Canon EOS 7D Mark II Compared to the Canon EOS-1D X

SpecificationsCanon EOS 7D Mark IICanon EOS-1D X
  Canon EOS 7D Mark II Canon EOS-1D X
Year Introduced20142012
Megapixels20.218.1
Total Pixels20.919.3
Sensor Size22.4 x 15.0mm36.0 x 24.0mm
Pixel Dimensions5472 x 36485184 x 3456
Pixel Size4.1μm6.9µm
Diffraction-Limited Aperturef/6.6f/11.0
Aspect Ratio3:23:2
Sensor CleaningEOS integrated cleaning systemEOS Integrated Cleaning System with fluorine coated Low-Pass Filter
Lens MountEF, EF-S, TS-E, MP-EEF (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E, MP-E
FOVCF1.6x1.0x
Image ProcessorDual DIGIC 6Dual DIGIC 5+
 
Autofocus  
TypeTTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensorTTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor
Points65-point all cross-type AF
* The number of AF points and cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens used.
* The center AF point is a dual cross-type AF point at f/2.8.
61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
Working RangeEV -3 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)EV -2 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
ModesOne Shot
AI Focus
AI Servo
One Shot
AI Servo
Point SelectionAutomatic selection: 65 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (65 cross type only, 21 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
Manual selection: Large Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Automatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF 
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
PredictiveYes, up to 8mYes, up to 8m
Assist BeamIntermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated SpeedliteEmitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
MicroadjustmentAF Menu
+/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
AF Menu
+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
 
Exposure Control  
Metering Modes150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
EOS iSA System with 252-zone metering:
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.8% viewfinder at center)
* AF point-linked spot metering not provided
(4) Center weighted average metering
TTL full aperture metering with 252 zone from 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering:
Center spot metering (approx. 2.5% viewfinder)
AF point-linked spot metering
Multi/Spot metering (Max 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 0 – 20 (at 73˚F/23˚C and ISO 100)EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
Exposure Comp+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB)+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO SensitivityAuto (100-16000), 100-16000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments); ISO can be expanded to H1: 25600, H2: 51200
During Movie shooting: Auto (100-16000), 100-16000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments); ISO can be expanded to H: 25600
Auto (100-51200), 100-51200 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) 
ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1 102400, H2 204800
Shutter Speed30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)30 - 1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode)
WB SettingsAWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation: 
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom WBYes, 1 setting can be registeredYes, 5 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias.
+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
 
Viewfinder  
TypePentaprismPentaprism
CoverageApprox. 100%Approx. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 1.00xApprox. 0.76x
EyepointApprox. 22mmApprox. 20mm
Diopter Correction-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)-3 to +1 m-1 (diopter)
Focusing ScreenInterchangeable (2 types, optional)
Standard Focusing Screen Eh-A
Super Precision Matte Eh-S
Interchangeable (12 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Ec-CV
MirrorMotor Driven Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
InformationAF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting mode
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Grid, Electronic level
Other information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG/RAW indicator
AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light, AF status indicator
Exposure information: Metering mode, shooting mode, AE lock, shutter speed, aperture,
exposure compensation, ISO speed (always displayed), exposure level,
exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level
Image information: White balance correction, highlight-tone priority (D+), maximum burst
(2-digit display), CF card information, JPEG/RAW indicator, battery check icon.
Composition information
Grid, electronic level
DOF PreviewYes, with Depth of Field preview button.Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece ShutterOn strapBuilt in
 
LCD  
Type3.0" (7.7cm) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots3.2" (8.11cm) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
CoverageApprox. 100%Approx. 100%
Viewing AngleApprox. 170°Approx. 170°
CoatingAnti-reflection, Solid Structure and Anti smudgeAnti-reflection and Solid Structure
Brightness AdjAuto: Using extenal ambient light sensor
Manual: Adjustable to one of seven levels
Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
 
Flash  
Built-in GN11 (ISO 100, meters)N/A (ISO 100, meters)
Built-in CoverageUp to 15mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 24mm)N/A
Built-in Recycle TimeApprox. 3 secondsN/A
ModesE-TTL II, Manual flash, Multi flash, Integrated Speedlite TransmitterE-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-Sync1/250sec1/250sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Exposure Compensation+/- 3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Exposure BracketingYes, with compatible External FlashYes, with compatible External Flash
Exposure LockYesYes
2nd Curtain SyncYesYes
Hot Shoe/PC TerminalYes / YesYes / Yes
External Flash CompE-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash supportE-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash ControlVia camera menu screen, except for wireless radio flash shooting settingsVia camera menu
 
Shooting  
Shooting ModesScene Intelligent Auto, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb, Custom (x3)Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual
Picture StylesAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Color SpacesRGB and Adobe RGBsRGB and Adobe RGB
Image ProcessingHighlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Multi Shot Noise Reduction
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M, S1, S2 or S3
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Multiple exposure
HDR images 5 presets
Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing - during image Playback only 
Multiple exposure
Drive ModesSingle, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continous shootingSingle, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote), Silent single shooting
Continuous ShootingMax. Approx. 10fps. (speed maintained for up to an infinite number of JPEGs or 31 RAW images with UDMA7 card.Max. Approx. 12fps. (speed maintained for up to 180 images (JPEG) or 38 images (RAW) (with UDMA card), 14fps with mirror locked up and exposure and AF locked on first frame
Shutter Lag55ms36-55ms
Viewfinder BlackoutN/A60ms
 
Live View  
TypeElectronic viewfinder with image sensorElectronic viewfinder with image sensor
CoverageApprox. 100% (horizontally and vertically)Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
FrameRate29.97 fps30 fps
FocusingManual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single), Custom Movie Servo AF
Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
MeteringReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display OptionsGrid overlay (x2), HistogramGrid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios, Dual Axis Electronic Level
 
File Information  
Still ImageTypeJPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
JPEG: 10 compression options (Exif 2.3 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, sRAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous RecYes, any combination of RAW + JPEG, M-RAW + JPEG, S-RAW + JPEG possible.Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
Image SizeJPEG 3:2: (L) 5472x3648, (M) 3648x2432, (S1) 2736x1824, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x480
JPEG 4:3: (L) 4864x3648, (M) 3248x2432, (S1) 2432x1824, (S2) 1696x1280, (S3) 640x480
JPEG 16:9: (L) 5472x3072, (M) 3648x2048, (S1) 2736x1536, (S2) 1920x1080, (S3) 720x408
JPEG 1:1: (L) 3648x3648, (M) 2432x2432, (S1) 1824x1824, (S2) 1280x1280, (S3) 480x480
RAW: (RAW) 5472x3648, (M-RAW) 4104x2736, (S-RAW) 2736x1824
JPEG: (L) 5184x3456, (M1) 4608x3072, (M2) 3456x2304, (S1) 2592x1728, 
RAW: (RAW) 5184x3456 (M-RAW) 3888x2592, (S-RAW)2592x1728
Movie TypeMOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Image data: H.264, Audio: AAC)MOV (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM)
Movie Size1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50 fps) inter-frame
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) lite inter-frame
640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) inter-frame or inter-frame lite
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) inter frame
Movie LengthMax duration 29min 59secMax duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB
Sound FilesN/AWAVE (monaural)
FoldersNew folders can be manually created and selectedNew folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
 
Other Information  
Wireless Features
GPSBuilt-invia optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver
Custom Functions18 Custom Functions31 Custom Functions with 99 settings
Metadata TagUser copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars), GPS coordinates.
User copyright information (can be set in camera)
LCD Panel / IlluminationYes / YesYes / Yes
Water & Dust ResistanceYes (equal to EOS-1N)Yes
Sound MemoNoUp to 30sec per image - 48Khz or 8Khz
Orientation SensorYesYes
Playback Zoom1.5x - 10x1.5x - 10x
Display Formats(1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
(6) Movie edit
(1) Single image with information (2 levels) 
(2) Single image 
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view 
(6) Movie edit
Slide ShowImage selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills,
Rating, Protect images
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
HistogramBrightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Brightness: Yes 
RGB: Yes
Highlight AlertYesYes
Image Erase ProtectionErase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories(1) Shooting menu (x6)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x5)
(6) My Menu
(1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x7)
(6) My Menu
Menu Languages25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
 
Interface  
Computer InterfaceSuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0): for computer communication and direct printingHi-Speed USB
Other InterfaceHDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible, output of uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit for video streaming is possible, sound output via HDMI is also possible)
External microphone (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack)
Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), Extension system terminal (for WFT-E6/GP-E1), External microphone (Stereo mini jack), RJ-45(gigabyte ethernet)
Canon Printer SupportCanon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridgeCanon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
Pict BridgeYesYes
 
Memory  
Memory TypeCompactFlash Type I (UDMA 7 compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card. High-speed writing with UHS-I type SD cards is supported2x CompactFlash Type I/II (incompatible with Microdrive) (UDMA 7 compatible)
 
Software  
Browsing & Printing SoftwareImageBrowser EXImageBrowser EX
Image Processing SoftwareDigital Photo ProfessionalDigital Photo Professional
Other SoftwarePhotoStitch, EOS Utility, Picture Style EditorPhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
 
Batteries & Power  
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (or LP-E6)Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E4N (supplied), 1x CR2025 for date & settings
Battery LifeApprox. 670 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 640 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 1120 (at 23°C)
860 (at 0°C)
Battery Indicator6 levels6 levels + percentage
Power SavingPower turns off after the set time (1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.)Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30mins or Off.
Power Supply Battery ChargersAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4, Battery charger LC-E4N, Car Battery charger cable CG-570 (use with LC-E4)
 
Physical Specs  
Body MaterialsMagnesium Alloy body coversMagnesium Alloy body covers
Shutter Durability Rating200,000400,000
Operating Environment32–104°F/0–40°C, 85% or less humidity0 – 45 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions Inches5.85 x 4.43 x 3.08" (148.6 x 112.4 x 78.2mm)6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3" (158 x 163.6x 82.7mm)
CIPA Weight32.10 oz (910g)54.0 oz (1530g)
 
Accessories  
ViewfinderEyecup, Angle Finder C, Focusing Screen Eh-A, Focusing Screen Eh-SEyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Focusing Screens Ec, Angle Finder C
Camera Case
Wireless File TransmitterWireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 (Version 2)Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6
Compatible LensesAll EF and EF-S lensesAll EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E and MP-E lenses
Compatible FlashCanon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, ST-E3-RT)
Battery Grip BG-E16  Buy ► N/A
RemoteRemote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5
OtherHand Strap E2Hand Strap E2, GP-E1 GPS reciever, GP-E2 GPS reciever
 
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