EOS 7D Mark II: Canon’s fastest
The EOS 7D Mark II takes the 7D series to the next level thanks to lightning fast autofocus and exceptional tracking capability. Appealing to photographers looking for a powerful and highly capable DSLR, the EOS 7D Mark II packs a 20.2 Megapixel sensor into a magnesium alloy body with superb handling. Thanks to its new focusing system and a stunning 10 frames per second motordrive, Canon’s fastest-ever APS-C DSLR is the ultimate camera in its class for capturing action.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The EOS 7D Mark II has been designed to capture split-second action. It offers photographers stunningly fast autofocus and response speed in a tough and customisable body that’s designed to perform at the limit. The EOS 7D Mark II will appeal particularly to sports and wildlife photographers and with filmmakers thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and a host of other movie making features that fit into their workflow.
- 10fps full resolution continuous shooting with selectable burst speeds and silent shutter mode.
- 65-point all cross-type AF system with iTR, AI Servo AF III, AF Configuration tool and AF area selection lever.
- 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with ISO 100-16,000 sensitivity, expandable to ISO 25,600 (H1) and 51,200 (H2).
- 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with flicker detection.
- 100% magnification Intelligent Viewfinder II with electronic overlay, customisable information display and electronic level.
- Full HD 50p (PAL), 60p (NTSC), plus Dual Pixel CMOS AF (at 30p) with manual adjustment of AF speed and tracking sensitivity.
- MP4 encoding for quick and easy sharing and file transfer.
- Uncompressed (4:2:2) HDMI output with sound.
- Improved weather resistance.
- CF and SD dual memory card slots.
- GPS with in-built digital compass.1
- Peripheral illumination, chromatic aberration, real-time distortion correction during live view shooting.
- Multiple exposure mode.
- ‘SuperSpeed’ USB 3.0 for high-speed tethering and image/movie transfer.
- 200,000 shutter cycle life.
- Interchangeable focusing screens.
- Exposure compensation +/- 5 stops.
- Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.
1 GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated including any restriction on the use of electronics.
10FPS CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
The EOS 7D Mark II inspires confidence, shooting up to 10 full 20.2 Megapixel resolution photos in a single second, recording images as RAW, JPEG or both at the same time. Infinite JPEG or 31 RAW files can be captured at 10 fps without any loss in performance (when using a UDMA 7 card), and the shooting rate can be customised to suit the pace of the subject being photographed whilst being recorded to dual CF and SD card slots.
GROUNDBREAKING AUTOFOCUS TRACKING WITH iTR
The EOS 7D Mark II’s iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF focusing system uses colour and face information to recognise and track subjects as they move around the frame and selects the correct focus point based on this information. Because the metering sensor can detect both colours and faces within the scene, it is able to provide this information to the AF microcomputer, thereby tracking subjects by using more than just contrast change information. AF responsiveness can be customised using a simple tool that adjusts the focus tracking according to the shooting environment and subject, so that other objects passing momentarily in front of the subject don’t interfere with focusing.
For maintaining pin-sharp focus while you shoot, the EOS 7D Mark II has 65 focus points to track and lock on to fast moving subjects. Each focus point is a ‘cross-type’2 meaning it can lock on to both horizontal and vertical detail quickly and accurately. To assist shooting in extreme low light conditions the EOS 7D Mark II can focus with its centre point even under moonlight conditions where light levels can be as low as -3EV.
RAPID IMAGE PROCESSING
Responsive and powerful image processing comes courtesy of two “DIGIC 6” processors. Together these processors govern every aspect of the camera’s behaviour, from autofocus and exposure metering to the processing of sensor data into high-quality stills and movies.
The extra processing power of the “DIGIC 6” processors allows data to be captured and processed faster than ever before. It enables the EOS 7D Mark II to capture full resolution RAW and JPEG images continuously at 10fps for a sustained burst speed including 31 RAWs with UDMA 7 class cards or an infinite number of JPEGs.
The “DIGIC 6” processors also facilitate quick camera response and high speed AF to deliver a performance that is perfect for capturing split-second action.
FULL HD MOVIES WITH SLOW MOTION CAPTURE
The EOS 7D Mark II is the most advanced APS-C DSLR yet for the creative videographer. Movie functions include Full HD (1080p) capture at variable frame rates from 24 up to 50 or 60fps – ideal for fast moving action or slow-motion footage that looks silky smooth, revealing the subtleties of motion on camera. At 30fps, Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides full-time autofocus, especially useful for tracking moving subjects.
The HDMI output on the EOS 7D Mark II allows recording of 1920x1080 footage in uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit, to external recorders to suit different workflows. A further added advantage is that movies can now be recorded as .MP4 files – a widely compatible format for playback with a small recording size suitable for smart phones and social media.
With a headphone as well as a microphone socket clear audio can be monitored and captured that is as sharp as the visual output.
TIMER SHOOTING FUNCTIONS
An in-built interval timer allows images to be recorded over pre-programmed periods of time – a great way to record a slowly changing scene and create time-lapse movies. For extreme long-exposure and creative timelapse photography, the EOS 7D Mark II’s shutter can be locked up in bulb mode for a specified time, or programmed to shoot at intervals from one second up to 99hrs. The interval timer allows unlimited shots as well as programmable from one to 99 exposures.
BUILT-IN GPS AND DIGITAL COMPASS
The EOS 7D Mark II can geotag images and movie clips with your exact position wherever you are in the world. Record longitude, latitude, elevation and compass direction as well as coordinated universal time. In GPS Logger mode a record of your route is recorded as you move around, even when the camera is switched off. A digital compass is also built-in, allowing photographers to accurately retrace their movements in combination with GPS data.
INTELLIGENT VIEWFINDER II
Enjoy a natural view through the EOS 7D Mark II’s viewfinder, with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage and 1.0x magnification. A customisable transparent LCD screen overlays focus and shooting information as well as a Dual Axis Electronic Level for straight horizons.
ROBUST DESIGN, CUSTOMISABLE CONTROLS
The EOS 7D Mark II has been designed for use in the most demanding situations. A magnesium-alloy body has protection against dust and moisture. For ultimate flexibility the camera includes a range of custom controls on the body including a new dedicated AF mode lever to make sure favoured settings are only a single button-press away.
2 Number of available AF points and cross-type points and dual cross-type points vary depending on the lens.
150,000-PIXEL METERING SENSOR, WITH IR DETECTION
For consistent, accurate exposure metering the EOS 7D Mark II uses a 150,000-pixel sensor to split up the scene into 252 areas. Each one is analysed and the correct exposure settings are either set automatically or recommended to the photographer. Infrared light is measured as well as light in the visible part of the spectrum, for greater accuracy in tricky lighting conditions.
EOS iTR AF works in tandem with the EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) system using the RGB+IR metering sensor to improve subject-tracking performance during automatic AF point selection. There are several ways in which the iSA system assists the iTR AF: the metering sensor's high pixel count improves face detection performance, a new algorithm improves the AF's automatic AF point selection, and for colour tracking another new algorithm improves tracking performance of non-human subjects.
Flickering light, such as that produced by fluorescent light bulbs, can cause inconsistent brightness and colour while shooting. The EOS 7D Mark II can detect such conditions and time each shot to coincide with the peak brightness of the flickering light source, for consistent results.
DUAL PIXEL CMOS AF
A groundbreaking innovation from Canon, first seen in the EOS 70D, Dual Pixel CMOS AF puts phase detection AF onto the image sensor. This has been further improved for the EOS 7D Mark II making for even faster and more accurate focus tracking and one-shot focus.
The entire surface of the sensor is lined with pixels composed of two photodiodes each, and the image plane phase-difference AF focuses using the phase-difference of the two parallax images.
Ordinary sensors have microlenses attached to each RGB pixel, and under these the photodiodes change the light into electronic signals that are distributed to each pixel. However, with a Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor, two photodiodes are linked to each microlens. As a result, two parallax images are captured at once. With Dual Pixel CMOS AF, signals from these two images are used to carry out phase-difference AF. In addition, by combining two photodiodes, the image signal can be output as one pixel making a Live View mode that is equal in quality and accuracy to a conventional optical viewfinder.
Movie Servo AF with Dual Pixel CMOS AF is beautifully smooth, and can track subjects as they move. For subjects moving at up to 30kmph, autofocus can operate naturally and smoothly without losing its hold on the subject.
The EOS 7D Mark II is the first EOS camera to give the user control over the tracking speed and responsiveness of Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This allows the user to control how sensitive the AF system is to sudden movements and the introduction of new subjects in front of the main subject.
The user can set the responsiveness to one of five settings from -2 (Locked on) where the AF system will prioritise existing subjects over new subjects entering the frame (and the AF system will react slowly to a new subject entering the AF area) to +2 (Responsive) where the AF system will respond as fast as it can to new subjects entering the AF area. AF speed itself can also be set between Standard, Slower and Slow.
20.2 MEGAPIXEL CMOS SENSOR
Canon develops and manufactures its own CMOS sensors in-house. The newly developed 20.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor provides high-resolution and control over depth-of-field, enabling the capture of a wide range of scenes from portrait to landscapes. The sensor features an advanced CMOS architecture, to achieve high dynamic range and low noise at high ISO settings, with low power consumption.
New photodiodes with improved transistors inside each pixel offer high sensitivity, while gapless microlenses offer superior light-gathering ability for enhanced image quality in low light. Canon’s CMOS technology integrates advanced noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site, delivering virtually noise-free images and a wide native ISO speed range of 100-16,000 (expandable to up to 51,200). A high-speed 14-bit signal conversion combines with two “DIGIC 6” image processors for smoother tonal gradations and natural colours. An eight-channel read-out also supports high speed shooting of up to 10 frames per second (fps) at full resolution.
‘SUPERSPEED’ USB 3.0
A first for any Canon DSLR, USB 3.0 allows faster transfer of image files from the camera to computer when shooting tethered. Because the EOS 7D Mark II can shoot 10fps stills and 60fps movies, this is very useful when large amounts of information are being captured and recorded.
INTEGRATED SPEEDLITE TRANSMITTER
The EOS 7D Mark II includes an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for optical control of remote Canon Speedlite flashguns. It acts as a master control unit in the same way that a Speedlite flashgun can be used to optically control wireless slave units. This opens up new worlds of wireless flash shooting without having to buy a master flash unit or the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2.
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