by Johnnie Behiri | 24th September 2014
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
by Ethan Vincent | 15th September 2014
It’s official. The Canon EOS 7D was just announced at the Canon event at Photokina. The new addition to the Canon DSLR family FINALLY does 1080p at 60 fps, something only Canon buyers of the flagship EOS 1DC have had a their dispense. The Dual Pixel CMOS allows AF in Video mode and benefits in live view when switching between subjects and, in combination with Canon’s Custom Movie Servo predictive AF, when tracking moving subjects. ISO sensitivity in video mode parallels stills mode to 16000 and video, as well as stills, can be recorded to both SD and Compact Flash cards in the dual card slot. Also an applauded new feature for timelapsers out there: The EOS 7D Mark2 interval timer takes from 1 to 99 shots at preselected intervals. Not sure if 99 is the cap on the interval, but we’ll find out soon. For action sports photography friends out there, the EOS 7D Mk2 has 65 AF points at shoots at 10fps. Here is Mark Horsburgh from Queensland, NZ testing its photo and video features. Specs so far: 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View 65-Point All Cross-Type AF System Native ISO 16000, Extended to ISO 51200 Continuous 10 fps Shooting Magnesium Alloy Body Construction Built-In GPS Receiver & Digital Compass The will be a lot of questions surrounding the image quality and codecs options over the 5D mark3 and other Canon DSLRs. Other companies have since advanced from 1080 h.264, offering sharper and more robust images, often at 4K. My instinct suggests the answer to these questions, but we’ll wait for the roll out of further info and test imagery for know for sure.Read more
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