The guys at Photo Rumors tested the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the DxOMark results are a bit haunting for Canon users. In the comparison charts below they found the highly anticipated Canon EOS 7D Mark II tests similar to the five year old Nikon 300s. Has Canon hit a plateau in meaningful updates to push themselves ahead of the rest of the pack? With comparisons to five year old Nikon systems, it could be the case.
Needless to say, having waited long enough for the highly rumored Canon EOS 7D Mark II, I was very excited to get my hands on the new Canon flagship crop sensor to see the major differences. Using the previous model for a few sporting events here locally it was nice to see updates in focus and speed though slight it was an upgrade. Being a Canon shooter from the start it has been a slow go at finding truly innovative jumps in bodies recently. Waiting for the next variation to only find its being compared to older Nikon or Sony bodies is discouraging and has kept me holding on to my older Canon gear even longer.
Below are some of the screen grab comparisons for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
On paper, the Canon EOS 7D Mk II looks to be a solid choice for sports and action photographers, but its sensor performance is somewhat behind the best in class, at least at low ISOs. Relatively high noise, less discriminating color, and below-average DR at base ISO all continue to hold back Canon sensors against rivals, but that’s not the case at higher sensitivities. In fact, when light levels fall, the Canon EOS 7D Mk II performs competitively, even surpassing rivals slightly. If Canon could only address performance at base and low ISO, the EOS 7D Mk II would make a thoroughly convincing all-round choice, but in this category the Sony A77 II looks to be the more compelling option. - DxOMark Conclusion Statement
What do you think? Have we seen a plateau in updates from Canon or camera bodies in general? Am I alone in thinking companies are taking after the Apple update scheme in releasing slight evolution steps rather than revolutionary steps as they seem to tote each year in marketing plans?
[via Photo Rumors]