Summary

Highly Recommended awardCanon's EOS 7D Mark II is one of the toughest, fastest and most confident DSLRs for sports, action and event photography. If you always wanted the flagship 1Dx but couldn't afford it or accommodate the size and weight, the 7D Mark II will give you most of its handling performance in a smaller, lighter and much cheaper package. Indeed it'll also throw-in AF in lower light, effective focusing for movies and a built-in GPS receiver. Sure it can't compete with full-frame cleanliness in low light, but the field reduction applied by the APSC sensor is actually preferred by many sports and wildlife photographers. If you're after a camera mostly for landscape, architecture or more general-use, you'll be better-served by one of the many high-end mirrorless options now available, but if you're a sports, action or event shooter who likes to seamlessly capture quality stills and video, the 7D Mark II will make your job a breeze. If you're not wedded to EF lenses though, also consider Nikon's newer and arguably even more confident D500.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II review

Samples

The following images were taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II fitted with an EF-S 10-18mm and EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM II lens. All shots were taken in Aperture Priority or Manual modes. The 7D Mark II was set to its best quality Large Fine JPEG mode, and I’ve posted samples here straight out-of-camera. All shots were taken with Auto White Balance and the camera’s defaults, including the Standard Picture Style, Standard High ISO NR and Standard Auto Lighting Optimizer.

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:145.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:165.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/640, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:70.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/3200, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/3200, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:190.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/3200, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/2000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:180.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/1600, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/800, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/40, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/13, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:7.1, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:168.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:15.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:16.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:120.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/800, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:70.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:70.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/25, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/5, Aperture:6.3, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:70.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:0.8, Aperture:16.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:25, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:15.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:6400, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/6, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:6.3, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:7.1, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:7.1, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:10.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:70.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:120, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:18.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/8000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/8000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Shutter speed:1/8000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

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