Canon 7D MII

Canon EOS 7D Mark II front
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Push to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 910g - 149 x 112 x 78mm
  • Launched September 2014
  • Replaced the Canon 7D
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 7D MII summary

Canon 7D MII is Canon's Advanced DSLR digital camera first released on September of 2014. The camera has a 20MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon launched this model as a way to update the earlier Canon 7D (Read Full Comparison)

The 7D MII comes in at #32 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and over-all #170 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should look at our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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Canon 7D MII history

The Canon 7D MII comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can take a look at all earlier and new models along with important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-77D front thumbnailCanon 77D
7D MII vs 77D
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2017
Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 7D MII20MPAPS-C10.0 fps2014
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Canon-EOS-70D front thumbnailCanon 70D
7D MII vs 70D
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-7D front thumbnailCanon 7D
7D MII vs 7D
18MPAPS-C8.0 fps2009

Canon 7D MII Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Canon 7D MII based on features which are often considered important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with Top LCD screen
decent megapixels (20MP)
environment proof
good minimum ISO (100)
has dual storage slots
has face detection focus
has tracking autofocus
includes external mic jack
includes HDMI support
includes headphone jack
manual focus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
nice clear screen (1,040 k dot)
screen size is good (3 inch)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery pack (670 CIPA)
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Canon 7D MII Sensor specs

The Canon 7D MII is run by the DIGIC 6 (dual) processor chip. The sensor dimension on the Canon 7D MII is 22.4mm x 15mm (APS-C). The 336 mm² sensor can capture 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 16000. The ISO can also be extended electronically to a maximum of 51200. RAW files are supported so you have more margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the 7D MII's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 7D MII sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 7D MII dimensions

Canon 7D MII has a weight of 2.01 lbs (910 gr or 32.10 ounces) and the size of the camera is 149mm x 112mm x 78mm (5.9" x 4.4" x 3.1"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Canon 7D MII is more heavy compared to various competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Canon 7D MII besides a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the 7D MII.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II topview buttons dials

Canon 7D MII Lens details

The 7D MII fits the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses currently available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the 7D MII.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Tamron-SP-AF-11-18mm-F4.5-5.6-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF11-18mmf/4.5-5.6 355g
Zeiss-Otus-85mm-F1.4-Canon-EF lensZeiss Otus 85mm F1.485mmf/1.4 1200g
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Canon-EF-50mm-f1.8-STM lensCanon EF 50mm f1.8 STM50mmf/1.8 159g
Canon-EF-200mm-f2.8L-II-USM lensCanon EF 200mm f2.8L II USM200mmf/2.8 765g
Canon-EF-70-200mm-f2.8L-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM70-200mmf/2.8 1490g
Carl-Zeiss-Planar-T1.4-85-Canon-EF lensCarl Zeiss Planar T 1,48585mmf/1.4 700g
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Canon-EF-50mm-f1.4-USM lensCanon EF 50mm f1.4 USM50mmf/1.4 290g
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Canon 7D MII Connectivity

The 7D MII has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer files and oftentimes alter settings without connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon 7D MII Video details

The max video quality on the Canon 7D MII is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance in video quality vs file size but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. The body does include both headphone and mic jack making it especially valuable while recording audio.

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Canon 7D MII Weather Sealing

Canon 7D MII has got environment proofing which makes it a great choice to use in rough conditions. This can be especially beneficial if you are unsure about the conditions you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Canon 7D MII Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 7D MII has a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen. The 7D MII also has a builtin Top LCD screen so it’s possible to instantly view camera settings.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon 7D MII are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.63x

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be quite useful.

Canon 7D MII Shutter details

Canon 7D MII continuous shooting rate is 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Canon 7D MII Flash and Hot shoe details

Canon 7D MII has got both in-built flash and also external flash support. The max flash sync is 1/250 sec.

Canon 7D MII Autofocusing details

Canon 7D MII has got both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which can be helpful for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor has 65 focus points to choose from. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Canon 7D MII boasts manual focus when needed in low light or you want to have more exact control on focus.

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Canon 7D MII Battery life

The battery pack (LP-E6N) in the Canon 7D MII is fashioned to last for 670 shutters with respect to the CIPA requirements making it lower as compared to its competitors. The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 features the maximum (2260) battery life in this class of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon 7D MII for varying forms of photography

The following diagram gives a rundown of the Canon 7D MII for varying forms of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon 7D MII Portrait photography advice

The Canon 7D MII gets a rating of 78 which is very high, and means the camera is a awesome option for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos together with the ability to utilize external lighting.

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manual focus
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW formats

Canon 7D MII Street photography info

Having a reasonable score of 58, the Canon 7D MII is fairly acceptable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization

Canon 7D MII Sports photography highlights

A very good sports photography points total of 69 indicates the Canon 7D MII is a good pick for taking photos of sports. A camera must have great tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
low battery pack (670 CIPA)

Canon 7D MII as a Travel photography camera

Weight is very critical in getting a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon 7D MII gets a decent 58 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat acceptable to take on your holidays.

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environment proof
megapixel count decent (20MP)
has built in flash
terrible battery (670 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Canon 7D MII Landscape photography details

If you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Canon 7D MII at it's above average rating of 71 as a landscape camera is a respectable pick within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
decent megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
two card slots
no image stabilization
low battery life (670 CIPA)

Canon 7D MII Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should offer a moving display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon 7D MII is not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 29.

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includes face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external mic socket
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization

Canon 7D MII Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the 7D MII, below is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the family of Advanced DSLR.

The diagram below will give you an overview of the 7D MII vs it's highest rated rivals shown above.

These are various other cameras you might look into as alternatives. To look at a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
DIGIC 6 (dual)
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
22.4 x 15mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW format
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon EF/EF-S
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
12.00 m
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Max flash sync
1/250 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50. 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
910 grams (2.01 lb)
149 x 112 x 78mm (5.9" x 4.4" x 3.1")
Battery life
670 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
Launch cost