November 1, 2014

Canon 7D Mark II Now In Stock

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The 7D Mark II offers similar video to its full frame cousin, the two year-old 5D Mark III, and offers incremental but unspectacular improvements in video mode. 

Compared to its long-in-the-tooth Mark I version, the new 7D offers improvements like a clean HDMI output (with audio), a headphone jack, and full HD in 50p and 60p modes. But the 7D does not look to be a huge leap forward, as it doesn't offer some of the features that even cell phones offer now, like 4K, and it leaves out video-focusing aids like peaking and magnification (more on the specs here). And that makes sense when you think about the dedicated video cameras that Canon is turning out — if you want a dedicated video camera, Canon has plenty of C-series models to direct you toward. So why would you buy a 7D Mark II? Well, stills of course. 20 Megapixels at 10FPS is nothing to sneeze at, and it should make for a heck of an action and wildlife cam (due to the smaller APS-C sensor, lenses have a narrower field-of-view).

On the video side, here's some footage:

Note this Gizmodo preview was shot with everything turned down to the max for a flat look:

If stills are more important to you than video, the 7D Mark II merits serious consideration. If stills are a lower priority, however, you might be better off with a dedicated video camera or a mirrorless alternative — even for dedicated video shooters the still camera form factor can still offer advantages, especially if you don't want to attract attention from certain authority figures. What do you guys think?     

The Canon 7D Mark II is now shipping at two price points: $1,800 Body Only, and $2,150 with EF-S 18-135mm Lens.

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If I was going to go with a Canon crop sensor dslr, I would choose the Canon 70D over this.

November 1, 2014 at 10:40PM, Edited November 1, 10:40PM

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I guess my preferences were always video with Dslrs, I waited for canon for almost 3 years after 5d mark 2, but they did not upgrade the video quality of dslrs as it was requested, which is fine. I was loyal to canon for 3 years and waited, but canon has to be loyal to its customers like me who use there dslrs only for video.I think many other companies recognized this and included the features and quality which was demanded by a large group of starting out film makers. so we moved, its very less likely for those who moved to Sony, Panasonic or Blackmagic Design, that they are coming back to canon. I have serious doubts, I know I am not coming in near future.
Sony Alpha a6000 is much better in specs and quality for video then canon's any crop factor produced ever and its $550.
Happy film making

November 2, 2014 at 2:40AM, Edited November 2, 2:40AM

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Aurelien Brentraus
Director/Cinematographer
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Canon is turning into the laughing stock of the camera world. I've got a 5D Mark 2 & 3 which I totally love!! Some of the video images I've gotten out of those are insane. You can't mess with those cameras. But for the 7D Mark 2 to not even have focus magnification is a freakin insult. That alone pisses me off to the point where I could care less about Canon. I could be wrong but didn't the original 7D have focus magnification in video mode?

November 2, 2014 at 12:57PM

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Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor
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one word: A7s

November 2, 2014 at 9:43PM

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Alex Mandarino
DP / VFX Generalist
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That a whole ~$1,000 more (plus metabones, assuming they want to use canon glass). If you have the money for this and you can't wait to save more, buy a GH4.

November 5, 2014 at 12:35PM

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Dre Kahmeyer
Director
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The image is so three to five years ago.

November 3, 2014 at 5:24AM

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Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor
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Don't sleep on canon folks..... the video may be a little soft but must all camera be the same as far as details? the details on the 7d2 is not bad at all.. clean HDMI was added...time for ML to start working....60p slow motion.... focus in video mode.... and most important, one of the strongest body in the business..... this camera is built for longevity ......drop the GH4 hard and see what happens.... and lets face it most need the softness of Canon to help y'all as film makers.... besides the pros have you seen others "Films" on the GH4 & Sony...... looks more like VIDEO....... so yes you need the softness......... Long live the KING....... how dare you disloyal subjects disrespect the KING.........

November 3, 2014 at 9:11AM, Edited November 3, 9:11AM

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Alvin Nyemah
Director, DP & Editing (Filmmaker)
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I dropped my GH4 bad and nothing happened, also shot in rain and dirt and in the warzone.. Great, robust, versatile and amazingly reliable camera is all I can say.

November 3, 2014 at 10:00PM, Edited November 3, 10:00PM

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zetty
Filmmaker
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You didn't specify what sony camera you were talking about, but I'm assuming the A7s. Those cameras, when used properly for film, have their pros over Canon DSLRs (4K downscaling for better color space in GH4, awesome low-light and DR from A7s).

November 5, 2014 at 12:42PM

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Dre Kahmeyer
Director
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Well that's it: with this camera, the era of DSLRs as an alternative to "real" camcorders is officially over. A big hand of applause to the rebirth of the camcorder ! Thank you Canon, for starting something you cannot handle anymore.

November 3, 2014 at 4:16PM

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Disagree.

November 5, 2014 at 12:43PM

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Dre Kahmeyer
Director
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Who. Cares. As a video-centric creator.. I'm so incredibly peeved at Canon overall, and I will be moving to Sony very shortly, partly because of this farce called a Mark 2, among MANY other reasons. You can now purchase a $899 Panasonic Lumix which shoots 4K internally, as well as the GH4.. Or buy an iPhone 6 / 6+ which shoots at 120/240fps, a Sony a7S which royally kicks Canon's ass in low light and almost every video category.. Everything they are NOT doing adds up and gives me reason to move away from Canon completely on the video side.

November 5, 2014 at 2:36PM

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Tyler McCool
One Man Show
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Clarification: I mean the a7s vs the Canon DSLRs, not the cinema range... However include the FS7 and we can talk about that..

November 5, 2014 at 2:37PM, Edited November 5, 2:37PM

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Tyler McCool
One Man Show
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I owned the 7D, and now own the 7D ll. It is perfect for what I do and like the clean hdmi out. I like the fact that I can get 1080p @ 422 @ broadcast with an outboard recorder. Seriously, if you want the perfect camera.......it's not here!

November 7, 2014 at 12:28AM, Edited November 7, 12:28AM

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Rachael Dakoda
Owner of Brian's Brackets
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