Does Canon's latest mid-priced DSLR compete? EOS 7D Mark II

The spanky new EOS 7D Mark II

The spanky new EOS 7D Mark II

Yes, I'm a Nikon guy, but that doesn't mean I'm a Canon hater. I think it's ridiculous that people will take sides on issues simply because they relate to the side, and not the actual issue. Case in point: Republicans (or Democrats) who thoughtlessly abhor the opposing party's proposal simply because it comes from the opposing party – not because the proposal is inherently bad. Sure, it's fun to poke fun at the "competition", but lets not let friendly competition cloud our ability to think on an un-biased and intelligent level friends! 

OK, this is not a politics post, just wanted to clear the air a bit. Phew, I feel better now. 

Canon just announced a mid-priced DSLR that some might compare to the recently released Nikon D750. I'm always excited about new cameras, no matter who they come from, so lets take a peek at the feature set, and see how they compare:

Cool things: 

  • 1080p video at 60fps (same as Nikon D750)
  • On-board GPS for image tagging (Nikon D750 doesn't have this)
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF - should help with video AF (Nikon has their own improved AF)
  • Magnesium allow body - tough! (Nikon D750 is a combination of magnesium alloy, carbon fiber and plastic. Not sure if there will be a durability difference or not. Time will tell)
  • Improved metering system (Nikon has its own improved metering, including highlight biased metering)
  • Dual memory card slots with both formats- CF and SD so you can use whatever you have (Nikon D750 has dual SD card slots)
  • Native high ISO of 16000, extendable to 51,200 (Nikon D750 is 12800 native, extendable to 51,200)

What's missing:

  • Tilt screen - for creative video angles (Nikon D750 has tilt screen)
  • Full-sized sensor - Still using an APS-C sized sensor (Nikon D750 has full-frame sensor)
  • Dual memory card slots with same formats - personally I'd rather have both be SD so you can use just one type of (cheaper) card and know that your speeds and capacities will match. (Nikon D750 has dual SD card slots)

Granted, I'm not as familiar with the Canon line-up to know how significant these changes are from previous versions, but it does sound like a great camera for video capture. Canon has been excelling in video-centric DSLRs lately and this looks like a great deal at $1799 w/o lens. You can also get a package with the 18-135mm lens for $2149

For a do-it-all camera that will be capturing stills as much as video, I'd prefer to see a full-frame 1080/60p camera with a tilt-screen. Let's hope Canon comes out with an affordable model like this soon.

Are you excited about this camera? What features do you like most? What do you wish Canon would add?

The camera that is blowing up social media: Nikon D750

Smaller, lighter, and more features. I love technology! The new Nikon D750 shines.

Smaller, lighter, and more features. I love technology! The new Nikon D750 shines.

I'll start off with saying that I already ordered mine. I admit, I couldn't resist this amazing new camera at an amazing price. I have a Nikon D800 and love it, but there are a few little things I wish it could do to make it more video friendly. The Nikon D750 seems to have addressed all the needs of the serious videographer who also appreciates an exceptional still camera. 

Besides the things that I love about the previous D800, including amazing image quality and clean high ISO performance, here are the standout features of the new D750 for me:

  • Spot white balance - You can select an object already in your scene to create a custom white balance from. 
  • Highlight-weighted metering - You can have the camera perfect your exposure based on highlights in the scene, ensuring important detail is not lost.
  • Tilt screen - finally! Shoot high! Shoot low!
  • HD video at 60 - beautiful slow motion
  • Better viewfinder with ability to adjust color to match other monitors! Finally!
  • Auto ISO while video recording - keep your shutter and aperture constant and let auto ISO adjust the exposure as you move from light to dark to light. Awesome.
  • Built-in WiFi and control app - less external gadgets to connect and a new range of options for remote shooting and viewing
  • L, M, S still image capture resolutions - You don't have to use all of that big, beautiful 24.3 MP sensor if you don't need it. Save smaller files and speed up your post-processing
  • 9 shot auto-bracketing for easily creating a series of images for HDR post-processing. and also includes in-camera HDR for less post-processing.

All this for $2296 right now at B&H! What's not to love?

You can read all the specs on Nikons page, which includes a compelling promo video and a "making of" video that is very inspirational and worth a watch.

Do you see yourself owning one? What will you photograph with it? I'm definitely more inspired to work on new video projects and I think it will be my all-in-one travel camera as well. Technology truly enhances our lives when it inspires us to do more of what we love, be more creative, and share our vision with the world. Now, what about that iPhone 6...

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