Rumor: Canon 7D Mark II Geared Toward Nature and Sports Photographers

Murmurings of an upcoming Canon 7D Mark II, which we first wrote about back in October, are starting to heat up. It was suggested that the camera, which may mark the merger of the 60D’s and 7D’s lines, was to offer a high continuous shooting rate. More recent reports seem to back up that particular spec, as we as offer some more info on who Canon is targeting with the camera.

A couple of days ago, Canon Rumors published a list of basic specs of the camera, provided by a first-time (i.e. not necessarily reliable) source. The list includes a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, dual DIGIC V processors, dual memory card slots, a new ergonomic design, a new type of battery, and 10.2 frame per second burst mode.

Just for reference, here’s what 10fps sounds like with the Canon 1D Mark III:

The day after Canon Rumors’ post, Northlight Images published the following blurb based on tips received from sources in the Far East:

We hear that the 7D Mk2 is going to be firmly aimed at the sports and nature market, with a lot of features based on feedback from ‘pro’ users. The 10 fps rate is seen as an important feature, along with many features derived from 1DX developments, particularly AF and lower light performance. Sensor size would be advertised as 21MP, but faster and less noisy than the 7D (25MP was apparently seen as not offering enough image quality).

The site also writes that the existence of the new 6D gives Canon more flexibility in upping the specs and price of the upcoming 7D successor, and that — like with the 5D — the existing 7D will continue to be produced for some time in order to replace the 60D.

The latest word is that this camera will be unveiled sometime in February 2013.

(via Canon Watch)

  • Ralph Hightower

    That’s what I want! Yea, moving from film to digital, I’d like full frame
    I don’t often shoot that fast, but my Canon A-1 with the motor drive can shoot 5 fps and I’ve used it.
    6D or 7D? Full frame seems to be the only benefit of the 6D.

  • Mike

    Less noisy?
    Could I get that technology in 12MP flavor, please?

  • Zach

    I own the 7D and even when I do ski photoshoots, I rarely shoot with the 8 fps burst. Spray and pray is good for some, but if you aren’t going to use it that often, I would go for the 6D if you can afford it.

  • Keith D

    February 2013 I assume, not 2012?

  • osh_sektabrand

    Awesome! That means I will get original 7D even cheaper next spring!

  • InTheMist

    This looks like the spiritual successor of the D300s! Shame on Nikon!

  • Canonguy

    Is 7D Mark2 meant to be full frame? I hope so. I don’t know why Canon can’t get us full frame cameras when Nikon has been offering them up for years…

  • Seb Harris

    24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, meaning it is a DX sensor.

  • Julian Callan

    The 7D range is specifically meant to be a crop, it’s designed for wildlife and sports photography. If you want a professional full frame, get a 1D or 5D.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    it’s already super cheap! pick up a used one for less than £900 – I recently sold my 7D w/ battery grip for £820

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    5D, 5D mark II, 5D mark III, 6D, 1Ds, 1Ds mark II, 1Ds mark III, 1D X, 1D C – all full frame cameras – I don’t know what you’re talking about “I don’t know why Canon can’t get us full frame cameras”.

  • Ken

    One of the reasons I’m looking to get a 7D as my first DSLR is I’m wanting to photograph runners. Getting the right part of the stride in crucial due to the forces placed on the body during running. With my point and shoots the shutter is so slow that I really have to anticipate the shot. Too late and the shock wave traveling up the leg is not very attractive at all. 3FPS bursts don’t get much even over several strides. I always agonize over significant purchases. I’ve gone back and forth a lot: T4i, 60D, or 7D. After thinking about what I’m going to be using the camera for most of the time a used 7D looks to be in my future. After filling out the gear bag with flash, glass and accessories, I then might step up to a full frame.

    Oh, Ralph Hightower I, too, own an A-1 with motor drive. Yep, used it at full speed, too. Have to be judicious with it as it will burn through a roll of film in no time!

  • Zach Sutton Photography

    Canon? Tailoring a camera to one market? Pshh, yeah right.

    Lately they have seemed to be all about throwing a random spec list together…and seeing what happens

  • tonster

    having both cropped and full frame canon bodies, i can tell you that for sports / action shots my hand chooses the cropped ones every time. I feel i focus easier, the whole thing just feels better. Plus, if i want no vignetting at all on my pic, cropped is still the way to go. (And i am talking even shooting with L glass). There are advantages to cropped censors, i believe the 7D is just right like that.

  • Alex

    no way, Canon initiated “stop the megapixels war” in some of its adverts and making cameras with more and more megapixels on tiny sensor. It sucks.

  • Ralph Hightower

    I will probably burn through some film in April 2013 to photograph the Navy Blue Angles at the Beaufort MCAS Air Show. I used 6 rolls of film at Shaw AFB in May 2012.

  • VolumeSavings

    I believe Canon will be looking for 2500 and they’ll also be looking at their inventory climb.

  • VolumeSavings

    take a AF sys from one camera and the body of another and the button config from a third than throw in a chip from a cell phone and add a $1000 dollars to the margin. Then spend millions on bragging rights. And then wait three years to hear how it really wasn’t any better than the predecessor. but it was light. Pay Pal accepted.

  • Guest

    @twitter-39105283:disqus , I have a 7D, a T3i and a 1Dx. I have to say the selling point when buying the 7D was the FPS. Even though it is a crop sensor, with the right lens combination, it still offers up amazing pictures. With the new firmware, the burst rate makes it easier if using that high FPS.

    If your not into the high FPS, you can always select the low speed option, which is 3 or 4 FPS.
    The only thing I have trouble with on my 7D, is wide-angles like a 24mm and lower.
    Because of the crop factor, it takes away from that wide-angle view.
    Short of that, I love it. Now it’s no 1Dx, but it is a good in-betweener and gives a close run to the 5DM2 &3 if you ask me. Not a replacement for them and falls short on the clarity compared to the 5D, but close.

    Ralph, I would also save some of that old glass and buy a decent adapter, if it’s needed. I used a Minolta 50mm 1.4 Rokkor lens on my 7D and it look great.

    Good Luck!

  • WKYA_Radio

    if 60d was for video, and 6d is for landscape, 7d for action, 5d for…well…all, which body is (or can be) the portrait and people camera?

  • Rick

    I shoot 3-400 daily on my dslr!

  • Keith Swindell

    Actually, an A1 does 4.5fps with film in it, 5fps only when dry firing… I tested it a long time ago. :-)

    I agree with your assessment of the 6D, lack of the 7D auto focus makes it very dissapointing.

  • PerfectSavage

    All of them

  • PerfectSavage

    I agree as long as shooting indoors (6D) and not action or outdoors. I would not take the 6D into the cold/snow; it is NOT sealed like the 7D/5DIII/1D bodies. 6D isn’t a pro body; it’s not full magnesium alloy nor sealed as well, it’s mostly composite which is going to contract between shooting cold/sub-freezing temps.

  • Pat Mann

    Canon APS-C is a bit smaller than DX, which is a Nikon designation

  • Savann

    I don’t know what are you talking about, between Canon and Nikon, who brought the first dslr to the consumer? I believe CANON is first. please do your research.

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  • Chris

    I have a 7D and it was what I used as my main starter camera after my 40D (R.I.P.) broke on me. As far as shooting in the cold I have shot in -10 to -20 degree weather with it for many hours; sometimes 8-12 hours in the sub-zero temps. It handled the cold like a pro and was able to handle the weather. They bring those cameras to the Arctic and they do very well. I currently shoot with the 7D and a 5D Mark III. I do plan on trading in my 7D for a 1D Mark III because the 7D does not deliver the consistent quality in low light shooting that I want. I am very pleased with the reliability that it gave and the performance. The 7D is amazing for the speed and build quality but the performance in low light to be honest is very poor.

  • Carlini Fotograf

    The 5d Mk2 was the one I think they were targeting toward Portrait photographers. It should not matter what Canon says its meant for.. as a photographer you should be able to make up your own mind which camera best works for what you are doing.

  • WKYA_Radio

    Fair enough. But im findign with the 6d is that the af points are so limited and densley packed, its causing me issues when shooing portraits. Especially is th subject is at an angle…composing is not great. Its better to shoot as it is, not expecting to crop off a large part of an image to get with 3rd lines.

    Because of said issue, im dreaming of a 5dmk3.

  • Nathan Gore

    try a back button focus lock focus in the center and recompose =D