Archive for the ‘Canon 7D Mark II’ Category
Below are some points sent to me by someone who says they have spoken to a person who has shot with the EOS 7D Mark II. Some of the points are a bit vague, but could bring about better information in the near future.
This is the first I’ve heard about a megapixel count being “quite high”, It has been expected the camera would be around 24mp.
Below is a direct quote of what we were told.
- Quite high MP count
- Vastly improved AF performance
- Greatly improved low light and ISO/noise performance
- Potentially a different sensor and/or technology than expected
- Good price point
- Very close to ‘pro’ classification, but non-compete with flagship such as 1dx
- Release by Fall season as expected
- Canon holding back 7Dmk2 for a reason. I suspect 100-400 mk2 announcement, or some other coinciding situation.
A bit more about the EOS 7D replacement made its way to us over the weekend. This time we’ve received a little bit of information about the viewfinder in the upcoming EOS 7D Mark II.
We’re told the viewfinder will have 100% coverage and a magnification of 1.15. We’re told the top plate has a noticeably bigger bump around the viewfinder than the current EOS 7D.
Everything we’re hearing about the camera is coming from new sources.
More to come…
We have received a couple of specs for the upcoming replacement to the EOS 7D which lead us to believe it will in fact be a “pro” APS-C camera.
There was no mention of video features or whether or not the camera would record 4K.
- EOS-1 style top plate, which means no mode dial.
- Pop-up flash, even with the new style top plate.
- WiFi & GPS will be internal. We all figured this one.
No other specs have been given to us as of yet.
We’re hearing from more dealers around the globe that the EOS 7D is either “out of stock” or has reached “end of life”. This is all pointing to the obvious conclusion that a replacement to the camera is on the horizon.
We haven’t been told of an exact announcement date, but do expect it in August. If we had to speculate, around August 18 would be our guess.
We have been told that a new STM kit lens is likely with the EOS 7D replacement, along with an L zoom.
No one at CineGear 2014 this past weekend had any insight about a 7D replacement, not even the usual facial expressions when you mention a new product. However, top Canon dealers should be hearing about it soon. We do expect spec relation information to be very tight until well into July.
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Northlight is reporting that Canon pro dealers in Germany are being invited to events in July to prepare for August announcements. This is pretty normal, certain dealers in most countries get advanced knowledge of the upcoming gear to prepare for dealer ordering and marketing.
If the pro dealers are involved, you can expect a prosumer DSLR at least. We also expect some higher end lenses to be added to the lineup.
We’ve had our second report of the Canon EOS 7D being entered into inventory systems as reaching “end of life” in June. The second report comes from a distributor and not a retailer of Canon products.
There have been no mentions of spec lists in a whole for the upcoming and highly anticipated replacement to the EOS 7D, although there are lots of reports that the camera will be in the hands of professional photographers this month for the World Cup in Brazil.
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We were told at the end of 2013 that this year would turn out to be the “year of the lens”. We’re 5 months in and nothing has come to fruition yet. We’re still being told that this is the case, but nothing is coming until the second half of 2014, which is nearly upon us.
I do not recall a time when things were this quiet in the rumor world for Canon and new products. We do know that PowerShot announcements are coming relatively soon, most likely in May to prepare for the spring and summer buying season. The replacement of the SX50 IS will be the top end camera announced, although we have heard that a G17 is coming as well.
We get the odd bit of talk that the new EF 100-400 is being tested in Asia and it has also been suggested that this lens will be on testing stage for the World Cup in Brazil in June. Although, we’re hoping it’s announced and publicly tested on soccer’s (football’s) greatest stage. I would also assume that new bodies will be tested in Brazil, especially the follow-up to the EOS 7D. With Nikon announcing the replacement to the D300s some time soon with the new D9300, Canon will surely be doing the same thing in the prosumer APS-C segment.
For now, not much is being said and we’re hoping that changes very soon.
We’re told to finally expect some significant camera announcements from Canon in May. There will be a couple of PowerShot’s announced, most notably the SX60 IS and its 100x zoom, as well as a DSLR. The assumption on the DSLR is that it will be the follow-up to the EOS 7D.
We should also expect at least 2 new lenses, with one possibly being EF-S.
There will be a bunch of announcements in August as well, as Canon gears up for Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany.
A few bits of information about the possible replacement to the EOS 7D are trickling in, although there’s nothing I would call concrete.
We’re told again that the camera is being tested with some kind of a “hybrid viewfinder”, no details were given. Although, it’s possible the feature doesn’t make it into the production camera. A brand new image sensor will appear in the camera, with a resolution just under 25mp.
The camera will have dual memory card slots, CF and SD. Retaining CF is a big deal and will make a lot of people happy.
The camera is said to have the most features at the software level of any Canon DSLR ever, though there were no examples of what could possibly be new. I do agree this camera will have to be extremely feature rich to be successful.
It doesn’t feel like the hype machine has started yet, so I do not think the camera is “around the corner”.
Two separate folks have written in to say we should expect some kind of a DSLR announcement for NAB 2014 in April.
NAB is generally for Cinema EOS and other cameras that could be looked at as professional videography tools. For this reason, I have a hard time thinking the EOS 7D Mark II would be announced for this show, even if it is rumored to have cutting edge videography features. I think the camera will still fall into the prosumer still photographer segment with some bonus sales to videographers.
I think we’re going to be getting a lot of 7D Mark II information in the next little while, most of which being wishful thinking. I’d bet on an announcement after NAB, with Cinema EOS products being announced for the show in late March or early April. We are told to expect 2 cinema lens announcements from a separate source.
We will see another round of PowerShot announcements, headlined by the SX50 IS replacement some time this spring, I think an EOS 7D Mark II announcement at that time is more likely.
This is also a Photokina year (we’ll be there), so I suspect we’ll see a big DSLR announcement in late August for that show.
More to come…