Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review

November 27, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

Conclusion

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is an excellent DSLR camera, with its APS-C sensor, cutting-edge auto-focusing system, fantastic viewfinder and outright speed making it a great fit for sports and wildlife photographers, especially as it doesn't cost the earth.

Featuring a near-identical control layout to the 5D Mark III, the EOS 7D Mark II makes the perfect partner to the 5D for the keen Canon shooter looking for an all-round kit. The new 65-point auto-focus system in particular is a big step forward, along with the excellent performance at higher ISOs, the fast 10fps continuous shooting, excellent metering system, impressive optical viewfinder with 100% coverage and a more refined movie making interface.

While the 20 megapixel sensor doesn't sound like a big improvement on the original 7D's 18 megapixels, in conjunction with the dual Digic 6 processors it results in better low-light performance, with an almost noise-free range of ISO 100-3200 and perfectly usable 6400, 12800 and 25600 settings. The video side of things is also very good, with a wide range of frame rates (although no 4K), more accessible interface, manual exposure, better control of sound and cutting-edge compression rates.

We would have liked to have seen an articulated LCD screen for easier composition, and the omission of built-in wi-fi seems like a very strange decision in 2014, but otherwise the 7D Mark II certainly hits the mark for both stills and video.

Although the EOS 7D Mark II's price-tag of £1,599.99 / €1,999.99 / $1,799 body-only is straying into full-frame territory, the combination of image quality, speed, precision and handling is difficult to ignore. While the Canon EOS 7D Mark II may not be the most innovative new camera of 2014, it is undoubtedly one of the most well-balanced, and is therefore more than worthy of our Highly Recommended award.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 5