Canon EOS 7D Mark II full review

Canon EOS 7D Mark II full review

 

 

  1. Fast specifications, prices, options

Welcome to the Canon 7D mark II full review. This is a camera way above the entry level DLSR, for high end enthusiasts and even professional photographers. It comes with a price range around 2 thousands dollars and it varies where you are, what currency you are using and where you buy it from.

this is an outstanding camera , it comes with a crop sensor APS-C at 20.2 MP, DIGIC 6 processor , the most advanced one currently at any Canon DLSR camera, beating even higher value bodies, and that makes a difference after few tests today. I have never bothered to pay attention to the digic number of processors as I never understood what it does, but I could feel it this time. We’ll get into it a bit later.

The Canon 7D Mark 2 has one of the most advanced focusing systems, 65 point, it it coomes with the autofocus fast tracking feature which become a standard after being implemented for the first time at 70 D. the best feature of this camera is the 10 frames per sound speed, and this is the best frame rate for a DLSR camera, almost able to do a video just by taking individual shots.

the shutter is silent, almost like other brothers in silent mode, it takes EF and EF”S mounts lenses, so from this perspective it takes the best of both worlds, full frame and crop sensors cameras.

It does have integrated pop up flash, if you want, come helpful sometimes, it shoots video a full HD at 50fps if you wish above the standard 24fps and that helps for slow motion video producers.

It comes with an impressive ISO quality and range up to 16,000 expandable to 25,600 and it performs much better than many other Canon cameras on the market today

  1. Physical features, dials, LCD, Buttons, weight, battery, card

Let’s go through the physical features to describe it in the c ontext.

this is one of the largest DSLR’s , chunky body the size of the 7D, or 5D mark 2 and 3, so it is a serious size camera that will impress. comes with the classic Canon shape, top LCD screen for fast settings, top main dial, shutter button, quick options as white balance, Autofocus drive, ISO and LCD light for the situations you are in the dark and want to see what you are doing.

The Top LCD screen is not available for entry level DLSR but it is a very useful and comes into the market starting with the Canon 70 D.

WE have back 3′ LCD screen, very sharp and high quality, but it is not a touch screen. we have the back video /photo elect and video star button, a menu scroll button, quick select button, a selection wheel, set button. On the right hand side we have the menu, info, Rate, zoom, play, and trash buttons.

Top left hand side is the main dial for camera shooting modes, Manual, Time priority,m Aperture priority, Bulb, P – creative mode and full automatic mode, also 3 custom modes that you can select.

Pop up flash, and lens release, just like ll the other cameras.

Now few goodies on the sides, this camera comes with dual SD and CF card slots which are amazing to have either for shooting more, or instant back up. This is a feature that I absolutely love as there is always risk of one cards getting en error and let me tell you how much panic you can feel in a situation when you can loose and entire day of work, and are in the position to fail your client. this can end up even worse, being sued for breaching a contract, so a real live back up system is awesome.

On the left hand side we have something that is also awesome for the amateur or professional video makers, we have for the first time, microphone input and earphones output so you can listen to the sound you are recording. as the flip out screen is not present on this camera, you have to be able to know if the sound is OK while you are recording.

you have got also a flash trigger outlet and a remote trigger jack. Also we have an USB 3 and HDMI cable outputs.

  1. Menu and settings

Canon 7D MArk II cames with a large number of settings organised like a classic Canon Menu from left to right, but this time organised in tabs and sub tabs.

you can scroll from left to right with the top dial or the back directional selector button, and from top to bottom with the same selector or the wheel.

so from left to right we have camera settings with sub option, image quality, review, beep, release shutter with no card, lens aberration, , flash control, exposure, ISO, Auto lighting optimiser, white balance, custom what balance, White balance bracketing, color space

we move on, picture style, long exposure noise reduction, HIGH ISO speed NR, highlight tone priority, Dust delete data, Multiple exposure, HDR mode

– red eye reduction, intervalometer and this is an awesome feature to do time lapse without an additional external intervalometer, bulb timer, anti flickr shot, mirror lock up,

– live shoot, Autofocus method, with the great face tracking, continuous autofocus, grid display, aspect ration, exposure simulation

– silent LV shoot and metering timer

next to the second tab dedicated for the focus, autofocus type with few new features that I have never had the chance to go into detail, next tab autofocus servo priority, lens electronic manual focus, beam assisted firing, one shot autofocus

– lens drive focus, selectable ficus points, area selection mode, section mode, orientation linked autofocus point, and some other options i did not test so far

– manual focus section patter, display during focus, visual finder illumination, autofocus status in viewfinder,

next tab is about image organisation, protect images, rotate, erase print, photo book set up, image copy, and RAW processing

– resize, rating, slideshow, image transfer and image display jump

-highlight alert, Focus point display, playback grid, histogram, movie play count, magnification, and control over hdmi

next tab refers to camera settings, we have record function card folder selection to switch between the CF card or the SD card, file numbering, names, autorotate and format card

– autopower, LCD brightness, Date time zone, language, viewfinder display, GPS settings

– video system, battery info , sensor cleaning, INO button options, RATE button function, HDMI frame rate

moving custom shooting mode, clear settings copyright info, Certification logo, and firmware version

final major tab is about custom function as a individual tab with 5 subtabs

here we go again

exposure level increments, ISO bracketing increments, bracketing auto cancel, bracketing sequence, number of bracketing shots, safety shift, and same exposure  for new aperture

– set shutter speed range, set aperture range continuous shooting speed where you can limit these settings, not sure why , but there is the option,

– focus screen, warnings in viewfinderr, LV shooting area display, dial direction during TV AV, multifunction look, custom controls

– add cropping information, defeat erase option, and finally clear all custom functions

– final tab is for you to customise your own tab of you wish

this if by far the most complex setting menu i have personally seen, but i have not touched all camera in the world, but I intend to.

there are so many options it is overwhelming, and I intend to to a long video about this in the future for people really wanting to get to the nitty gritty as there are few interesting hidden features.

4. video settings

interesting feature, we can shoot MOV files and MP4. we can do full hD 50, 25 with a lot of quality options, which I am not going through as this is about video and i know that Academy viewers are more interested in photos

5. photo test

for the photo sharpness exercise I will do the same comparison with a 70D and my classic dummy head, but in addition to that I intend to present comparisons from now on in the worst shooting conditions rather than great light, as that will tell the real difference between cameras.

6. video test

outstanding quality is all i can say. one thing that I have notice, this camera outperforms the standard canon 70D and that can be noticed in really low light situations,. the ISO quality and performance of the 7D exceed that little brother.

one thing I would have liked to have as an amateur video producer would be still the flip put screen as unfortunately if I want to create a vide on the street, I cannot film in difficult angles.

 

7. why you should buy – pros

 

there is not many reasons why you should not buy this camera

– the most important feature of this camera is speed. the 10 frames per second is enough to convince any sport enthusiast who is serious to catch some action, that there is not much better performance out there for speed.

– superior focusing system. There are so many options to set up the focus that it is actually a bit overwhelming. this camera is built with the mind set that the user is going to chase birds, running cheetahs, high speed racing, skying and boxing. a lot of action, this is the camera for it.

– quality is outstanding and the ISO performance is fantastic. This performs as good as any other CANON high quality cameras if not better

– video capabilities are top, you can do slow motion at full HD and also you have sound 3.5 mm jack

– the sound it does it is just music to my ears. just listen to this and let me know if you disagree. 3.9 frames per second, versus 7 frames per second versus 10 frames per second.

8.why you should not buy – cons

i cannot think of what you should not buy this camera other than the price if this is not in your affordability range. I am aware than for a lost of people in this works the price is prohibitive, but for those of you who can afford it, this is a no brainer.

if I really want to be picky just for the sake of argument, this camera exceeds in video performance other dslr, but doe not help for the lack of flip out screen. of course there are ways around it, to connect en external monitor or tablet, but i just said…if I want to be picky

one more down before i go, why the 70D has WIFI and this one does not…why?

9.where to buy from

I am going to place few links below where you can buy this camera from if you wish, amazong, BH photo video and adorama the biggest retailers

10.conclusion

I have played with this camera fro few days and I was absolutely impressed how easy to use it is, how much quality it can give you, how silent it performs and how fast it captures action.

I was proud of my Full frame DSLR and I always thoughts that full frame is better than a crop sensor, but playing with this, all I can tell you is that the difference no longer exists in my opinion. I am actually looking to add this camera to my bag in the near future as my own choice for a high quality and reasonable affordable alternative.

if you have any questions and comments fee free to leave them down below.
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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography