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20.2 MP CMOS sensor and ISO 100-16000 High speed continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps 65-point all cross-type AF system Stunning Full HD video with Custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables you to shoot video like a camcorder
From the Manufacturer
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera is designed to meet the demands of photographers and videographers who want a camera that can provide a wide range of artistic opportunities. With a winning combination of cutting-edge operations and a robust, ergonomic design, it is optimized to make even the most challenging photography simple and easy. The EOS 7D Mark II features a refined APS-C sized 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for gorgeous imagery. It shoots up to 10 frames per second at ISOs ranging from 100â€“16000 (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200), has a 65-point* all cross-type AF system and features Canon's amazing Dual Pixel CMOS AF for brilliant Live-View AF. It has dual card slots for both CF and SD cards, USB 3.0 connectivity and even has built-in GPS** for easy location tagging, automatically. Compatible with an ever-expanding collection of EF and EF-S lenses plus a host of EOS accessories, the EOS 7D Mark II is an ideal tool for creative and ambitious photography.
* The number of available AF points, and whether single line or cross-type, varies depending on the lens.
** In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
The EOS 7D Mark II has a newly designed 20.2 Megapixel sensor that delivers high-resolution image files with stunning detail and impressive clarity. Optimized for low-light shooting, the EOS 7D Mark II's sensor captures images at up to ISO 16000 (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200) with remarkably low noise, thanks to its improved, higher sensitivity design. Phenomenal for stills, the EOS 7D Mark II's sensor is equally up to the task for movies, delivering Full HD capture even at rates of up to 60p.
The EOS 7D Mark II's sensor works seamlessly with its Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for advanced image processing across the board. These image processors help the EOS 7D Mark II capture up to 1090 JPEG, 31 RAW, and 19 RAW + JPEG shots in a single burst for amazing action photography. Further, they enable the camera's powerful image processing on-the-fly: lens aberration, variances in peripheral illumination and image distortion can all be corrected in real time thanks to the EOS 7D Mark II's Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors.
With a new, rugged shutter designed for 200,000 cycles, the EOS 7D Mark II can shoot up to 10 frames per second to capture all the action. With super quick AF and exposure systems complementing the shutter's 55 msec shutter release time lag, the EOS 7D Mark II is tailored to meet and even exceed the speed of the action. Refined mechanics like a newly designed, more efficient shutter-drive motor and a vibration dampened mirror drive mean impressive performance for high caliber image quality, fast.
The EOS 7D Mark II camera employs an advanced mirror vibration control technology that enables the camera to support its speedy, continuous shooting capabilities while ensuring great image quality. The system uses a motor to help reduce the vibrations caused by high-speed shooting. By reducing the vibrations, the camera can achieve accurate and precise autofocus to provide steady and clear action shots at up to 10.0 frames per second.
An EOS first, the EOS 7D Mark II features 65 all cross-type AF points* for high precision AF at remarkable speed. Cross-type AF points ensure stable AF that is not influenced by the subject's shape or color. On the EOS 7D Mark II, the AF points are spread over a wide area of the frame, enabling faster AF, wherever the subject lies. With a central dual cross-type AF point of f/2.8, AF is enhanced with lenses faster than f/2.8. And thanks to this new system, AF is possible even in dim lighting as low as EV-3.
* The number of available AF points, and whether single line or cross-type, varies depending on the lens.
The EOS 7D Mark II features Canon's revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a milestone in AF speed and accuracy that unlocks the potential of Live View shooting. This advanced technology has truly changed what is possible with a DSLR camera.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF involves a sophisticated rethinking of the CMOS sensor. Traditionally, image sensors have one photodiode per pixel for recording, but the CMOS sensor on the EOS 7D Mark II has two photodiodes per pixel, 40 million in total, enabling each pixel on the sensor to both perform phase-difference detection autofocus and capture light. With phase-difference detection AF, autofocus is achieved quickly and easily on the camera. This unique AF system enables autofocus on approximately 80% of the image plane, vertically and horizontally, and helps ensure virtually no loss in image quality.
While offering performance improvements across the board for still photography, the EOS 7D Mark II is also an incredibly capable HD movie camera. Taking advantage of its Dual Pixel CMOS AF capabilities, the EOS 7D Mark II has customizable Movie Servo AF options: not only can AF location be defined, AF speed and tracking intervals can be specified too, for fluid, smooth focus transitions. The EOS 7D Mark II delivers refined and detailed image quality with Full HD 60P recording at ISO values up to 16000, has an HDMI output and records to both SD and CF cards for versatility and security during important shoots.
The EOS 7D Mark II's Intelligent Viewfinder II makes it easy to both shoot, change and confirm camera settings and shooting modes all without looking away from the viewfinder. Displaying approximately 100% of the composition, the viewfinder can show settings like shooting mode, exposure level, white balance, drive mode, AF operation, metering mode, recording format, even an electronic level and more. All of this information can be displayed by or superimposed easily over the image for review while shooting, and multiple views are customizable through the EOS 7D Mark II's simple user interface.
An EOS first, the EOS 7D Mark II offers time-lapse fixed-point shooting and long exposures without the need for a remote control. The EOS 7D Mark II's interval timer takes from 1 to 99 shots at preselected intervals, ideal for shooting flowers as they bloom or clouds drifting through the sky. Its built-in bulb timer keeps the shutter open for a designated amount of time, perfect for night photography, or to capture the flow of traffic on a street corner.
The EOS 7D Mark II is constructed of the highest quality materials, and to exacting standards that ensure unfettered performance at all times. For example, the shutter can shoot at speeds up to 1/8000 sec. for up to 200,000 cycles, the chassis is built of lightweight and rigid magnesium, and the camera's seals are built to resist water and dust. This combination makes the EOS 7D Mark II ready for almost anything.
The EOS 7D Mark II has an amazing iSA Intelligent Subject Analysis system that employs an independent RGB light sensor with approximately 150,000-pixel resolution. This sensor enables Canon's intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (iTR AF) that detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the AF point to optimize tracking. With new tracking algorithms tailored to recognize faces and colors, this system serves as a brilliant foundation to the EOS 7D Mark II's AF system.
Ideal for travel or nature photography, the EOS 7D Mark II's built-in GPS* can record longitude, latitude and altitude data as EXIF data, can track movement at set intervals with its logging function, and can even set the camera's internal clock to local time! When using the logger function on a computer, you will see the exact route you travelled, and the map will show you where and when you took each image.
* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
The EOS 7D Mark II comes with a 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor for shooting videos and stills. Displaying fine detail (at approximately 1.04 million dots), this screen is perfect for composing and reviewing images. Thanks to a solid construction between the monitor's resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, reflections are minimized, and the display can be viewed with reduced glare. The LCD's surface is treated with a smudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints and maintain a bright, clear image display.
The EOS 7D Mark II features a new flicker detection system that not only alerts the user in the viewfinder, but with the camera's Anti-Flicker Shooting function can compensate for flickering light sources, taking shots only at peak light volume. This feature is useful for minimizing disparities in color and exposure, especially during continuous shooting in sub-optimal lighting situations.
To help photographers with achieving high quality images, the EOS 7D Mark II corrects image distortions like peripheral illumination, chromatic aberration and distortion, in-camera, as the image is recorded. When shooting in Live View mode, the results of distortion can even be monitored in real time through the EOS 7D Mark II's Image Simulation Function.
The EOS 7D Mark II features a USB 3.0 digital terminal for fast transfer to PCs and printers, plus offers connectivity to Canon's WFT-E7 (Version 2) for wireless transfer and Wi-Fi® compatibility.
NOTE: For connecting an interface cable to the USB 3.0 terminal, a cable protector is included with the EOS 7D Mark II, and must be used at all times to protect the camera's circuit board.
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173 of 180 people found the following review helpful.
A nimble camera with cutting edge AF
By P.K. Frary
Shooting with the 7D MKII was immediately intuitive and natural: operation, balance and appearance are similar to my old 7D. While it felt like an old friend in my hands, the 65-point AF array is what got me to lay down my hard earned cash. Here are my impressions about the 7D MKII after a month of shooting.
CONSTRUCTION is superb: magnesium body, matte black paint and heavy duty weather seals. Appearance is nearly identical to the old 7D save for the small plastic bump topside for the GPS antenna. In hand it feels confident and solid. The thick textured rubber and finger groove make for a secure grip.
The 3.0" 1,040,000 dot LCD is vivid and clear in most light--save for direct sunlight--but only a minor improvement over the old 7D. It's disappointing Canon didn't bump it up to a larger size or add touch screen ability.
The shutter sound is softer than the original 7D but louder than a 6D. Silent drive mode fades operation to pianissimo, but with slower performance, making it ideal for ceremonies.
CONTROLS: Most controls are the same as the old 7D but with some reshuffling and additions. The biggies are a dedicated "Rate" button, a larger and repositioned DOF button and a programable "spring" lever around the joystick. Controls feel solid and can be operated by feel while looking through the viewfinder.
The lever is the most useful new control. At default programming, it cycles through the six AF area modes. Its placement next to the joystick makes switching AF modes and subsequent selection of AF points faster and more intuitive than the 7D and 70D. Like the 7D before it, my preferences are user selected single point or zone focus. Trusting a computer to pick the subject is often iffy.
The 7D2 offers another first: the ability to set up both the AF-On and * buttons so one activates Servo AF and the other One-Shot. Ideal for subjects that move but suddenly stay still, e.g., tracking a bird in flight that lands. This setting is under C.Fn3: Disp/Operation => Custom Controls. Select the buttons you wish to customize, press "Info," and, finally, make your selection in the "AF Operation" detail. Many other custom AF options are valuable as well.
AUTOFOCUS: The all cross-type, 65-point AF is the headline feature. Frame coverage is huge, besting any EOS before it. Off-center subjects are a snap: pick any AF point and focus is blazing fast and accurate. Low light AF is also vastly improved: locks in murky light the old 7D struggled in, e.g., dim night club and theatre stages. It drove my EF 300 4L USM and EF 70-200 4L IS USM lickety-split. AI servo and iTR effortlessly tracked brides, runners and bikers across the 65 AF points. Metering is tied to the active AF point and effortlessly adjusts to changing subject light. The keeper rate of moving subjects is nearly double that of my old 7D. And with buffering enough for 30 RAW images (fast CF card), that's a lot of keepers!
The only AF nitpick thus far is my existing lenses needed micro adjustment (calibration) for optimal sharpness. Oddly, most of these same lenses were fine at default on my old 7D.
IMAGE QUALITY: I processed RAW images in DPP 4.1 and was pleased with detail, color rendition and noise control. There is little difference in low ISO noise compared to the 7D. In fact, image quality is very similar to the 7D from ISO 100 to 800, i.e., excellent. At ISO 1600+ the 7D MKII pulls away from the 7D: a level less noise, but that noise is devoid of banding and more grain-like. This type of noise is easier to control with noise reduction plug-ins. I was able to easily squeeze out another stop of acceptable high ISO over my 7D.
VIDEO: Contrast detection AF during video and LiveView is a mammoth improvement over the 7D: responsive, accurate and a camcorder-like movie servo mode. Wish it had a touch screen for focus-pulls. That said, the improved contrast detection AF is a great feature.
VIEWFINDER: The 100% coverage and 1.0x magnification are the same spec as the old 7D but with improved clarity and brightness. Even with a F4 zoom the viewfinder is a joy to use: bright, smooth and vivid. Like an EVF, the transmissive LCD display--transparent LCD over the focusing screen--can display icons, AF patterns, metering patterns, grid and plain matte screens and an electronic level. You can choose not to display most of it. I stick with just the grid and active AF points.
FLASH: The popup flash is fine for fill and snapshots, and functions as a wireless E-TTL master. My 430EX II worked well as a slave bounced off walls and ceilings. Both bounce and direct flash images were well exposed. FEC was rarely needed.
GOTCHAS: Not many nitpicks but battery life is 300 or 400 images less than my old 7D, even with GPS disabled. I assume the upgrades to 65-AF point array and Dual DIGIC 6 image processors demand more power. Carry a spare LP-E6 or two.
FINAL BURB: The 7D MKII is a marriage of "classic" 7D form factor with a tweaked 70D CMOS and cutting edge 65-point AF array. Toss in GPS, Movie Servo, a large buffer and that's the 7D MKII in a nutshell. It's a pleasure to use and difficult to make it miss focus or get a bad exposure. While the 7D MKII is more like the 7D than different, it's a significant upgrade over the original 7D in AF performance, noise control at high ISO and weather sealing. It's the real deal for sports, BIF and adverse weather shooting.
163 of 175 people found the following review helpful.
Results of two days hands on experience + hours with BIG manual + watch tutorials
On Sunday I had my 7DII for two full days. I got one day shipping. The 7D replaces my 60D.
I found the photos from the 7D are sharper then the same scene shot with the 60D. (I mounted my 70-300 mm L lens on a tripod, then switched cameras to shot the same scene.) The viewfinder is brighter and has more contrast.
One of the first thing I found was that the controls for navigating the various menus are very different between the 60D and 7DII. The menus are very similar but the means of navigation are different.
The 7DII is not a point and shot camera. I spent considerable time going through the 550 pages full instruction guide. Since I shoot landscapes I could skip much of the manual. That is the pdf version that comes on the CD. Not the 180 page BASIC instruction guide. How someone could spend 45 minutes in a store during which he bought a card and battery then gain command of this camera indicates the quality of his effort. The auto focus is very complex since it supports still and moving subjects. It is easy to see why the camera would not focus well right out of the box. The problem is not the camera but rather the operator.
The 7DII is a very customizable camera. It can be tuned to the particular type of shooting a user does - wildlife, landscape, etc. But a very tunable camera requires study. However, the basic 180 page manual shows you how to simply take pictures
The 7DII is so customizable that Canon has prepared 6 tutorials to explain these capabilities: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/galleries/galleries/tutorials/eos7dmarkii_tutorials.shtml. If you are really into photography and want to create your own camera, the 7DII is the way to go. The customization is really oriented toward fast action shooting. Practically every setting is viewable in the viewfinder and can be changed with a push of a customized button. It seems to be junior version 1DX.
All in all I found the 7DII to be a substantial upgrade from my 60D.
One difficulty with this camera is that Adobe does not yet support it. (Canon may have been unwilling to pay Adobe enough.) I shoot RAW. To post a picture here I must first process the photo using DPP, etc. Just not worth the effort. However, I could compare the CR2 images using Windows Photo Viewer. I could examine the comparable photos at 200% in DPP.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful.
Autofocus is now correct thanks to a firmware update!
NEWEST (and I'm pretty sure FINAL) UPDATE, 09/09/2015:
I had to make one final update to this review: Canon has fully corrected the focus problems with the EF-S 17-55 mm lens with firmware update version 1.0.5! Single point focus with the center point now works perfectly at all focal lengths of this lens.
My EF-S 17-55 mm is now spot on using the center point, with only mild AFMA corrections of W=-1 and T=+2. This is way better than the +5/+6 values I had previously, and even with those corrections the camera still missed focus using the center point, as I described in my earlier updates. Now, it's pretty much perfect.
So, if you're reading this review for the first time, read the ORIGINAL REVIEW, below. With autofocus of the 17-55 lens now correct, everything I originally wrote is unconditionally true. If you want to see what all the fuss with the autofocus was about, skip down the page to see the previous review updates that describe the focus problems.
Canon, my hat is off to you. Well done. Back to 5 stars from 4.
An exceedingly good APS-C camera body that offers pro level features at a hobbyist price. This camera will excel at sports and wildlife shooting, as well as doing a great job on just about everything else.
The interface is consistent with Canon pro and prosumer DSLRs, especially the 5D3. It does a good job accommodating the many different tracking modes and many different focus point layouts of the sophisticated autofocus system. Focus point or area selection is quick and greatly aided by the thumb lever on the joystick. The lever is not at all easily activated by accident, and I have large, strong hands and a touch that could hardly be described as light. If, however, it is a concern that the lever might be activated accidentally, it can be deactivated with a lockout switch at the lower right of the body. The inclusion of a locking shooting mode select wheel is welcome. The viewfinder is impressive, both bright and with 100% coverage, and is capable of displaying an enormous amount of shooting information as well as gridlines and a digital level. Actually, the viewfinder can present so much information it can be overwhelming, but you can choose exactly what shooting information you want to show, and leave out the rest. The button layout is also typical Canon, which I like quite a lot. You can also customize most of the right hand buttons, the joystick, and the top and back dials with a variety of functions. Bottom line is this is a typical Canon interface with some very nice evolutionary touches.
ISO performance and overall image quality -
Much has been debated about this camera's ISO capabilities. Many have decried it as being below state-of-the-art of sensor performance. My impression of the ISO performance is that it's excellent for a crop camera. 100% views of RAW images that I've shot show very acceptable noise even at 6400 ISO. The luminance noise is finely patterned, and looks considerably like actual film grain. The color noise is relatively well controlled, and cleans up easily with software. With some modest noise reduction in post processing, nearly every photo I've taken at this ISO reaches quality I'd be happy to print at 13 x 19. Ordinary exposure pushing and pulling on badly exposed shots (within 2 stops, sometimes 3 ) does not destroy the image, and certainly doesn't create the horrible blotches and bands I've seen with the Canon 50D and the original 7D. The Mark II is also a bit sharper and less noisy than the 70D up to ISO 6400 (which is as far as I compared them). I am quite pleased with this, and I can say I'm giving up little if anything in image quality to any other crop camera around. It's good enough that I'll gladly use this camera for all purposes, including portraits and landscapes. If you must have less noise, then you really should move to full frame.
At the time of writing this, the only photo editing software that can display 7D2 RAW files is Canon's own Digital Photo Professional, which is mediocre (but free). Still, even using this software, I'm getting lovely images from the Mark II. It'll be really interesting (and fun) to see what happens when companies like Adobe and Phase One update their editing software to convert the Mark II RAW images. I'm willing to bet my workflow for processing images in Phase One's Capture One will become super simple, because I won't have to spend as much time trying to clean up noise without trashing the overall image quality.
***Update on RAW conversion: Adobe and Phase One have updated their software to edit 7D2 RAW data. I have both Adobe Camera RAW and Capture One, but so far I've only used Capture One. As I had hoped, my workflow in Capture One is very simple. Image noise cleans up quite well, and I usually don't have to stray from default noise reduction settings unless I've underexposed the image at 1600 ISO or higher. Highlights recover quite well. I estimate there's enough latitude to safely overexpose at the highest tone value by about 1 stop while still being able to recover the highlights. The images also sharpen well, and have excellent contrast using the default tone curve (Capture One's "Film" curves). In short, I haven't had to spend more than a few minutes editing to get high quality images. For the best looking images at high ISO, I strongly recommend slight overexposure of midtones (expose to the right) followed by highlight recovery in the software of your choice, if necessary.
Autofocus performance -
AF is quick and exceedingly precise. With the lousy weather I've had little chance to see how well the 7D2's new autofocus tracking system works when challenged, but I did have no trouble getting shots of a jumpy squirrel that was flitting around a tree (I was about 40 feet away, shooting with a 70-200 f/2.8). I took about a dozen shots, all in focus. The spread of the 65 AF points is excellent, so I had no trouble always having a focus point available for the little critter. For static shooting under ambient lighting, I'm seeing very few out of focus shots, and nearly all of those were due to a beat-up Canon zoom lens I have that has faulty autofocus to begin with. I've also missed a couple of test shots of black or dark objects in a dim room, but otherwise in low light the focus has been remarkably good. With f/2.8 lenses I get consistent focus lock in about -2EV light, which is quite dim (I estimate it takes about 1.5 seconds to lock focus at this light level). This is consistent with Canon's specification that the camera will focus down to -4EV with f/1.4 lenses; actually, the performance is possibly a little better than the Canon specification (I say "possibly", because the amount of light a lens passes isn't just determined by aperture). Overall, this is pro level autofocus. A really neat antiflicker mode allows for shooting under stadium or gym lighting at high speeds while keeping the exposure uniform from frame to frame, instead of occasionally having darker frames due to light flicker.
I've had no problems using this camera body with third party lenses. Interestingly, I have a Tokina 11-16 lens that on two other Canon bodies has had flaky autofocus, especially when focusing to infinity. This lens on the 7D2 works perfectly, and I'm now able to leave it in autofocus mode all the time, whereas before I'd have to frequently use manual focus.
Canon rates the shooting speed at 10 fps. I'm not getting 10 fps. With a 1066x UDMA 7 Compact Flash card I'm getting over 10, and to the best of my ability to measure, closer to 11! The buffer is deep enough for bursts of 31 full size RAW images, and something like 1000 full size JPGs. Again, this is performance usually associated with professional cameras.
Build quality is excellent. The thing is solid as a rock, feels good in the hand, and allows for easy handling of large lenses. The new shutter is relatively quiet for a DSLR, which is a nice bonus. A recent tear down of the 7D2 published online shows it has outstanding weather sealing, among the best ever in a DSLR.
The 7D2 is a battery pig, even with GPS off and screen set to auto brightness. I estimate that one might get 350 RAW frames from a single LP-E6 battery if lucky (I've yet to blow off a battery completely, but based on shutter count when removing a battery with about 15% estimated capacity remaining, 350 shots is probably right). The omission of WiFi has been criticized, but if they had managed to include it the additional power draw would have been made the mediocre battery life rather poor. Unfortunately the Canon original LP-E6 is quite pricey, and the Canon LP-E6N that comes with the camera is even pricier. However, there are a couple of third party solutions that work, but don't count on them having the same quality as the Canon original. Some brands are really iffy, and even the better ones have spotty performance from battery to battery. I use LP-E6 equivalent batteries from SterlingTek, which will work in the charger and are chipped so the show shot count and battery life when installed in the camera. They seem to work pretty well, but don't have quite the life of the Canon original.
***Update on battery life: the number of shots I can get is heavily dependent on my shot rate. Shooting at high speed consumes far less power per shot than taking single shots. Perhaps this is because I'm more likely to examine a single shot on the display, which consumes power. Or, possibly in single shot I'm more likely to take time setting up and will activate the focus several times before shooting, which drives the lens and the image stabilizer, using more power. Interestingly, I also seem to get more single shot frames if I first run off a hundred or so high speed burst frames, and then resume normal single shot shooting. This is a bit unexpected because Li ion batteries usually show less capacity as discharge rate increases, and I'd assume the high speed shooting is a high discharge case. But who knows - what I do see is that with a combination of high speed and normal shooting I can hit 600 to 800 frames per battery.
There appears to be a firmware bug involving the digital level. If the camera goes to sleep while displaying the level on the LCD, it may freeze in the sleep state requiring a battery removal. The thing is I've had it happen twice but haven't been able to deliberately reproduce it, so it's either random or there is a specific set of operations that I unknowingly performed to get it to happen. Likewise, there are a couple of instances in the interface where the icon used to represent a custom function is incorrect. I suspect both of these items could be easily fixed in firmware.
I'm not a fan of the skinny little exposure meter that is set off to the right side of the viewfinder when in Manual shooting mode. I believe this comes from the Canon 1D. When shooting a backlit subject, it's almost impossible to see the meter. There should be an option to use the meter at the bottom of the viewfinder for Manual mode. At present, the meter at the bottom only works in the other shooting modes, such as Av, Tv, P, etc.
The red flash in the viewfinder to confirm focus lock is too dim to be seen outdoors, even on a cloudy day (that is, if you set it to come on under all lighting conditions -- by default it's set to come on only in low light). However, this is probably due to the fact that the viewfinder is inherently bright, so I guess it's a good trade-off, because I really like the bright viewfinder. It just means I have to turn on the focus lock beep when outdoors.
***Update on a user interface issue: I've come to dislike having the button to enter the mode to magnify a recorded image placed on the left, while the image zoom and position controls are on the right. Because the left hand is really for camera support, it shouldn't have to be used during routine shooting operations like viewing an image that was just snapped. All such operations are best performed with the right hand. It's inefficient to have to reposition the left hand to activate the magnifier, and it also deviates from Canon's previous convention for this operation.
Things of note that I didn't test, or that may be drawbacks (though they aren't to me):
The 7D2 also does 1080p/60 video, but I'm not a video shooter, so I have no comment about it.
There is no WiFi on this unit. To me, it doesn't matter, because I'm never in a situation in which I'd want to transmit files immediately. Shots I take with a DSLR aren't meant for Instagram or Facebook, so I have no need to upload them immediately. I use my phone for that. The one possible drawback is that built in WiFi could have allowed for remote control with a smartphone, but again, there are other control options that are reasonably convenient, so I'm not bothered by it.
The LCD screen does not pull out and articulate. This is because a movable screen would have lessened the weather sealing of the camera. Again, to me this is not an issue, but this could be a big drawback for purposes of shooting video, so be aware of it. Likewise, there is no touch screen.
This isn't a camera that has one or two big out-of-the-park improvements that make it revolutionary, although the new AF system comes really close. However, as a total package, it's a pretty remarkable camera. The Mark II is currently so new that it's not cheap, and will probably stay at MSRP for a while, but if it's within your budget I think even at full retail you get a lot of camera for your money, especially considering that the next big overall performance gains in the Canon line will run $1k to $4k more at street prices. I give the 7D Mark II a solid recommendation.
FIRST REVISED REVIEW:
I'm revising my original review from five stars to two. As with a number of other users, my camera is now having a problem with autofocus. The particular issue is that it cannot correctly focus a static subject farther away than about 100 feet, when using a Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens at wide angles (17 to about 30mm) and shooting in one shot mode with the center autofocusing point. About half the time it front focuses terribly, to the point that the actual plane of focus is much closer than half the distance to the subject. I'm not talking small, low contrast, low light subjects here -- I'm talking city buildings (for example, the United States National Archive), shot straight on, in broad daylight, from 100 to 500 feet away.
The camera and lens (both bought new at the same time) have been back to Canon three times for repair. Each time they come back the Canon Repair Center has declared them without flaw, yet they continue to give the exact same incorrect focus results. Canon USA technical support has seen the photos I've taken that show this problem, and they agree there is definitely an issue, but the Canon Repair Centers have been unable to resolve it. I have also tested the body with another copy of the 17-55 lens, and the results were the same. Also, the lens focuses perfectly well in Live View, and also has no autofocus problems on my other Canon bodies.
Search the internet and you will find multiple reports of users with this and other autofocus problems. Please note I am an extremely experienced hobbyist photographer, and through my profession as a scientist I have years of experience designing and building optical systems, so this is not a matter of technique or unfamiliarity with the camera.
I'm guessing (hoping) that not all 7D Mark II cameras have this or other autofocus problems, but it seems that enough have it to make the risk of getting a faulty one uncomfortably high, in my opinion. Until more is known about these issues, I recommend against purchasing the 7D Mark II. If you do purchase it, please test it thoroughly with all of your lenses under your intended shooting conditions (i.e. shooting wildlife, landscapes, portraits, etc.) within the return period, so you can get a refund or exchange if you do get a bad one.
SECOND REVISED REVIEW:
I'm increasing my review from 2 stars to 4, because I have a workaround for the focusing issue with the Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens (see PREVIOUSLY REVISED REVIEW below, for details of the problem). With this workaround, this camera becomes really outstanding.
FURTHER TESTS (skip below to WORKAROUND if you want see the solution). I tried a brand new copy of the 17-55 mm lens on a second camera, and it displayed the same problem as before. Likewise, a Sigma 17-50 f/2.8, which is similar to the Canon, also had this issue. However, a Canon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 did NOT have this problem at 18 mm f/3.5. The chief difference of this lens is the slightly slower aperture. At this aperture, the center focus point reverts from a dual cross to a single cross type point (this is true on the 7D2 for any lens with less than an f/2.8 max aperture). This might indicate that the problem is with the diagonal cross sensor, which is the sensor that becomes inactive at max apertures less than f/2.8. Then again, the camera works without problems with a Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 at 16 mm, and the cross diagonal sensor should be active for this lens. Also, I tested the 17-55 with external apertures made from tape on the rear element that reduced the max aperture to about f/4.0. With this aperture, lens still had the same problem.
So, to sum up: two separate new 17-55 lenses showed this focus problem from 17-35 mm with two separate new 7D Mark II bodies. The Sigma 17-50, which is very similar to the Canon 17-55, also had this problem. The Canon 18-55 f/3.5 shot at 18 mm did NOT have this problem, neither did a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 shot at 16 mm.
I suspect that this is a firmware problem, and I now believe it occurs in all combinations of the 7D2 and 17-55mm, but not everyone has noticed it yet. This is because it doesn't always happen. For example, I can take shots from several hundred feet away of one building that are in focus nearly every time. But then I can shoot the building right next to it, and those shots will be out of focus nearly every time. I don't think it's hardware, because the problem is so specific to a narrow focal length range of the the affected lenses, and doesn't show up with other very similar lenses (the 18-55 and the 11-16). Of course, this is just my speculation, and it could be a hardware problem after all.
WORKAROUND: Simply don't use center single point focus in One Shot Mode from 17-35 mm on the Canon 17-55 or Sigma 17-50, and use zone focus instead (zone focus is the 3x5 array of focus points). You can try expanded center single point (these are the focus modes represented by the center single point surrounded by "smaller" focus point squares), but I found that while it was more reliable than just the center point on its own, it was not as good as the zone focus. With zone focus, I can nail focus 95-99% (and by "nail" I mean complete visual agreement with Live View) of the time on static subjects that the center point alone will miss, and that includes the troublesome landscape shots that were at the center of the whole problem to begin with. You'd think that with the zone being as big as it is, that you'd get a lot of shots where the camera has focused on something at the zone edge instead of your intended subject at the center. But amazingly, this focus mode is incredibly good at picking out the central target and optimizing focus around that when in One Shot Mode. Of course, at least some of that has to do with the generous depth of field that exists when shooting at 17-35 mm at a good distance, but that certainly doesn't entirely account for how accurate zone focus is. The zone mode just seems really well designed and implemented, in complete contrast to the troublesome center point.
Just to be clear, the "zone" is the 3 x 5 matrix of autofocus points that is in the middle of the frame. This is not the "large zone", that encompasses the entire block of points in the frame center. Consult the manual if you're having trouble identifying it.
Above 35 mm, the center point works great, which is perfect for portraits where you're framing in close and want to hit focus on a persons eyes.
In short, I can now finally use my camera productively and enjoyably. I certainly hope that this same method will work for others having this problem. Please leave a comment letting me know if you've had this issue, and if this workaround solved it for you.
I'm only going to four stars, because there is definitely a problem with what is usually a very important focus method for landscape and interior architecture photos on the single best lens Canon makes specifically for its APS-C cameras. 17-55 mm is an ideal general focal length range for the APS-C format. Also, the fixed f/2.8 aperture allows low light shooting and maximum creative flexibility. Right now, Canon does not make another single lens that embodies these qualities, so for those of us who really want them there aren't any alternatives that don't involve buying two lenses. The workaround is great, but it is frustrating to have to use it instead of the single focus point mode that is the customary norm for doing this type of shooting.