No end of surprises, a Canon 7D Mark II arrives. The “II” pretty much says it all (I’m sure its a very nice evolution of same-old, not a criticism of that model). Where is the 50 (or at lest 40) megapixel Canon full frame after 5 years of all but frozen full-frame offerings? Maybe it’s still to be announced (which year is open to debate).
If I can wake up at 03:00 AM tomorrow (tonight), I’ll have something of great interest to a certain group of shooters. If not, then maybe 7AM or so. Along with first examples if UPS shows up in about two hours as expected.
David S writes:
I think that the big hole in the 7D Mk II specs is no 4K video. I think that that’s a much more gaping omission than no increase in pixel count. As you point out, the Mk II is about gradual progress with improved auto-focus for both stills and video – the improvements here seem to be quite significant though. The original 7D lagged the 5D Mk III in AF performance quite noticeably (I know from personal experience with both cameras) but the 7D II should fix that and make it as good as or better than the 5D III in that regard.
fter all, AF is where DSLRs really shine and makes them an optimum choice for sports, wildlife, candid shots or any situation where fast and accurate AF will deliver the best image quality; that’s where mirror-less can’t compete with DSLRs, when fast AF speed is of the essence for optimum image quality. The new Dual-Pixel sensor should also bring a significant improvement to video auto-focus (although auto-focus when shooting video is probably still risky for many situations). The headphone jack and uncompressed HDMI output are also good additions for videographers.
DIGLLOYD: All good points, particularly on 4K video. DSLRs have always produced marginal video of any kind to date IMO, ironically outshone by far by cameras like the Panasonic GH4.