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The Rumored Canon EOS 7D Mark II

31 August 2014 | John White Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

If like us you are into your wildlife photography, you are probably wondering when the Canon 7D Mark II is set to be released... Well, from what we can see, it is likely to be soon! Canon is expected to announce the updated model at the Photokina fair (the photography world’s leading trade fair) from the 16th to 21st September 2014.

 

According to Canon Rumors, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications are likely to be as follows:

  • - Kit lenses: 18-135 IS STM and 15-85 IS (no STM)
  • - CF, UDMA mode 7 + SD, UHS-I
  • - GPS is in the camera
  • - No WiFi
  • - Fixed LCD, with no touch function
  • - 20.2MP APS-C Sensor
  • - Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • - Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • - 65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point
  • - f/8 on center point at least, could be on more points
  • - 10fps
  • - ISO 100-12800, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200
  • - 1080p/720p both get 60fps
  • - Servo AF for video shooting
  • - Anti-flicker mode, eliminates flickers under flickering lights (e.g. fluorescent lamps)
  • - Spot metering size 1.8%
  • - Built-in flash
  • - Mic and headphones connectors
  • - Can sync time between 7D II cameras
  • - Lens electronic MF
  • - About 100% coverage OVF
  • - New Battery – LP-E6N
  • - New Battery Grip BG-E16

 

If these specs turn out to be correct, they will address some of the current 7D’s weaknesses and also add some great new features:

Dual Pixel CMOS AF: This technology enables the camera to autofocus in video mode. This is an awesome update as video focusing is not easy, especially with the unpredictablity of wildlife.

Dual DIGIC 6 Processors: The 7D doesn’t perform well in low light so a combination of the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF and the Dual DIGIC 6 Processors is likely to do wonders to low light performance in the 7D Mark II.

GPS is in the camera: If you are avid citizen scientist like us at Tracking the Wild, then you are going to love this feature! No more scrolling around on maps trying to see where you took your photo. Our platform reads the GPS data from your images making it really easy to post your wildlife sightings with accurate location information.

65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point: This is a real game changer for the Canon 7D Mark II. The current 7D only has 19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre) and generally doesn’t perform very well in low light conditions.

No WiFi: Whilst a 'nice to have', this is not the end of the world. We use the Eye-Fi wireless SD card (with CF adapter) in our 7D and it works like a dream.