Unexpected features of the Canon 7D Mark II
I have been using a Canon camera since my (very) early photography days..for those of my age: it was an FTb ! I have recently swapped my 7D with the new 7D Mark II, after having used it for about four years and 10’000 shots in 5 continents.
As many of you probably do, I went through quite a lot of technical reviews prior to placing my order. Needless to say that those simply gave me a little more encouragement regarding a buying decision that was already made ! Once I received the camera, I was really pleased in discovering some small improvements with respect to the elder sister that were absolutely not mentioned on the hi-tech reviews that I had encountered, and I thought it could be interesting to mention them on this blog.
Touch and Feel
Canon has changed the rubberized material that covers the camera’s body, providing a much ‘warmer’ feeling to the user. Watch out: you will get easily acquainted to that and you will not feel it in some time, but the first impression is really nice.
Silent shooting features have been added to the Drive Mode selection. You can shoot up to 4 fps with less shooting sound than the standard mode : not too bad !
Multiple exposure on same frame
This is a cute little feature that allows some creativity : you can merge up to nine shots in one image. Imagine the sequence of an athlete jumping an hurdle, a biker saluting you or you talking to yourself ….
Time lapse videos are becoming more popular and if you want to try shooting one, the camera gives you the opportunity, without having to purchase an external timer.
Quick picture style access
The picture style selection is not lost somewhere in the menu ! Now it is easily accessible through the ‘creative’ button on the camera rear.
Level display in viewfinder
I must admit it: many times I do have a problem with a tilted horizon once I check my pictures, even with the displayed grid. Now Canon has introduced a displayable level in shooting mode that can help even further !
100 - 400 + 1,4x extender
Last but not least : I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that with this camera, the magic couple works with autofocus !
...... I'm pretty sure I'll discover more !