Canon 7D Mark II vs 70D vs 7D vs 6D Comparison

September 18, 2014

Canon 7D Mark II camera on brown background

In this article I will compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II versus three other Canon DSLRs, the EOS 70D (APS-C), EOS 7D (APS-C, previous model the MKII replaces) and the EOS 6D (affordable Full-frame). It will be interesting to see how well the new 7D MKII stand against those other Canon DSLRs.

Canon 7D Mark II is Here!

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

canon-eos-7d-mark-ii APS-C DSLR is here

It has been a very long time since the Canon EOS 7D was announced on September 1st 2009. It took Canon 5 years to refresh this model. Some photographers raised an eyebrow thinking to themselves: “What was Canon thinking?”. I think that we should be happy that it’s here, as we spent a lot of time talking about a 7D replacement, waiting to upgrade out current camera body. Now that the time comes, you probably eager to known whether it was worth the wait. Even if you haven’t waited so long, it’s still Canon’s APS-C flagship model. The only place to upgrade here is to one of Canon’s Full Frame DSLRs, with the cheapest one is the 6D, which offer an entry-level entrance to Full Frame photography.

Now that’s the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is here, it’s interesting to see how it stacks up against the older model, as well as the 70D enthusiasts APS-C which was announced about a year and two months earlier, and also versus 6D FF, which is on the market for two years already (as of the time of writing).

We’ll start with an introduction to the 7D Mark II to get more familiar with its key features, and than we’ll move on to the comparison itself — so let’s get started!

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Key Features

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is aimed for both enthusiasts and professionals alike. It was designed from the ground up to offer complete control for the photographer to express its creativity, fast performance that many photographers demand, ease of use, advanced video functions and improved capabilities expected from a next generation model.

The 7DMK2 is built to a very high standards. It all starts with a great body design. The camera is favorable by many photographers for sports, action shooting, and outdoor photography. Canon has designed the body to be very durable. The body is made of full magnesium alloy construction which protects the camera against impact and it’s also weather-sealed which protected the camera against water and dust (you can’t use it underwater!). It has four times the resistance of its predecessor, and just behind the 1Dx.  So in general, you should be worries shooting with it in a rainy day or in dusty environments, although Canon site doesn’t mention the specific water ingress protection. The 7D Mark II shutter life is 200,00 cycles.

Canon 7D Mark II vs 7D size comparison

Canon 7D Mark II vs 7D size comparison - Can you notice the differences? (via

The camera size and external design didn’t change much from the 7D, but I personally don’t see it as a disadvantage, as the 7D was very comfortable to hold an operate. Canon added a lock button to the mode dial at the top of the camera, there is a GPS module which slightly bumps from the top near the hot-shoe. So yes, the 7D Mark II has a built-in GPS receiver and also a Time Sync function and a digital compass. This means that the camera not just records the current geo-location position, but also the direction the camera is facing, making it easy to relocate the exact place you took the shot.

magnesium alloy body EOS 7D Mark II

Durable but lightweight magnesium alloy body - EOS 7D Mark II

At the heart of the camera is a refined 20.2 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 image processor. So the camera is backed up with the based ingredients for super high-resolution and detailed images for both Studio and Outdoor use and processing speed.  Speaking about speed, the 7D MArk II can shoot at up to 10 frames per second in burst mode and in full resolution. The sensitive sensor allows shooting at ISO range starting from 100 up to 16,000, expanding to ISO 25600 and ISO 51200. In fact, this sensor was optimized for low-light shooting according to Canon, which should appeal to photographers who demand superb low-light performance, whether for stills or video recording.

The speedy 10fps burst is backed up with very quick 65-point AF all cross-type (f/5.6 cross-type AF points, except the center) AF system and 55 millisecond shutter release time lag. The AF system is super sensitive at the center point at EV -3 (with a f/2.8 lens), which makes the 7D Mark II an excellent AF performer also in dark situations as well (Center AF point is f/2.8 dual cross-type). The AF focus points are widely spread across the frame to promote a super fast subject tracking performance in every available lighting conditions.

The 7D Mark II also take its AF performance even further in video recording with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, and in other words, on-sensor phase-detection pixels which covers eighty percent of the sensor light-sensitive area. There is not loss in image quality according to Canon, and this helps promote a super fast AF when shooting fast moving subjects in videos. So there is not more that long “hunting” like in contrast-detect AF where the lens comparing various contrast images to find out the sharpest to determine the correct focus distance. There are technologies like the Panasonic DFD found on the GH4 and LX100 that improve upon the base contrast detect AF system, but the on-sensor phase-detection AF system shown to work extremely well for Live View, so there is not need to Canon to re-innovate here. Of course many photographers prefer shooting with manual focus, but I think for the average video shooter that love shooting video once in a while, this autofocus system will work beautifully and will provide smooth focus transition when changing focus from one subject to the next.

The 7DMKII offers 6 different autofocus subject tracking presets to choose from, allowing fine-tuning for the most preferred AF behavior for a particular scene.

The 6 Auto focus Presets (Advanced iTR focusing)

  1. Case 1: Versatile multi purpose setting
  2. Case 2: Continuous to track subjects, ignoring possible obstacles
  3. Case 3: Instantly focus on subjects suddenly entering AF points
  4. Case 4: For subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly
  5. Case 5: For erratic subjects, moving in any direction
  6. Case 6: For subjects that change speed and move erratically
* the Advanced iTR is an improved version of the iTR of the EOS-1D X, a camera that costs almost $7K.
The EOS 7D Mark II uses color and face data to be able to fine tune the AF system for those specific uses. You can clearly see that Canon refined this camera to answer the high-demands of sports and fast-action photographers.  This can happen a lot where the camera can lose a focus from the reasons stated in the 6 cases, so it’s a VERY welcomes features that I’m sure is very practical for daily fast-action shooters and sports photographers. Canon has a nice demonstration on their website, where you can see that the camera focuses on a single person, and suddenly a few people are blocking the camera at the front. The 7D Mark II was able to continuously focus on that single subject (Player) without any interruption – Super useful! I can’t remember any other camera that is optimized for subject tracking performance like this camera, excellent work Canon.
Does the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have AF micro adjustment?Yes, +/- 20 steps. You can adjust it for all lenses, adjust up to 40 lenses individually. The camera remembers the adjustment for each lens based on the lens’ serial number.
At the back of the camera you can find the new AF area selection lever that allows you to quickly the AF area selection.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark 2 can record Full HD videos at 60p, 30p and 24p in either MOV or MP4 format. It’s great to see that the camera can now record in both formats, as well as uncompressed HDMI out as well. The MP4 is an industry standard and widely supported by many operating systems and video editing software, but in general, it’s easy to convert a MOV video (Apple QuickTime movie) to MP4. In fact, the MP4 (MPEG-4) is based on the QuickTime format specifications with refinements.  Both video format types hold the same H.264 video stream but in different containers.

Many people prefer shooting in MP4 because of its widely supported by media players, better compression size and it’s also popular for sharing videos on the Internet. At 60p you shoot in inter-frame (IPB), and in 30p and 24p you can shoot shooting in either intra frame (All-I) or inter-frame (IPB). There is also an option for lite inter-frame in 1080p30/24.

The complete list of movie sizes:

  •  1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50 fps) inter-frame
  • 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame
  • 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame
  • 1280 x 720 (59.95, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
  • 1280 x 720 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) lite inter-frame
  • 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) inter-frame or inter-frame lite

Here’s a sample video shot with the Canon 7D Mark II with various Canon lenses.

As you noticed, there isn’t any 4K UltraHD video option.  That’s quite unfortunate I have to say, especially at times that we see 4K coming in new digital cameras and even on smartphones.

Among its other features:

  • Pentaprism optical viewfinder with 100% coverage (Intelligent Viewfinder II)
  • Multiple Exposure shooting
  • Multiple Aspect ratio shooting
  • Dual Card Slots (CF + SD)
  • Dual-Axis electronic level
  • In-camera RAw processing
  • RAW + JPEG shooting
  • 3.0 -inch 1.04-million dots Clear View II LCD monitor
  • Built-in GPS receiver (top near hot-shoe) and digital compass (bottom-right corner; when viewed from the rear) – view latitude, longitude and elevation
  • Advanced mirror vibration control technology (reduces vibrations in high-speed shooting)
  • Interval timer / Bulb timer
  • 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed
  • 150,000-pixel RGB light metering sensor with iSA Intelligent Subject analysis system
  • UTC time view
  • Flickr detection system (take the shot at the peak light volume)
  • In-camera  peripheral illumination, chromatic aberration and distortion corrections
  • USB 3.0
  • Official compatible battery grip (BG-E16) – unique to the 7D Mark II, holds 2x LP-E6N or 6x AA batteries with improved ergonomics and handling
  • 1/250 sec flash sync speed
  • 4.0 fps silent continuous shooting
  • In-camera HDR
  • Star rating system
  • FE lock
  • Creative filter with real-time display
  • Movie Servo AF adjustable speed (Standard, 4 Slow options)

No doubt that the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is aimed for top performance, and packs a long list of advanced features and updated that certainly makes it the most attractive APS-C Canon camera to date. Some will argue whether this is enough of an update for five years wait. On the negative side, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II lacks built-in WiFi, no panorama shooting (Auto-stitch), no 4K video recording, older battery grip is not supported and probably the most triggering one — the Canon EOS 6D Full Frame is just $100 away. I’m sure that some photographers might think twice before staying with an APS-C, advance as it is, when there is the 6D FF waiting for them for just $100 more. Furthermore, it’s not the perfect time to get the older 7D camera for much less.

7D Mark II vs 7D vs 70D vs 6D

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II certainly looks very attractive and I’m sure it will be super popular. As a buyer, I’m sure that some of you have a few dilemmas deciding whether or not go with the 6D which is a FF camera, or go with a cheaper model like the older 7D pr the 70D, and spend the rest of your budget on a better lens. That’s a good argument, but in order to to do, you need to fully understand the cons and pros of each camera and learn how the four camera differ. For this purpose I create the following specs comparison table, which will give you a clear view of the key differences between the cameras.

Canon 7D Mark IICanon 7DCanon 70DCanon 6D
AnnouncedSeptember 15, 2014September 1, 2009July 2, 2013September 17, 2012
Sensor20.2MP (effective)
22.4x15.0mm (APS-C)
4.1 µm pixel size
Low-pass filter

Dust Reduction

Newly designed
18.0MP (effective)
22.3x14.9mm (APS-C)
4.3 µm pixel size
Low-pass filter

Dust Reduction
20.2MP (effective)
22.5x15.0mm (APS-C)
4.1 µm pixel size
Low-pass filter

Dust Reduction
20.2MP (effective)
35.8x23.9mm (FF)
6.55 µm pixel size
Low-pass filter

Dust Reduction
Leaving the on-sensor phase-detection pixel aside (we'll talk about it in the AF section), we can see that there is an important difference to see here.

The Canon EOS 6D is the only camera among the three which has a full frame sensor. The 6D is the most affordable FF camera, although it's name can be misleading, thinking it's a model below the 7D or 7DMKII, but it isn't.

There are many photographers who would love to enter full-frame photography. A few of those reasons are being able to achieve a shallower depth of field (with an equivalent focal length/aperture lens), better high ISO performance, higher dynamic range, use Canon EF lenses while taking advantage of their full ultra wide angle field of view, large viewfinders, normal EF lenses stay normal and not turned to tele due to the crop factor and better sharpness among others.

For example, if you take the Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. On the 6D it has a field of 16-35mm as stated on the lens. Mounted on the 7D Mark II as well as the 6D and 70D, you get 16-35mm x 1.6 (crop factor) = 25.6-56 mm (35mm equivalent), so it's much less wide, and you actually lose the ultra-wide angle field of view when you mount this lens, which was intended to provide very wide FOV, and instead you get an equivalent to a normal zoom lens instead. Of course the main advantage of buying an EF lenses is that when you upgrade to a FF, you can enjoy it's advantages as an ultra wide-angle.

On the other hand, you can see it as an advantage of APS-C based camera, where you enjoy the focal length multiplication, so you have narrower field of view, so optically you have larger view of the subject ("bigger zoom").

For some photographers this is more important than other camera features, especially for professionals whom for them image quality and low-light performance is one of the most important aspects of the camera.

The 7D Mark II should have better performance than both the 70D and 7D due to improved sensor design and image processor, but for some people it won't be the reason to pay a premium price for the 7DMKII. Considering that the 70D costs almost as the 7D (older model) and in many cases (especially for video), the 70D outperforms the 7D.

In terms of the sensor, the 6D certainly have an advantage here. I personally love the 6D for its amazing high ISO performance for both stills and videos. If low-light is of a high priority, you'll love the 6D output.

There are As of the time of writing there aren't any direct 7D Mark II vs 6D high ISO comparison samples, but from the high ISO images I've seen taken with the 7DMKII, the high ISO performance is amazing (See videos below).

From what I can tell, the 7D Mark II will give a full frame a good run, so unless the other advantage of a FF isn't that important, the 7D Mark II should certainly answer the demands of low-light shooters, right now I'm really impressed. Excellent work Canon!

BTW, all four cameras have an OLPF, I hoped for it to be removed on the 7DMK2 ro maximize image details potential, but the difference is not huge, and I think that for video people prefer having an OLPF to minimize Moiré pattern in videos, but also in images.
70D vs 6D high ISO comparison:

Canon 7DII high ISO:

ISO100 - 16000

Expanded: 25600, 51200
100 - 6400

Expanded: 12800
100 - 12800

Expanded: 25600
100 - 25600

Expanded: 50, 51200, 102400
The 6D comes first, offering the widest ISO range which is also more usable due to the larger pixels. The 7D MKII comes second, 70D after and last is the 7D, as expected from a much older model.
Image ProcessorDual DIGIC 6Dual DIGIC 4DIGIC 5+DIGIC 5+
The DIGIC 6 image processor improved on the older version with improved low-light performance and reduced image noise, supports an improvement in AF performance by minimizing lag and supports faster burst rates, as well as faster video frame-rates. Built-in Canon cutting edge-technologies to for new-generation cameras.

The DIGIC 6 i already used in many Canon cameras, including the 7D Mark II, PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot S120, PowerShot N100 and others.
Built-in Image StabilizationNoNoNoNo
AF SystemHybrid AF
On-sensor phase-detection pixels (aka Dual Pixel CMOS AF)

65-point all cross-type
Center AF point is dual cross-type AF point at f/2.8

Advanced iTR focusing (6 presets)

EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for extreme low-light conditions
Phase-detection for still and contrast-detection for videos

19-point all cross-type
Center AF point is dual cross-type AF point at f/2.8

EV -0.5 sensitivity (center point)
Hybrid AF
On-sensor phase-detection pixels (aka Dual Pixel CMOS AF)

19-point all cross-type
Center AF point is dual cross-type AF point at f/2.8

EV -0.5 sensitivity (center point)
Phase-detection for still and contrast-detection for videos

11-point AF
Cener AF point cross-type
Center AF vertical line sensitivity at f/2.8

EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for extreme low-light conditions
There is certainly a big difference between those four cameras.

We can see that both the 70D and the 7D Mark II enjoy a Hybrid AF system, which allows the camera to utilize the advantages of contrast-detect and phase-detect AF for Live View and video recording, a feature that is not available on the 7D and 6D.

Cinematographers can't care less about that I assume, as they prefer using manual focus to get the appropriate results, and not let the camera make that decision.

OF course for enthusiast and amateurs, this is an excellent feature to have, because you don't have to use manual focus for casual video recording and you'll get a clear video with much less AF "hunting" occurrences, which makes the subject appear blurry at many times and the image look very amateurish.

The EOS 7D MArk II also enjoys the most sophisticated AF system among the four cameras with 65-point AF system which is also very sensitive (same sensitivity as the 6D), which means that both the 6D and 7D Mark II should perform admirably in low-light situations, in almost completely dark situations (considering 0 EV = f/1 basis of the EV scale).

Furthermore, the more AF points promote more accurate and faster subject tracking performance, which is crucial for fast-action photography like shooting sports, birds, kids, wildlife, etc.

You probably wonder why the 6D AF system is so much less impressive, after all, it's a full frame camera, isn't it? -- it's excellent for low-light shooting, but not doubt that Canon cut costs here to make the 6D more affordable. That said, some people prefer this simple AF system as it easier to handle (less AF point).

For static subject and for general moderate speed moving subjects the 6D should perform well, but those of you who shoot fast moving subjects and this is your primary, the 6D might not be the best camera for you out of the four. That said, the AF points are well spread across the frame, not tight together at the center.

The 7D Mark II therefore enjoys the best of both worlds, and this is certainly one of strongest and most important features that many photographers are looking for, a speedy AF system that can also perform great in dark situations. BIG advantage for the 7DMKII here.
Build QualityMagnesium Alloy

"Dust and water resistance"(4 times better weather sealing than its predecessor, the 7D according to Canon)

Comparable to the EOS-1D series.
Magnesium Alloy

"Dust and water – resistant construction"*

*Not recommended to use in the rain according to Canon Philippines official website
Aluminium and polycarbonate resin

"Dust and water resistance design"* (source)

*Not recommended to use in the rain according to Canon Philippines official website
Magnesium alloy body (front and back panels only)

"Dust and water resistance construction equivalent to EOS-1N"

(which is same as the 7D, because that what it says on the 7D as well)
Shutter Durability200,00 cycles150,000 cycles100,000 cycles100,000 cycles
I was able to fish that data that sometimes many comparison article miss and I know that many of you want to know more about it.

The 7DMKII and 7D have the best build quality among the three, they are the most durable ones, with 6D at the thirds place, followed by the 70D -- that's about durability.

Regarding weather-sealing, I followed what is quoted on Canon Philippines official website as well as other official Canon websites, and according to what I've found:

The EOS 7D Mark II has the best weather-sealing among the four cameras, 4 times better than the 7D, 70D and the 6D.

According to my findings, both the 7D, 70D and 6D have the same weather-sealing. And if you already asked: Canon DOES NOT recommend shooting with the camera in the rain.

Although there isn't any specific water-ingress IP rating, I assume that the 7D, 70D and 6D can survive a a light rain, but the 7D Mark II should withstand a moderate rain and splashes without breaking, although even with better sealing, according to website: "Not recommended to use in the rain" as well, and its weather-resistance performance is comparable to that of the EOS-1D series.

Of course, if you do plan to use it in the rain (on your own responsibility, don't forget a water-resistant lens).

I know that the problem is that many people will be afraid to get the camera wet when they ear that Canon doesn't recommend use it in the rain. Although recommending not to use it it's not like saying "Don't use it in the rain". So do your own math here, I personally wouldn't use it in the rain, but I would probably won't get stresses with a few drops falling on my camera.

Have comments on this, please drop your opinion in the comment section below.

You can also see that the 7DMKII has the most durable shutter among the three.

All in all, a good advantage for the 7D Mark II compared to the other cameras.
100% coverage
Clear View II LCD
Not touchscreen
100% coverage
Clear View II LCD
Not touchscreen
Fully articulated
100% coverage
Clear View II LCD

100% coverage
Clear View II LCD
Not touchscreen
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II doesn't have an articulating display nor a touchscreen. This true to the older model and the 6D as well.

The only camera that has those two features is the 70D which aimed towards enthusiast and amateurs that are probably the ones that will find it more triggering and useful, although it was nice to have an articulating display on the 7DM2 nevertheless.
ViewfinderOptical, Pentaprism
100% FOV
0.63x magnification (in 35mm)

-3.0 to +1.0m-1 diopter adj.

New Intelligent Viewfinder
Optical, Pentaprism
100% FOV
0.63x magnification (in 35mm)

-3.0 to +1.0m-1 diopter adj.
Optical, Pentaprism
98% FOV
0.59x magnification (in 35mm)

-3.0 to +1.0m-1 diopter adj.
Optical, Pentaprism
97% FOV
0.71x magnification (in 35mm)

-3.0 to +1.0m-1 diopter adj.
Good news is that all models have pentaprism, not pentamirror, which is a better quality OVF.

The 7D MKII sits in between the 70D and the 6D in terms of size. Nothing has changed from the 7D in terms of size.

That said, the 7D Mark II New intelligent viewfinder is improved upoin all the other cameras, including the previous 7D camera. It feature a new full-time electronic level display, which is the first time we see this feature on any EOS camera to date. We have the new Large Zone AF frame lines, selected AF points are shown with a square around the point and more.

You can find more information about the 7D Mark II NEw Intelligent viewfinder features on website.

This another significant advantage that the EOS 7D Mark II has an advantage over its peers.
Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000 sec30 - 1/8000 sec30 - 1/8000 sec30 - 1/4000 sec
Great to see 1/8000 sec shutter speed on all the APS-C models, but unfortunately the 6D only has 1/4000 sec maximum shutter speed.

A faster shutter speed gives allows you to have better control over the exposure and it's an important option for fast-action photography.
Burst10 fps

4.0 fps silent continuous
8 fps7 fps

3.0 fps silent
4.5 fps

3.0 fps silent continuous
Another reason why the 6D isn't a good choice for fast-action photography, as it feature a relatively slow continuous shooting speed. The 7DMK2 has the fastest burst speed among the four cameras, another advantage for the 7DMK2.
Flash X Sync Speedmax. 1/250 secmax. 1/250 secmax. 1/250 secmax. 1/180 sec
Built-in FlashYesYesYesNo
External Flashvia hot-shoevia hot-shoevia hot-shoevia hot-shoe
Exposure Compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Video RecordingMOV (H.264)
1080p 59.94/50 IPB
1080p 29.97/25/24/23.98 All-I/IPB
720p 50.94/50 All-I/IPB
480p 29.97/25 IPB

MP4 (H.264)
1080p 59.94/50 IPB
1080p 29.97/25/24/23.98 All-I/IPB
1080p 29.97/25 Light IPB (stronger compression, ~2.5x times smaller file size than IPB)

720p 50.94/50 All-I/IPB
480p 29.97/25 IPB

29.59 min. max recording

Stereo sound
MOV (H.264)
1080p 30/24/25
720p 60/50
480p 60/50

Monaural sound

12 min. max recording
(24 min 480p)
MOV (H.264)
1080p 30/25/24 All-I/IPB
720p 60/50 All-I/IPB
480p 30/25 All-I/IPB

Stereo sound

29.59 min. max recording
MOV (H.264)
1080p 30/25/24 All-I/IPB
720p 60/50 All-I/IPB
480p 30/25 IPB

Stereo sound

29.59 min. max recording
Mic InputYes (3.5mm)Yes (3.5mm)Yes (3.5mm)Yes (3.5mm)
Headphone JackYesNoNoNo
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is in no doubt the best video camera among the four, offering a very wide selection of frame-rates, including the option to shoot in either IPB/All-I or Light IPB (smaller file size), as well as headphone jack and mic input -- can you ask for more?

The 7D is certainly far behind, with the 6D and 70D does have a difference, as the 70D has on-sensor phase-detection AF pixels that give you smooth subject AF transition and tracking performance, something that you don't get with the 6D. that does not provide full-time AF when shooting videos.

Another big advantage for the 7D Mark II for anyone who loves shooting video or this is is primary.
WirelessNoNoBuilt-in Wi-FiBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Unfortunately, the 7D Mark II doesn't have a built-in WiFi module, for that you have to get either the 70D or 6D.
Battery Life (CIPA)670 shots800 shots920 shots980 shots
Dimensions149 x 112 x 78 mm (5.87 x 4.41 x 3.07″)148 x 111 x 74 mm (5.83 x 4.37 x 2.91″)139 x 104 x 79 mm (5.47 x 4.11 x 3.09″)145 x 111 x 71 mm (5.71 x 4.37 x 2.8″)
Weight910 g (2.01 lb / 32.10 oz)860 g (1.90 lb / 30.34 oz)755 g (1.66 lb / 26.63 oz)770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz)
Built-in GPSYes

+ Digital compass
Time-lapse RecordingBuilt-in

(Interval timer)
via USB cable and PCvia USB cable and PCvia USB cable and PC
Anti-flicker ShootingYesNoNoNo
Micro AdjustmentYesYesYesYes
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)


Some people might expected more from the EOS 7D M2, but in my opinion and after observing its specs closely and not just on the surface, it is a huge upgrade over its predecessor, in almost any way you look at it.  The 7D Mark II should certainly give the 6D a good competition for those who don’t mind not leaving the Full Frame dream. This included an excellent low-light performance (Still waiting to see how it performs next to the 6D, but initial samples look amazing), best AF system among the four cameras for video recording and fast-action shooting,  dual-card slots, best weather-sealing in the group, most durable shutter, new Intelligent viewfinder, fastest burst in the group, best video recording functions with headphone and mic input, built-in GPS and digital compass, time-lapse and in-camera HDR, USB 3.0 and lots more.

Yes, it’s a long list of very useful features, and it certainly looks a much more attractive package than the 70D, 7D and 6D. none of these cameras are cheap, but both the 6D and 7D Mark II are significantly more expensive than the mid-range models.  I think that the 7D certainly lost its glow, quite a long time ago to be honest. The 70D was a good alternative until the 7D Mark II arrived. It’s still a good option to go with a less expensive camera and spend the rest of your budget on a better or another lens.

That said, it’s hard to ignore what the 7D Mark II has to offer, and in my opinion it certainly worth it if you find its extra features useful for your specific shooting style. Whether to get the 6D full frame or stay in the APS-C zone is still a good question. The 7D Mark II is much more sophisticated/advanced camera than the 6D, and I personally was convinced going with the 7D Mark II than dive into the full frame world. That said, I’m sure that each one and one of you have a different opinion, and for some people the option to shoot with the actual focal length of the lens and enjoy those beautiful ultra wide angle lenses is preferable to great functions the 7D Mark II offer.

I am eager to hear your opinion about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, and if you like this new update and which camera you prefer among the three and why. Please share your opinion in the comment section below, and don’t forget to LIKE this article and our Facebook page to get update when new articles are published. Thanks for reading.

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