It’s the annual Photokina photography technology expo next week, and among the new cameras on show could be an updated edition of the wonderful Canon EOS 7D DSLR.
The Canon 7D is a professional-quality APS-C DSLR and much favoured by photojournalists, despite its reasonably affordable price. We were very much taken with it when we reviewed it – but that was all the way back in 2010. So there’s definitely scope for an updated version. And Canon are no strangers to that, having now released three different versions of the EOS 5D and god-knows-how-many (we think maybe nine?) of the EOS 1D.
Lots of new or improved features
Japanese site Digicame-info claims to have obtained a leaked image of the 7D Mark II, as well as specifications. The camera will apparently have a dust-proof magnesium alloy body; a 20.2MP CMOS sensor; dual-pixel autofocus with 65 AF points; 10fps continuous shooting; dual DIGIC6 engines; a max ISO of 16,000; a new 150,000-pixel metering system; full HD video capture at 60fps; and built-in GPS.
We should find out if these claims are on the money next week – not to mention pricing and availability details. Stay tuned, photography fans.
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Update 16/09/14: These days, leaked photos and information are about as accurate as they get. True enough, the rumours were spot on with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's hardware, with a few new details surfacing. The latest DSLR from the Japanese company also includes a 3in LCD sensor. No touch screen here, it's all for your viewing pleasure.
We had a short session with the 7D Mark II, and safe to say, this is a solid camera. Literally. You can try to smack someone with the densely packed body, but really, that's not the way to use a high-end DSLR camera. It is tough enough to resist dust and water, definitely something to consider if you're bringing it along for your next trip. The grip is astounding, even for our mannish hands (by Asian standards).
Just be mindful of the 820g weight (body only), so you can imagine how hefty it'll get with the lenses attached. For example, the new EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super-telephoto lens will give your arms a good workout. Smaller options are also available, such as the EF-S24mm f2/8 STM pancake lens (you know you want it for food photos) or the versatile EF24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
Update 27/10/14: Pricing and availability of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been announced, starting from S$2499 (body only). You can also get the EOS 7D Mark II Kit (w/EF S18-135 IS STM) for S$3049 or EOS 7D Mark II Kit II (w/EF S15-85 IS USM) for S$3499.