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)