Today – September 15th, 2014 Canon USA announced that it’s 5 year old pro-grade EOS 7D APS-C (Crop Frame) Sensor camera is getting an upgrade. Available starting November 2014, brand new EOS 7D Mark II gets a significant boost in performance over its predecessor, as well as a host new features, such as built-in GPS, to keep photography professionals interested in a crop frame camera.
One of the more significant upgrades is the new 65-Point All Cross Type autofocus (AF) system that works in conjunction with Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and precise focus in photos and videos, making the camera appealing to professionals that work in high pace environments such as sporting and social events. Such events can often be held in harsh weather environment so to keep 7D mark II competitive in such fields Canon has incased the camera in a sturdy magnesium alloy body which should make it more resistant to the elements.
With the help of Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors featured in EOS 7D Mark II, cameras Continuous Drive mode has been upgraded from 8 to 10 fps. Canon has also slightly increased image size to 20.2 MP. With increased buffer size you can now take up to 31 RAW pictures continuously. Camera’s high end ISO range has doubled as well. And videographers amongst us will find that 7D Mark II is now capable of shooting movies in full HD at 60fps (unfortunately no 120fps) in MP4 or MOV formats, although many have hoped that it would be capable of shooting 4K footage, but that stays exclusive to their cinema lineup. To cope with the modern workloads EOS 7D II camera will feature larger capacity LP-E6N battery and increased storage options (SD/SDHC/SDXC). The camera will also have a built-in GPS receiver to keep exact location coordinates.
Available at all authorized Canon dealers November 2014 for an estimated retail price of $1,799.00 (body only) and $2,149.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.