Today I got the chance to hold and test one of the first production units of Canon’s new flagship .. Canon 7D Mark II . I’m doing a quick review here of the camera build, features, and my first impressions on this lovely new model.
Official Camera Features:
As per Canon’s official features, here is a list of the most important ones:
My First Impressions:
Camera Body and Build: Right from the 1st touch, the camera feels very well built and the magnesium alloy body gives a solid look and feel. The camera is well balanced with small zoom lenses (For example: Canon 24-105mm L IS USM) but I believe it will need a battery grip to feel more balanced with the bigger zooms (Above 400mm).
This is possibly the most important part for anyone thinking of getting this camera. Let me start off by saying that I’ve been using Canon cameras for the last 8 years, starting with the Canon 500D, then the elder Canon 7D, and finally this new Canon 7D Mark II. I have to say that I haven’t been as impressed as I’m now !!
If you happened to own the older Canon 7D, then you’ll instantly get what I mean here. First, the ISO performance of this new camera is indeed impressive. At ISO 1200 or 1600, I could hardly see any noise. At ISO 6400, I started to see some noise, which is equal to the noise that the older Canon 7D used to generate at ISO 1000 !!! At ISO 16000 – Yes, this is not a typo, and your eyes are perfectly fine – you still can get some very usable photos if your light conditions are good. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not trying to put false expectations. It should be absolutely expected to get noise at ISO 16000, this is not a Canon 1DX that worth $7,000. Actually even the Canon 1DX generates noise at ISO 16000.
Another pleasant finding is the performance of Autofocus. I can honestly say that the autofocus in this camera is INSANE !! With 65 all cross-type autofocus points, you can’t miss focus. Actually I would say, don’t use the 65 autofocus points unless you are tracking a very fast and active object because all the focus points will go crazy trying to lock the focus. If you are a wildlife or sports photography like me, you would probably need to use the center focus point + the 4 assisting points, or + the new enhanced 8 assisting points around the center focus point.
These are the two most important features for me, and as I said earlier, if you are an owner of the old Canon 7D, you’ll know exactly why I’m happy with these features. Here are some fine prints as well:
In Summary: This is so far a fantastically beautiful camera. If you are a wildlife or sports photographer, then this camera worth every penny of your investment.