This Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and comes with an EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens, so you can capture clear images and videos. Built-in GPS allows you to add location information.
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Excellent camera but not for beginners!
Posted by: MiamiMonkey from: on
If you are someone who has used a DSLR camera previously and want to upgrade to a great camera under $2000, then this is really an excellent camera to choose. If you are a beginner, choose something else! This camera has lots of features that are customizable and only if you've been in situations where you'd need those features, could you really properly customize it. For example, the focusing capabilities are exceptional in this camera. However, there are five different focusing modes and you can flip between them while you are shooting. The button to "flip through" those modes has to be customized. Get the drift...!! If you just want to get a camera for traveling and shooting in automatic mode....get a Canon T6i...if you want a workhorse camera in your gear, then get the 7D Mark II.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great video. Good photos.
Posted by: Jerryrigged from: on
I owned this for about a month before returning. I was really torn, because the video features are really nice! Plus, there are a lot of pro-grade elements on the camera - dual card slots, clean hdmi out, weather-proofing, etc. The dual-pixel autofocus system is amazing for doing live autofocus during filming, and the video image quality is very good. AND I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt on still photo quality. I upgraded glass to Canon's L series lenses to see just what the camera was capable of. However, I had also tried those lenses on a Canon 6D full-frame camera, and that camera and lenses were amazing! I could NOT get those same results with the 7DMII. I could get good results with 7DMII, but not the amazing results that I get from 6D. Overall, I'd say this is a very good camera, especially for videographers, but if you're going to spend this much money, I'd recommend going with 6D instead.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
The best of the best, cream of the crop!
Posted by: recruiter89 from: Boston, MA on
Went back and forth between this one and the 70D and glad I spent the extra money on this camera. I upgraded from a Rebel T4i which actually to me was not that great a camera. It lacked a lot of extra features and just everyday functionality that I required and I am by no means a professional photographer. This camera is first off a lot heavier piece of gear than the Rebel series and has every bell and whistle you could imagine. It lacks a flip out back screen and Wifi but I do not find any of those features useful, in fact I purchased an Eye-Fi card which gives this camera Wifi functionality anyway.
Not being a professional but not wanting a point and shoot camera and loving the DSLR functions, I wanted the best and this certainly gives Nikon and all other DSLRs a run for the money. It is a bit to get used to, however it resembles other Canon models with similar buttons and menus. The one feature I do love is the speed and also the 65 point auto focus which also blows away the 70D 16 point auto focus. Pictures come out crisp and clear and with 18-135mm lens is beautiful. Just understand this is a big camera and does not look like any of the Rebel series or the S1 and is even bigger than the 70D. However it is well protected with a serious outside housing and is also weather resistant which is also a nice feature. If you are going to spend $1300 on the 70D, do yourself a favor and spend the extra $700 on this baby! It is well worth it!
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Huge Improvements over the original Canon 7D
Posted by: Atltech2014 from: Atlanta, GA on
I can't say enough about how much Canon improved the Canon 7D Mark II over the original Canon 7D. The low light is absolutely incredible. The original 7D lens had several known issues. Lens creep if you purchased the camera with the lens was a nightmare. The third original 7D that I received didn't have any, but the first two were awful. The 7D Mark II has a lens lock which solves this problem. The original 7D had a serious overheating issue when shooting video. The 7D Mark II now has SD and so far hasn't shown overheating issues when shooting longer videos and saving to the SD. In video mode the 7D Mark II now has the ability to auto focus and can be set to focus on a subject in the cameras view. The original 7D didn't have this feature. The only two negative things would be that they should have integrated Wi-Fi and SD UHS-II. The 7D Mark II is an amazing camera and the improvements make it well worth the pricing difference between the two.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great camera for sports/wildlife
Posted by: Catnip from: on
This was an upgrade for me from the Canon 60D. The 7D mkII is a great choice for someone who is comfortable shooting in manual mode and is looking to upgrade. While it is a crop sensor camera it can compete with the higher end Canon full frame sensor models at a lower cost.
Having a shot rate of 10fps makes this camera great for shooting sports, wildlife and other situations where one needs to keep up with the action. I have gotten some very nice shots of birds in flight that would have been difficult to capture with the 60D and its slower fps.
The autofocus works well in keeping a moving target in focus when using ai servo and back button AF.
The lens that comes with the camera is good for a kit lens, all of the pictures I have taken with this lens are sharp and clear.
One other thing I have noticed is that this camera has a much quieter shutter than the 60D, while this may be nit picking and irrelevant to some, it was something I noticed from the start.
Overall I think it's a very good camera and a good choice for someone looking to upgrade without the expense of a full frame sensor camera.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Nice upgrade from original 7D
Posted by: bbrossard from: Milwaukee, WI on
We purchased our original 7D from Best Buy in 2011. It has served us well since then and still is a great camera. Purchasing the 7D Mk II was a no-brainer upgrade from our original 7D.
Some of the nice upgrades include:
-Built in GPS for geotagging photos and/or logging trips.
-Greatly improved AF.
-Now has 10 fps burst mode (the original 7D had 8 fps).
-Improved video features, including a headphone jack for monitoring audio during recording
-Dual card slots (one for CF and one for SD). This makes using a wifi SD card possible without an SD to CF adapter if you want cheap wifi.
-New dial around the joystick that by default changes AF modes, but can be programmed to other functions if you want.
-Improved ISO performance over the original 7D.
The one con I would have against this camera is the lack of onboard wifi. While I understand the metal casing on the camera reduced wifi performance, the only way to add official wifi is with a pretty expensive external wifi device (upwards of $700). You can, of course, use a SD wifi card for transferring files, but it does not allow remote shooting like the official wifi adapter.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great camera for serious amateur or professional
Posted by: PrettyGoodPhotographer from: on
Very fast and accurate automatic focusing even in video mode. The first version of the 7D could only be manually focused in video mode, which often put audible noise into the video and was almost always inaccurate.
Great color rendition, silent zoom and focus with 18-135mm STM kit lens - particularly good again for videos. Pro-level sealing against dust and water. Cropped sensor (1.6 multiple of full-frame lens focal lengths) is especially good for sports and wildlife, but nothing is lost for great portraits or landscapes. A 50mm prime lens on this camera gives similar results as a much more expensive 85mm portrait lens on a full frame camera.
All 65 focus points are cross type and the center point is also diagonal type. This allows you to selectively focus on subjects near the frame's edges. Even the 5D Mark III has only 45 cross type of its 61 total focus points. The previous version 7D had on 19 focus points and the more expensive (full-frame) 6D has on 11 focus points.
The menu system is identical to 5D Mark III including 6 focusing cases (options) to ignore or include objects coming into your view that might otherwise interfere with your subject. Focus cases also allow tracking of subjects that make quick and unpredictable movements.
Although the 7D Mark II does not have a touch screen for quicker focusing in Live View, it does have silent focusing in video mode using the touch pad surrounding the Quick Control Dial.
This camera has 252 metering zones versus the original 7D's 63. It also has a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor vs. a 100,000-pixel sensor on the Canon 1DX that costs almost 4 times more!
1080p videos can be made at 60 fps so that slow motion playback at 30 fps is smooth. Not even the 5D Mark III can do that!
This camera is solid and make no mistake, it's a great camera that will give you years of terrific photos and videos.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Love this Camera!
Posted by: Sylvrwulf from: on
I have been using my ancient Canon Rebel (1st gen) since it came out. I am a professional photographer but mainly keep it to small jobs and family/friends as well as selling prints. I bought my wife a Nikon D7000 a few years ago as a Christmas gift and was heavily leaning towards getting one for myself. Its an excellent, solid camera. But I have all Canon compatible parts for mine. Then I found this open box deal and thought it was too good to be true. I bought it and haven't looked back. Its a fantastic camera. All manual controls are right at your fingertips and you can even turn on a full Heads Up Display in the viewfinder for everything, so no longer do I have to look at the LCD screen while adjusting my F-stops, apertures, or ISO's. The auto-focus is instant and the quality is superb. It has two card slots (CF and SD). If you are looking for a fantastic DSLR (and you know how to shoot on full manual, otherwise a DSLR is a waste of money if you only shoot auto) this camera should definitely be considered.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great camera after initial flaw
Posted by: ustraveller from: on
I bought the camera in mid November in order to have for the events of the holiday season. I took photos in many different locations and lighting environments. The photos would look decent in preview mode, but when uploaded to the computer I began to notice how soft and blurry many of them were. The keeper rate was really low. I read several other reviews on various sites with the same issue, so decided to exchange it for a new one. It appears to be an isolated problem, but is disheartening if you end up with one of the lemons. Since exchanging the camera the new one has a much higher keeper rate. I look forward to seeing all it can do over the next couple of months.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: OhLittleBird from: on
It took me months to choose between the 5D Mark III and the 7D Mark II. I chose the 7D Mark II because of the faster shutter speeds and the overall functionality. I spend more time outdoors taking pictures usually of sports or animals, landscapes, etc. The faster shutter speed really helps. the 7D Mark II does not have full frame, it is cropped but in my personal opinion the 7D is worth it.