THERE WAS AN element of disappointment at Photokina 2014 when Canon didn't release a 30- to 50-megapixel DSLR to match the Nikon D810. I was convinced it was going to happen! Instead, the featured camera was the EOS 7D Mark II which certainly has some very impressive features and, let's face it, the 20-megapixel sensor is more than most people need.
So let's get over the pixel envy and check out what the 7D Mk II has to offer. Harnessing technologies found in the flagship EOS-1D X, the 7D Mk II can capture an incredible 10 frames per second (fps) without a drop in resolution thanks to new Dual DiG!C 6 processors. And with 65 cross-type AF sensors, focusing accuracy has been beefed up, especially with the centre point offering dual cross-type focusing at f2.8 and the AF system operating down to EV-3. That's excellent low-light sensitivity.
Additionally, you can tailor the AF system with a customisable menu similar to the EOS-1D X, providing free reign over sensitivity and subject tracking, while a new dedicated AF Mode Selection lever lets you instantly switch between AF area modes without taking your eye from the viewfinder. It's an ideal camera for sport, action and wildlife.
The sensor itself is APS-C size and features a native ISO 100-16,000 range, expandable to ISO 51,200. Together with an advanced high-resolution 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and innovative flicker detection, the EOS 7D Mark II should have no trouble nailing the exposure under a wide range of lighting situations. We're looking forward to testing the camera and seeing if its low light performance matches that of the 1DX.
The new camera is very adaptable to the way you shoot, offering customisable body controls, while a new Intelligent Viewfinder II with approximately 100% coverage lets you shoot and change settings while looking through the viewfinder, so you don't need to take your eyes off the action.
Finally for the videophiles, cinematic movie operation captures every split second of the action in Full HD quality, with a choice of frame rates from 24p to 60p for smooth movement and slow motion effects. It also supports uncompressed HDMI external recording including audio.
To read more about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, visit www.canon.com.au.