As of this writing, this marvellous piece of imaging technology is on sale for only 999 USD. Yep huge discount and a deal of the lifetime. Yep.
Scott Eaton: As a current Canon owner that has vowed never to buy another Canon dSLR again there's nothing in this preview that has changed my mind. Looking at the side by sides of the 7D 'Service Pack II' -vs- the Nikon 7100 I am still utterly astonished at how the Canon gets away with such trivial I.Q. improvements and yet their fan base keeps marching forward. If you objectively look at RAW side by sides the 7100 only falls behind in high ISO noise, but still has a significant lead in detail and color resolution. Plus, the 7D SP II *still* sludges high gamut reds like the 7D and 60D before it.
If you go to DR Resource the difference in detail between the two cameras is even more astonishing. I give credit to Canon for improving the noise floor, but it was dismal to begin with in the 7D and 60D.
To which Canon fans are going to slam my comments, but I stand behind my observations. If you are a soccer dad who likes to claim to be a pro while living in FB it's the perfect machine - like the 7D.
BarnET, you obviously haven't been to my part of town. When you go to my son's soccer match, you see rebels, 5Ds and 7D everywhere. Very real.
I disagree its a small market. One segment that is quite huge would be soccer dads and moms everywhere who will enjoy the 7Dm2's 10fps when shooting their kids' sports games. Camera IQ today is good enough that ordinary folks can't distinguish (or care) which was shot with which camera but they will notice the burst rate and the camera's ability to capture the best moments of their children's games.
Anastigmat: The 7DMKII is a souped up Digital Rebel. That is the god awful truth.
So what? I have taken beautiful pics with my Rebel too.
He certainly got people to talk about him.
marc petzold: Nothing against FroKnowsPolin, aka Jared, but i can't stand his "teaching Style" in general, and if you've seen his sniffing test...well, that sort of slapstick, some ppl might like it, but i've found it way un-professional journalism. His tipps & guides are mostly only for beginners, and he's also brillant into self-marketing.
But what i can't stand is his ego, much bigger than his weird haircut, and also weird talking style - like i said, a one man freakshow, that is.
Therefore, i prefer reading/watching serious Stuff, for example from David DuChemin, Michael Frye, Piet Van Den Eynde, Bob Christ & many others - to name just a few serious Photographers.
By the way, i shoot RAW since 2002, and happy being an amateur photographer.
I personally don't like Fro's style but many of my students in photography enjoy his teaching style. The fact that he's making money off these wacky tutorial videos shows that there are enough people who enjoy his material.
webrunner5: Just go to U Tube and you can learn all you sort of need to know to start out. Video is like photography, trial and error. Takes years to get good at either, but I like a lot more than one opinion on anything. Video is HARD ASS STUFF to do well. And you had better have deep pockets to make a fairly good output.
But I would suggest anyone young get on the bandwagon because it is the future. Frame gabs will be the thing not just going out and taking 5 pictures all day. The DSLR thingy we know now will be like still shooting with a 8x10 View Camera 5 to 7 years from now.
Yep, but believe it or not there is quite a big market for people who consolidate info into one neat package. I have a friend who makes a living writing about guides on carpentry tools, all he does is gather info reads in forums, newsletters, and websites. I guess these kinds of guides saves newbies the time and effort for a fee of course.
mrcultureshock: With all due respect for Fro and DPReview, this tutorial is not news. Give us more reviews and industry news and let Fro sell his own tutorials.
Market forces Mr. Shock. You don't like it don't click on it, don't comment on it. If enough people do it, it will discourage them to publish such content in the future. All you are doing now is generating more hits for this article.
Wow tough crowd.
Well if it sell it sells I guess.
Karl Summers: This review is bunk, and she is not a pro photographer. That is all I have to say.
On the other side of the coin I know a few extremely talented photographers who tried to go pro but because they don't have the acumen for business lost money and opportunities. In the pro world the skill of running your own business is just as important as knowing your craft.
I enjoyed her holds no holds barred review but I'm somewhat skeptical with her opinion that the 7D feels inferior to the 7DmII. Perhaps I will change my mind once I hold one but the 7D is built and feels like a tank. In fact, if you guys remember, Digital Rev did a torture test on a 7D where it was smashed, frozen, shot at, and burned but it still worked. I could argue the build quality is on par with the 5dmIII, some claim even better. This baby is seriously one super tough camera.
Shamael: Voice recording, my Nikon F5 had no voice recording, my Mamiya C330 did not have voice recording, my Hasselblad 500 had no voice recording and my Bronica GS had no voice recording, and all we did with it was shooting pictures. This digital age has brought us many problems as it seems, voice recording....sick, only a few top end cameras in high price range have that. So, blaming an aps-c camera for having no voice recording sounds somewhat stupid.
Voice recording may have not any value to you but is a huge part of the workflow of other professionals like sports photographers and photojournalists. Is that so hard to understand?
Mongrel: No way I'm reading 310 posts to see if it's been stated (I'm almost sure it has though...) but...
A simple comparison of $1800 for a 7D II vs $6800 for a 1Dx will put the review in perspective.
"For $1800 the 7D II is one helluva a camera and can (obviously) get the shot even at the professional level."
Anything else mentioned that is considered a "problem" can easily be solved by the purchase of a 1Dx.
I agree if there is something I could not take away from my 7D is that its built like a tank, IMOH tougher than even the 5dm3.
Oh come on, don't let her words hurt your feelings.
mosc: Wow, you prefer the 5D to the 7D, amazing insight! 10 FPS is not even that quick if you got off of your Canon fixation. This is one of the most expensive APS-C cameras on the market, it's not "cheap". Lenses are true to their focal lengths when they're made for the sensor size camera you have. That's nothing to do with whtiher it's APS-C or FF. If you use a MF lens on your 5D, it's not going to use the whole lens.
Gah, this article is somewhere between frustrating and simply irritating.
It would be interesting to put those camera in an indoor sports with poor light autofocus/tracking acid test.
Tomrood: Anyone using the words hate or puke in a review does not really sound like a professional. And to top it off she wrote 25% about a ridicules feature that no camera in existence has. And if u ask me no pro cam wil ever have this... can u imagine how it would look if all the photographers during a sports game where talking to their camera..hilarious!
I really don't understand why DPR even published this..
I know three pro sports photographers who shoot with the 1dx and use the voice recording extensively.
MisterPootieCat: Sorry Bettina, you lost me at "a color profile that reminded me of puke". It sounds like you can't even figure out how to get the color profile right. There's no evidence to support your claim either.
Fellow 7D owner here. I'm guessing when she meant puke (which is hyperbole. She works for a newspaper of course!) maybe she means high ISO shots. Shot a ton of indoor sports with terrible terrible lights and the colors are really bad. I shoot in raw so I can somewhat fix it in post but for someone like her who needs the fast turnaround of Jpeg, I can see this can be quite a headache.
Hibiscusbloom: I believe this young lady might have (most likely unintentionally) offended many people with her words particularly with her remarks about the 7D. This is a very sensitive area and cameras to many are very personal.
A more balanced approach like presenting not just one working photographer's views but several might have been a better choice.
True, this lady has taken some good shots so have thousands of other sport photographers worldwide. So one has to be careful not to give an entire platform to one person especially on a very hot, "emotionally charged" camera.
No different from the Apple/Android lovers who attach themselves a bit too much to their smartphones. Sad indeed.
Everywhere around the web hates this no substance marketing campaign. I really hope that Canon takes note of this.