It’s long been assumed that the successor to Canon’s cropped-sensor stalwart, the 7D Mark II, will arrive in 2019. We’re now getting news that an announcement might be coming in the first quarter of the new year.
The Mark II was announced in 2014, offering very appealing specifications at a very accessible price point. No other DSLR from Canon has waited this long to be upgraded and its successor is long overdue, especially, as noted by TheNewCamera, given that Canon does not have a flagship APS-C DSLR after the Mark II was discontinued earlier this year.
Given the age of its predecessor, improving its specifications won’t be difficult, but what can we expect from the Mark III? A fully articulating screen seems a certainty, as does a boost to the number of megapixels and autofocus points. TheNewCamera suggests that it will contain the new Digic 8 processor and will offer video shooters 4K at 60 fps, a significant step up from the Full HD on the Mark II, and a direct challenge to its Nikon equivalent, the D500.
One of the biggest appeals of the original 7D was its fast burst rate, giving stills shooters a very tasty 8 fps that was then upgraded to 10 fps with the Mark II. The Mark III might seek to push this a little further, allowing it to trump the 10 fps of the Sony a7 III and the D500. Combined with improved high ISO performance, wifi, and improved battery life, Canon, with its massive choice of lenses, might be able to create a strong option at a time when many are shifting to mirrorless systems.