View II LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots
  19. Movie Modes: Up to 1920 x 1080 @ 60p
  20. Movie Output: H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV and MP4 formats, Uncompressed HDMI out
  21. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
  22. GPS: Built-in
  23. Battery Type: LP-E6N / LP-E6
  24. Battery Life: 670 (CIPA)
  25. USB Standard: 3.0
  26. Weight: 820g (excluding battery)
  27. Price: $1,799 MSRP

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF 400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 640, 1/2000, f/8.0

A detailed list of camera specifications is available at Canon.com.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 18mm, ISO 100, 1/2, f/5.6

The comparison to the D7100 is a bit tricky, because we are dealing with a different brand and a different class camera. To start off, the D7100 has a physically larger sensor and there is a 4 MP difference in image resolution. The autofocus systems are quite different, with the 7D Mark II having a 65-point all cross-type AF system vs the 51-point AF system with only 15 cross-type sensors, putting the 7D Mark II ahead of the D7100, at least on paper. Where the 7D Mark II clearly shines is the continuous shooting speed of 10 fps vs 6 fps on the D7100 and a larger buffer that allows for twice longer continuous shooting. The shutter mechanism is also rated higher on the 7D Mark II at 200K vs 150K on the D7100 and it sounds quieter in comparison. The 7D Mark II has a built-in GPS, while the D7100 does not. Where the D7100 comes out on the top is its bigger rear LCD screen with more dots, better battery life, lower weight and smaller size. The most important differences here are autofocus system, continuous shooting rate, buffer and image quality. Aside from image quality (refer to the camera comparisons page of the review), the 7D Mark II is certainly a more capable camera for capturing fast action. Like I pointed out earlier, the D7100 is not a direct rival to the 7D Mark II and there is a pretty big difference in price too, so these differences are expected…

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 800, 1/2500, f/8.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 18mm, ISO 100, 4/1, f/22.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 320, 1/1600, f/5.6

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 640, 1/1600, f/5.6

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 3200, 1/1000, f/5.6

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 200, 1/1000, f/5.6

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 4000, 1/500, f/5.6

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 55mm, ISO 100, 1/40, f/5.6

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 20mm, ISO 100, 1/125, f/8.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 20mm, ISO 100, 1/100, f/8.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 55mm, ISO 125, 1/200, f/8.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm, ISO 100, 1/200, f/8.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 20mm, ISO 100, 1/160, f/8.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 45mm, ISO 100, 1/125, f/8.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 6400, 1/1600, f/8.0

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, ISO 2000, 1/1000, f/8.0

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