Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7D vs 5D Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from canonwatch.com, imaging-resource.com, 1001noisycameras.com, dpreview.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 7D vs 5D Mark II

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

EOS 7D
854 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 7D
2,000 LPH
EOS 5D Mark II
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 7D
131 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 7D
61 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 7D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 7D
8 fps
EOS 5D Mark II
3.9 fps

Features Key features of the EOS 7D  vs 5D Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 7D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 7D
12,800 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
25,600 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 7D
0.62x

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

EOS 7D
18.5 microns
EOS 5D Mark II
41.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 7D  vs 5D Mark II 

8.2
7.9
Its excellent EVF, versatile and intuitive live view and AF system, and its solid, reassuringly well thought-out operational ergonomics are all better reasons to buy this camera.
EOS 7D

10.0
10.0
With an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a price tag of £1,500 body-only the 7D hits the mark perfectly.
EOS 7D

8.5
8.2
The higher-resolution sensor necessarily has extremely small pixels, which never bodes well for image quality.
EOS 7D

Overall

8.9 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 7D  vs
5D Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP 21 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456 5616 x 3744
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.0x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 41.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
CR2
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,100 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 19 9
Cross type focus points 19 1
Supports continuous No No

shutter

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

form factor

Size 148 x 111 x 74 mm 152 x 114 x 75 mm
Thickness 74 mm 75 mm
Weight 860 g 850 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

EOS 7D  vs
5D Mark II 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 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 Manual Manual
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 98%
Magnification 1x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.62x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 8 fps 3.9 fps
Battery life 800 850
Continuous shooting
3.9 fps, JPEG
8 fps, RAW
Focus lag 131 ms 206 ms
Shutter lag 61 ms 82 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 400 ms
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