Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7D Mark II vs 550D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


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Camera Rocket Score

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 7D Mark II  based on its image quality and focusing.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 7D Mark II vs 550D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 7D Mark II
1,082 ISO
EOS 550D
784 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 550D
252 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 550D
96 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 550D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 550D
3.7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 7D Mark II
670 photos
EOS 550D
440 photos

Features Key features of the EOS 7D Mark II  vs 550D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 550D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 7D Mark II
51,200 ISO
EOS 550D
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 550D

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 7D Mark II
16.8 microns
EOS 550D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs


EOS 7D Mark II  vs
Megapixels 20 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 5472 x 3648 5184 x 3456
Area 22.4 x 15 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 16.8 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 51,200 ISO 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 65 9
Cross type focus points 65 1
Supports continuous Yes No


Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 1x 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.62x 0.54x


Max continuous shooting 10 fps 3.7 fps
Battery life 670 440
Continuous shooting
3.7 fps, JPEG
10 fps
Focus lag 249 ms 252 ms
Shutter lag 52 ms 96 ms
Startup delay 500 ms 400 ms


EOS 7D Mark II  vs
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94 fps (MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Hybrid detection Manual
Autofocus type Hybrid detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 149 x 112 x 78 mm 129 x 98 x 62 mm
Thickness 78 mm 62 mm
Weight 910 g 530 g
Is weather sealed Yes No


Includes a GPS Yes No
Supports HDR Yes No
WiFi None None
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
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