Now that the Canon 70D has been announced and set to release at the end of the month, people are getting excited about the Canon 7D II, which I think should be announced early in 2014. That will give plenty of time for people to purchase the Canon 70D, and enough time to phase out the current Canon 7D before releasing its upgraded brother.
The Canon 70D is a worthwhile replacement for the current Canon 7D, so people are wondering what the Canon 7D Mark 2 will have. I am still excited to see what the Canon 70D can do. There haven’t been any real reviews of the body yet, and I don’t expect to see any until early August.
I foresee the following specifications, as they make sense for Canon.
- 20.2mp CMOS Sensor
- Dual DIGIC 5+
- 19pt AF System (All Cross Type)
- Built-in WiFi
- 3″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
- ISO 25,600 Maximum
- Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus
- Dual SD Card Slots
The changes are mostly with regards to the image processing, image buffer, image capture frame rate, ISO, and SD cards. You’ll noticed that I foresee them adding another Digic 5+ image processor, increased the frame rate of image capture from seven to ten, and added in a second SD card slot over the Canon 70D. You will also notice that I didn’t change the sensor. I think they’ll use the same one in many of their upcoming cameras. They’ll probably release a big megapixel camera at some point, but I doubt it’ll be the Canon 7D Mark II.
These bumps in specifications will allow professionals to choose what they need. It will likely have a bigger buffer than the Canon 70D and having Dual SD Card slots will make professionals more excited, as it could provide redundancy. I think the best place for the Canon 7D will be the professional sports market that the current Canon 7D is popular in and I think people will flock to it, and as long as the cost isn’t too high compared to the other options available.
I don’t think the Canon 7D Mark II will be a camera that I’ll need. I owned the current Canon 7D for a short while, and while it was super powerful, it was also heavy, and not the cheapest thing I’ve ever purchased. The advances in the Canon 70D make the current Canon 7D obsolete, and the Canon 7D Mark II will potentially be outside of my price range. I also think they really want to push professionals towards their single digit camera bodies, and keep non-professionals in the two or three digit bodies.
If you want more information about Canon camera body numbering, check out the bottom of my post entitled, My Next Camera: Canon 70D.