I'm not much for gear reviews, but sometimes it helps to break down what the core differences between the new version and the old version are. Of course, which one is for you will depend entirely on what and how you are shooting. I suspect that for the great majority of users, getting a great deal on a 7D will be just fine, but what the 7D Mark II is shaping up to be, is a great sports and action camera.
Canon 7D Mark II Improvements & Upgrades
- Additional rotating toggle switch to flip through AutoFocus modes
- Additional memory card slot like the Canon 5D Mark III housing both Compact Flash, and SD memory cards
- 65 cross point AutoFocus system vs. 19 in the 7D
- Intelligent tracking similar to the Canon 1DX
- 10fps continuous shooting
- 1080p video up to 60fps
- 20.2 vs 18 Megapixels
- Better weather sealing
- Viewfinder display control for additional information
So basically, the Canon 7D Mark II is an improved version of the old one. It looks very similar, and adds a host of features that would be great for sport shooting. If you're not an action photographer, the regular 7D on super sale at Amazon might just be the way to go.
Chris Stenberg is a creative director, photographer, filmmaker, and traveller. In his spare time you can find him biking and boarding in the mountains of British Columbia.