by Gray Graham
The photography world is all giddy because Canon finally announced the replacement for the now legendary Canon 7D. The 7D was a camera with that was considered a professional workhorse despite having an APS-C sensor. Many professional photographers today got started with a 7D and still use it today. So is the 7D Mark II a worthy replacement.
Except for a select few who have a relationship with Canon, very few people have really been able to use this camera hands on so we are just going by the listed specs so we will list them here.
20MP Dual-Pixel AF CMOS Sensor
10 fps continuous shooting with auto-focus
65 all cross-type auto-focus sensor
150,000 RGB pixel metering sensor
Dual Digic 6 processors
Enhanced environmental sealing
Compact Flash (UDMA) and SD (UHS-I) slots
Larger-capacity LP-E6N battery
Shutter speeds up to 1/8000th seconds
Shutter rated to 200,000 cycles (vs 150,000 on 7D)
Like a lot of people after looking at the specs I must say I am disappointed. I have felt for awhile that Canon has really been incredibly slow with their updates on their camera models. People have been waiting on this camera for five years and these specs look like the camera should have came out at least three years ago maybe even four. It definitely does not compare with the likes of the Samsung NX1 or Sony A77 Mark II.
Surprisingly though there are some people that are really excited about this camera and they are who I suspect are the target market. There are a lot of older wildlife and sports photographers that want a specific camera such as this. They do not care if it has the latest technology or not, in fact I will say that many of them would have loved for GPS to not be included along with leaving out wi-fi.
While most people expect certain products to keep up with the times, some photographers are perfectly happy to have something that just does what they need and in this case that is just take still images. It is hard to look at this camera and not think it has been ready for the past few years and just came out so that Canon could keep up with the basics of the photography market before they are blown away. Only time will tell if they have guessed correctly or if they missed the boat because as all camera manufacturers today know the photography market is completely different than it was in the past.
When I am able to obtain a copy of the 7D Mark II I will give my full impressions. Until then I will keep an eye on what the masses are saying about this camera.