BY GREG SCOBLETE
CANON 7D MARK II
With a revamped autofocus and blazing burst mode,
Canon’s new heavyweight hits the mark.
Parents love to remind their kids, if often through gritted teeth, that good things come to those who
wait. The Canon faithful waited five years for
a refresh of the company’s flagship APS-C
camera, the 7D. We went hands-on to see
what took so long.
At first blush, the upgrades to the 7D
seem rather modest. The Mark II’s resolution
gets only a small bump from 18 megapixels
on the 7D to 20 megapixels. The native ISO
range has been expanded from a maximum
of 6400 on the 7D to 12,800 on the Mark
II, and shutter cycles have been increased
from a maximum 150,000 to 200,000.
Canon also added an intervalometer and
bulb timer for long-exposure photography.
All were welcome upgrades, but nothing
The headline improvement, however,
comes in the autofocus, which gets a
comprehensive and impressive overhaul on
both the still and video side.
The 7D Mark II incorporates 65 all
cross-type AF points versus just 19 for the
original 7D. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF
system, first introduced in the 70D and since
migrated to its more expensive Cinema
EOS cameras, is now incorporated into the
7D Mark II and was given added sensitivity
TOP AND OPPOSI TE PAGE: The 7D Mark II borrows
the body of the 5D Mark III, but sports many of
its own unique innovations including blazing
bursts, sniper-like autofocus and a camera
body built for nature’s fury.