Photokina 2014. First look at the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Photokina 2014. First look at the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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    Five years between the two generations of cameras – it’s too much by today’s standards. Even high-end professional SLRs are updated more frequently. After so much anticipation creeping doubts about the natural procreation Canon EOS 7D. However, Canon still has prepared a new advanced SLR and timed her entrance to the exhibition Photokina. Well, better late than never.

    Общий вид Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    General view of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Although competition in this class, there was a very serious one. Firstly, there is a Nikon model D7100. Secondly, there are strong competitors of the family as a mirrorless Fujifilm X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the latest Samsung NX1.

    It is likely that under the pressure of mirrorless niche semi-SLR with croped sensor does disappear. Canon, seems to think otherwise. Whatever it was, the latest Canon EOS 7D Mark II looks intriguing and at the show we were not able to pass.

    Specifications

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Canon EOS 7D

    Class

    SLR

    SLR

    Matrix

    CMOS,

    20 megapixel,

    APS-C (22,4×15 mm)

    CMOS,

    18 megapixel,

    APS-C (22,3×14,9 mm)

    Type of mount

    Canon EF / EF-S

    Canon EF / EF-S

    Photo Format

    JPEG, RAW

    (max resolution 5472×3648)

    JPEG, RAW

    (max resolution 5184×3456)

    Video Format

    MPEG-4, 1920×1080

    (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)

    H.264, 1920×1080

    (30p, 25p, 24p)

    Sensitivity range

    ISO 100-16000

    (expandable to ISO 51200)

    ISO 100-6400

    (expandable to ISO 12800)

    Shutter speed range

    1 / 8000-30 sec.

    1 / 8000-30 sec.

    Screen

    LCD,

    fixed design,

    diagonal – 3″,

    resolution – 1 040 000 points

    LCD,

    fixed design,

    diagonal – 3″,

    resolution – 920 000 points

    Viewfinder

    Optical,

    pentaprism,

    frame coverage – 100%

    zoom – 1x

    Optical,

    pentaprism,

    frame coverage – 100%

    zoom – 1x

    Flash

    Built-in,

    leading by 12 m

    Built-in,

    leading by 12 m

    Wi-Fi

    using an external unit

    using an external unit

    Memory

    Compact Flash cards

    and SD / SDHC / SDXC (2 slots)

    Compact Flash card

    Interfaces

    USB 3.0 / AV, HDMI, GPS

    USB 2.0 / AV, HDMI

    Battery

    Lithium-Ion, LP-E6N,

    Lithium-Ion, LP-E6,

    Dimensions and weight

    149 x 112 x 78 mm,

    820 g

    148 x 111 x 74 mm,

    860 g

    Price (body only)

    $ 1799

    (Buy from Amazon)

    $ 1129

    It is already known that the camera will go on sale in November, and in two variations – without a lens and a zoom lens EF-S 18-135 mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM. Specifically for SLR was developed Battery grip BG-E16 and the new Wi-Fi transmitter WFT-E7A version 2, but the exact timing of their arrival in the sale have not been announced.

    Design and Ergonomics

    Wait for Canon’s top-end SLR design changes would be stupid. Canon EOS 7D Mark II kept the recognizable features – black imperceptible shutter release button, the control wheel on the top panel, a number of small buttons on the secondary display, the large rear navipad and many other details, you can instantly distinguish Canon from “not Canon”.

    Weight of the unit is slightly decreased, and the dimensions, on the contrary, increased, but also immaterial. SLR remained SLR, solid and weighty. Excluding the weight of the camera optics is slightly greater than 800 g

    Байонет Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    Bayonet Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    The chassis housing is made of magnesium alloy. Canon reported a fourfold increase in the degree of security cameras from dust and moisture in comparison with the original EOS 7D. Canon fans will find enough novelty graceful and pleasant in terms of tactile sensations camera.

    In addition, experts see a direct similarity to fullfreymom 5D Mark III – set and layout of the controls in these two cameras are almost identical. Walk through the elements of the external interface.

    The front panel on either side of the lens mount is covered with a rubber anti-slip material hands. Anatomically shaped handle provides a sure grip, and on its surface can be seen the infrared receiver. Top bevel handle allocated to the shutter button. Button slightly above the surface of the panel and painted in body color.

    To the left of the lens mount is the depth of field preview button, and the right – holder of the lens. Above the lock can be seen grille stereo microphone button platoon flash, as well as the model name “EOS 7D”.

    Верхняя панель корпуса Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    The upper panel of the housing Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    The top panel looks more or less standard for DSLR Canon. To the left of the viewfinder unit is the mode dial with a lock position and turn on the power lever. Selector contains 9 items for different shooting modes, including three user modes.

    The block also contains the viewfinder and flash module connector “hot shoe.” The right side panel is a large monochrome display that is used to display the basic settings of the camera, which is especially useful when shooting using the viewfinder.

    Above the display you can see a row of four buttons, responsible for setting the white balance, AF mode, ISO setting and turn on the backlight mini display. Here is the top manager of the scroller.

    Задняя панель корпуса Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    Back panel Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    The layout of the keys on the rear panel is standard for Canon cameras and slightly changed compared to its predecessor. In addition, the identical key layout has already been used in the EOS 5D Mark III. Left of the display are arranged seven keys.

    Their purpose is intuitive for photographers. To the right of the screen is the mini-joystick to move the focus point, the mode switch “Photo / Video” button to call the quick menu, as well as a large disc with a central button navipad input and locker keys.

    Порты и разъемы на левой боковине корпуса Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    Ports and connectors on the left side body Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    On the left side two massive rubber plugs hide connectors for microphone and headphones, wired remote control and external strobe connectors and USB 3.0 and HDMI.

    Opposing sidewalls takes compartment with two slots for memory cards are SD and Compact Flash. For two cards, you can specify the tradition algorithm collaboration.

    Батарейный отсек на корпусе Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    The battery compartment on the body Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    The battery compartment is in the bottom right corner, and at a considerable distance from its cover integrated tripod thread.

    Screen and viewfinder

    Classic pentaprism viewfinder for five years, has undergone a number of revisions. Its official name sounds like Intelligent VF II, and this implies a conclusion much more information on the shooting mode. Viewfinder frame coverage is 100%, and the increase – 1x. As an accessory added a new focusing screen for more precise transmission depth of field when working with high-aperture optics.

    Display slightly added in the resolution, and was replaced by a matrix. In Canon EOS 7D Mark II used display matrices Clear View II TFT-LCD with a resolution of 1.04 million pixels. The screen is covered with a protective glass with anti-reflective coating, but the touch control it does not support.

    Functionality

    From the new APS-C leader should be expected, and a new sensor. And so it happened. Canon 7D Mark II uses a completely new 20-megapixel sensor, although the resolution is the same as in the EOS 70D. Feature of the matrix is ​​support for Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is activated to focus on the contrast in the mode of Live View, but more on that below.

    The heart of the camera is the new Dual DIGIC processor 6, more powerful than a top-end Canon 1D X. With the new chip speed burst shooting is 10 frames per second at full resolution frame-focus, and the clipboard in this mode is able to accommodate 31 frames in RAW or 1090 images in JPEG. For special occasions, there is a mode completely silent shooting at 4 frames per second.

    Процессор Canon DIGIC 6
    Processor Canon DIGIC 6

    There was also redesigned and improved the shutter and mirror lock-up mechanism. So, the resource gate increased to 200,000 clicks, and the mirror is lifted by a motor with less vibration. However, the shutter speed range remains unchanged and starts with a 1/8000, and ends 30 seconds.

    Focus system has also undergone improvement. It uses a dedicated 65-point phase-focusing sensor. All points are cross-type, although the work of the working F8 sensors is only one center. In Live View mode works contrasting focus Dual Pixel AF.

    Another improvement – depending on the orientation of the camera, you can set the grid position of the points of phase focusing. A special pride of Canon – mode object tracking and face recognition. In this case, using the same algorithm for AI Servo AF III, as the flagship in Canon 1D X.

    Suffered serious processing and metering system. In 7D Mark II uses 150-kilopikselny RGB metering sensor, superior in performance sensors such leaders as 5D Mark III and 1D X. The sensor uses a 252 zone to assess the exposure and white balance the entire frame, while the first sensor 7D worked only 63 zones.

    Another important feature of the sensor is an algorithm for estimating the illumination conditions in a high frequency flickering candlelight. This coverage is used in stadiums and in some cases the footage with other DSLRs may be underexposed.

    There are other, smaller but significant features. For example, the SLR can record timestamp can displays via the HDMI port and the scope of information from the viewfinder on top of the video, is a silent mode for movie recording, as well as optical distortion correction settings separately for the video mode. But the possibility of headphones and an external stereo microphone we have already mentioned.

    Селектор режимов съемки на корпусе Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    Of the additional shooting modes worth mentioning occurred during interval shooting, which was absent in its predecessor.

    Do not quite understand the logic of developers predpochedshih equip camera GPS module, but deprived of Wi-Fi. Manufacturer explains the fact that the camera body is all metal and that it constitutes an obstacle to the normal operation of Wi-Fi. Output is only one – to buy an external wireless transmitter. Although the same EOS 6D it does not hurt – there is Wi-Fi module was built.

    The camera got two slots for memory cards Compact Flash UDMA 7 class, as well as for regular SD card, just like a professional flagship 5D Mark III. Image recording can be carried out simultaneously on both cards, or first one, and after its overflow – to another. Also you can record RAW files to one card and JPEG – on the other.

    Встроенная вспышка Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    Built-in flash Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Canon 7D Mark II has a new battery LP-E6N, but the number of shots that can be taken on a single charge, dropped from 800 to 670 frames. These figures are for the case of shooting with an optical viewfinder without activate Live View.

    When using the display, this figure drops to 250 shots, which is 30 more than its predecessor. Good news for owners of the first EOS 7D, which will decide on the update – the original camera battery is fully compatible with the new product. Old charger is also suitable.

    Test Shots

    The sensitivity of the new matrix does not set records. However, the developer promises excellent noise performance at high ISO. The setting range is ISO 100-16000 units and expandable to ISO 51200. Noticeable jump in comparison with the first “Seven.”

    We managed to do a series of shots of the same scene in the whole range of ISO, however, the conditions were different from the standard, and the camera firmware was not final. So for the final verdict given image can be used.

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 100
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 100

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 200
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 200

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 400
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 400

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 800
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 800

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 1600
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 1600

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 3200
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 3200

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 6400
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 6400

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 12800
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 12800

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 25600
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 25600

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 51200
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ ISO 51200

    The quality of the images on the values ​​of up to 3200 inclusive claims none at all. But at around ISO 6400 noise becomes noticeable. Pronounced it gets even at ISO 12800. Well, until a maximum sensitivity can be recommended only for extreme cases.

    It is worth noting that the default is set to the upper limit of ISO 16000 and to further rashireniem range to include the appropriate option from the menu. More details about the picture quality at high sensitivity will be discussed in the review, but for now take a look at examples of shooting in everyday situations.

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 1000, 32 мм, f/4.5, 1/3200 c
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 1000, 32mm, f / 4.5, 1/3200

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 1000, 35 мм, f/4.5, 1/1250 c
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 1000, 35mm, f / 4.5, 1/1250

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 1000, 42 мм, f/4.5, 1/4000 c
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 1000, 42mm, f / 4.5, 1/4000

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 125, 95 мм, f/6.3, 1/125 c
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 125, 95mm, f / 6.3, 1/125

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 100, 18 мм, f/6.3, 1/200 c
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 100, 18mm, f / 6.3, 1/200

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 100, 18 мм, f/4, 1/1600 c
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 100, 18mm, f / 4, 1/1600

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 100, 135 мм, f/2.5, 1/640 c
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 100, 135 mm, f / 2.5, 1/640

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 125, 135 мм, f/4.0, 1/250 c
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 125, 135 mm, f / 4.0, 1/250

    At the time, Canon has asked the fashion of shooting video with a DSLR-camera, although in recent years has lost its position. Video capabilities Canon 7D Mark II were richer than expected. No, 4K video is not supported, but there are plenty of other modes. The camera can record video in Full HD with a frequency of up to 60 frames per second in the format of MOV or MP4.

    In the Video Settings, you can also select the compression method – IPB, IPB Light or ALL-INTRA. The second method is completely new for Canon DSLRs and provides a greater degree of compression to save space on the memory card.

    In addition, the camera is able to outputs uncompressed video stream via HDMI with 8-bit color coding (4: 2: 2). In this mode, however, the display turns off automatically.

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Preliminary conclusions

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II made a good first impression. It is clear that over the camera for a long time worked. If we describe it briefly, it is a combination of all the best that is in models of Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 1D X and D70. Compiling turned out quite convincing. Yet we worry about the fate camera in the light output of mirrorless favorites like Fujifilm X-T1 and Samsung NX1.

    “7D II” will go on sale in November at a price of 1799 dollars for the “carcass”. Approximately the same number are not only the nearest competitors. Set with whale zoom lens will cost $ 2,149.

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