Canon EOS 7D Mark II We’ve heard a bit of talk recently about the follow-up to the EOS 7D. The same sort of time frame is still mentioned, an announcement in Q2 of 2014.
One suggestion is the 7D Mark II will become a bit more video oriented. So beyond a “pro” APS-C camera, it will also be highly desirable for the videographer. The camera as such will also retail well above the EOS 70D.
We’re also told any follow-up to the EOS 7D will get a new sensor and not use the 20.2mp sensor that is found in the EOS 70D.
From The Digital Picture Bryan at The Digital Picture has completed his review of the very good Canon EOS 70D.
Says Bryan about the EOS 70D “In addition to a feature roll-up, the 70D gets brand new technology and becomes what is arguably now the best all-purpose Canon DSLR camera available without facing the much bigger price required to step up to the full frame models which currently start at $1,999.00 USD. The 70D’s reasonable price will have a big influence on its selection by many.”
From DXO Mark The Canon EOS 70D has been put through the paces by the folks at DXO Mark.
The highest rated APS-C sensor from Canon. That sounds great, until you see that it only scored 2 points more than the previous 18mp sensor found in countless Canon cameras. There are improvements in color depth, dynamic range and ISO performance. The sensor also has the highest pixel density in the aps-c lineup, so high detail rendering should be improved.
As always, take DXO’s test numbers with a grain of salt. My eye has disagreed with them in the past.
From Australia The first country to our knowledge to get the new EOS 70D is Australia. A few have started to trickle in to retailers around the country. For the moment it appears only kits have made their way to retailers.
*UPDATE* Bodies are arriving at retailers as we speak.
EOS 70D in Stock
The rest of the world…
We’re told by B&H Photo to expect arrival of the camera to happen before the end of August. Stock will be pretty good, but preorders are still recommended. European retailers should get them around the same time.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF will change —High Image Quality” the basic assumptions about Digital SLRs Canon USA has posted a PDF explaining the “revolutionary” Dual Pixel AF technology.
This is not just a new technology. It is a revolution that will significantly expand the possibilities of DSLR cameras.
“The correct way to take photos is by looking through an optical viewfinder and shooting”
“Live View is a subsidiary function, inferior to the optical viewfinder”
“The DSLR’s movie mode is so difficult, as to be usable only by a professional”
Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a new technology that will cast aside these assumptions. The entire surface of the sensor is lined with pixels composed of two photodiodes each, and the image plane phase-difference detection AF focuses using the phase-difference of the two parallax images.
Dual Pixel AF in action The Polish website www.optyczne.pl has posted a few videos showing the AF performance of the new Dual Pixel AF technology from Canon. They used both an STM lens, as well as an EF 100 f/2.8L IS macro lens.
The performance definitely looks better than liveview autofocus on any other Canon I have used. I’m especially impressed with the performance of the servo mode.