The Canon EOS 7D mkII was announced a week ago. For a long time the old Canon 7D was one of the best video shooting DSLR’s. Now the new addition to the Canon DSLR family offers many improvements in video mode. At cinema5D we took the camera into the field and tested it thoroughly to give you an impression of what it offers Note: This review and footage were shot on a beta camera. There may be improvements in the final production version of the camera. I got into a nostalgic mood when I sat down to write this article, as the original Canon 7D served me very well despite its limitations. Be it a BBC news pieces or a National Geographic Video, that camera was truly a working horse for me. 5 years to the date, and its successor landed on our desk raising modest expectations when it comes to the video side, as this camera according to its specifications isn’t offering all the features we would wish for and that other large sensor cameras already offer. Watching Canon’s 7D mkII promotional video led us to believe that an extensive amount of sharpening was used in post and indeed our own findings support the assumption that the 7D mark II footage is a bit soft. We can tell you the video quality of the Canon 7D mark II is comparable to that of the Canon 5D mark III. Soft but very clean. In the above video, 25% sharpening was used in post in order to make the clean picture “alive”. Besides the nice looking clean video mode it seems that Canon for the first time added audio output via HDMI. For a long time this feature was requested by professionals who worked with Canon DSLR’s on news assignments or when using external recorders. Another enhancement from the original model is the headphone jack. Now it is possible to monitor your audio while recording video, but mind you that on this “beta camera” the preamps were rather noisy. Also audio and video were not in perfect sync as you can see in the video. Probably this issue will be resolved in the production version. Other than that the added full HD in 50p and 60p mode is a very nice addition, but limited to IBP compression only. Normal video is recorded in ALL-i coding like on the 5D mark III. Other “basic video features” like peaking or magnifying video while recording did not make it into this camera. Another noticable improvement is the brighter and larger LCD screen, dedicated video overlays, better lowlight capabilities, Dual-Pixel CMOS AF (as on 70D) and the ability to use both CF and SD cards. All in all the Canon 7D mark II offers surprisingly nice looking and clean video with lovely and accurate colors and no aliasing or moiré. We will go into detail in our upcoming lab test where we will compare sharpness, colors, dynamic range and lowlight to other cameras including the old 7D. One or two years ago this camera would probably have sold like hot cakes. 5D mark III video in a much more affordable APS-C body and slow motion in full HD. But now that 4K is here for many the video might be too soft. Many thanks to Sonja Völker from herzilein-wien.at Music by themusicbed.com The Light the Heat – Autumn Eyes Johnnie Behiri is a freelance documentary cameraman/editor/producer working mostly for the BBC and other respected broadcasters. He is also co-owner of cinema5d.comRead more
Canon just introduced a new full frame DSLR camera. It comes at almost half the price of the 5D mark III and offers very similar HD recording features. So it comes with the usual HDSLR bling bling like manual audio, 25p, 30p and so on, the Canon rep on the phone said that movie recording is “same like on the 5D mark III“. The press release also talks about the HD recording side of the camera which makes it look like a pretty capable HDSLR.Read more
B&H offers a very interesting deal on the Canon EOS 7D body that expires today. Regardless of the meaning of this huge sale here’s a chance to get a new 7D at a very affordable price. Why this deal is interesting even though the new & cheaper EOS T4i/650D (Review here: LINK) offers some better features and the identical feature: Because Canon announced a significant firmware update for the 7D that will bring manual audio during recording. Scheduled for August: LINK And because Mosaic Engineering released their anti aliasing filter that impressed us and shows that the 7D still has balls. Review here: LINK Canon 7D for $1345 (only today) at B&HRead more
There’s a clear need for a more affordable 5D mark III generation Canon HDSLR. At NAB a Canon rep said they’re working on it. Last month we heard rumors about the Canon 7D mark II & Canon 70D. Here’s a new rumor with a picture of Canon’s next low end APS-C DSLR camera: The Canon EOS T4i, also referred to as 650D. People have shot great things on the T2i & T3i. Come on Canon, hurry up with that new camera. via canonrumorsRead more
The first rumors about the next HDSLR cameras in line on Canon’s DSLR roadmap are coming in. With Canon’s introduction of the 5D mark III 2 months ago some filmmakers are eager to see a more affordable version of the new generation of Canon’s HDSLRs. For others the APS-C sized sensor which comes very close to the 35mm film format is an argument against the 5D mark III. Unfortunately there are no dates mentioned for the release of these cameras yet but rumored specs lists are a good start. Published by canonrumors: Canon EOS 70D – Digic 5 – 18mp – 100% viewfinder with grid lines like 7D – 19 AF Points from 7D – Continuous AF in LiveView & Video Recording – September Announcement 7D Mark II – Dual Digic 5 – 100% viewfinder – 61 Point AF from 5D Mark III – Announced after 70DRead more
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