• Sensor: Dual-Pixel AF CMOS
  • Resolution: 20MP
  • Connectivity: HDMI, USB
  • Storage: Compact Flash, SD Card
  • Mount: Canon EF Mount
  • Pros:
  • Image quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Shutter button

Return of The Prodigal Camera

Canon’s EOS 7D DSLR camera was regarded as one of the best prosumer cameras of its time. Five years later, DSLRs, point-and-shoots and the like have already evolved, and the 7D became a relic of a bygone era. Canon however thinks otherwise, and has given it several new upgrades, to be reborn as the Canon 7D Mark II.

The new 7D Mark II sports a brand new 20MP Dual-Pixel AF CMOS sensor, which is similar to the sensor used in Canon’s own 70D DSLR. Besides improved image quality, what this brings to users is an improved AutoFocus performance, which works in tandem with the 65 point cross AutoFocus system, featuring Canon’s Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system that is first seen in the Canon 1DX.

Our review unit came with a Canon 24-70 F3.5-5.6 L lens, and the quality of photos that we took with it was simply stunning, regardless in bright daylight or the dim environment of indoors. Bumping up the ISO count to around 3,200 to 6,400 region did not affect image quality much, which is a true testament to how much of an upgrade the 7D Mark II is over its predecessor.

The AF on the 7D Mark II is truly a wonder as it locks in to a scene almost as soon as you half press on the shutter. The fact that there are 65 AF points on the camera also makes it easy to adjust your AF point on the fly, so you won’t be missing a beat when it comes to taking that all-important shot.

Speaking of all-important shots, the 7D Mark II also can shoot up to about 10FPS at a go, which is great especially if you’re shooting fast moving objects or people, which is great if you’re photographing events such as a football match or a racing tournament.

The 7D Mark II is also very adept at shooting movies, as it is capable of recording 1080p movies at 60fps, with a choice to record in a couple of video file formats.

Our one complaint about the 7D Mark II however comes in the form of its shutter button. When we brought it out on assignments and such, the lack of distinction between half press and full press of the camera was very discernible, and often times we fully pressed the shutter button by accident when all we wanted to do was just refocus a scene.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Canon 7D Mark II is a camera that budding and professional photographers alike could appreciate. Its speedy autofocusing, excellent image quality and variety other bells and whistles are sure to have them excited to give this shooter a try.

(previously published in issue December 2015)

Canon 7D Mark II