Recent rumors suggest that the Canon 7D Mark II’s release date may have slipped a bit due to manufacturing issues of the Dual Pixel AF sensor for the camera. The excellent Dual Pixel AF we first saw in the Canon 70D and the Canon 7D Mark II is rumored to have a higher performance version of the sensor.
As a result of the manufacturing troubles of APS-C sensors using the Dual Pixel AF technology, the Rebel T5i and Rebel SL1 successors are also experiencing delays. Of course, we could probably expect a similar story for the EOS M3, or whatever the camera is called, as well.
Dual Pixel AF is the best thing to come along in a consumer/prosumer DSLR from Canon in several generations. Canon needs to make sure it delivers on the quality and performance of this feature in every DSLR going forward. With all of the options in the market now, failing to deliver anything less will seem more than stale.
Due to the delays, rumors now point to Q3 of 2014 for release of the 7D Mark II and other APS-C cameras from Canon. Previously rumored Canon 7D Mark II specs are listed below.
- 24.1mp APS-C Sensor
- Dual DIGIC V
- Dual Memory Card Slots (Unknown configuration)
- 61 AF Points
- 3.2? LCD
- Build quality like 5D3
- GPS & Wifi
- $2199 ($500 more than the 7D at launch)
- ISO Performance to get close to the 5D3
- “Lots of video features”
With the Q3 launch time frame in mind now, a pre-Photokina announcement seems more likely to be the case now.
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