Canon Releases Footage from 7D Mk. II

Cello Shows Off Movement, Color And Dynamic Range

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Canon announced the 7D Mk. II not long ago and we’ve been waiting to see the quality of video coming out of it. And they’ve now showed off a very polished, and highly cinematic short called Cello, which shows off not only the dynamic range, but also how the camera handles movement. And you know what? It’s pretty darn good.

The short film, “Cello,” showcases how the EOS 7D Mark II DSLR can create professional-level videos with a DSLR camera. See how Movie Servo AF delivers smooth focus transitions, while high ISO sensitivity enables stunning imaging performance in varied lighting. – Canon

Just a refresher of the specs of the 7D Mk. II:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 65-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Native ISO 16000, Extended to ISO 51200
  • Continuous 10 fps Shooting
  • Magnesium Alloy Body Construction
  • Built-In GPS Receiver & Digital Compass

When Canon announced the 7D2, I, for one, was rather disappointed in the feature set. Considering it took so long for the Canon 7D Mk. II to come out, I expected to see it go up against the Panasonic GH4, with the hopes of a 4K resolution, or at least 2.5K. Alas, Canon took the conservative path and stood pat with 1080p, instead choosing to upgrade the 7D2 with Dual Pixel AF and a more powerful processor, while keeping everything else relatively the same. But the result surely does show in the footage above.

What I like about the video is that Canon shows us the lenses it shot with, and the company seems to dare us to criticize the 7D2 with rolling shutter complaints. The movement in the video shows that the Dual Pixel AutoFocus and Movie Servo do a great job of handling the motion, and letting the 7D focus on sharp images and some really nice dynamic range.

I rather do like the image quality of this test footage, even though it is official EOS Movie footage. I’d really like to see some other sample footage from shooters out there that isn’t carefully crafted by Canon’s marketing department.

But even then, at the end of the day, it’s still a 1080p camera that will run as much or more than the GH4, which can image in 4K. So how it will fare against a world that can shoot in ultra high definition for less, is anyone’s guess.

Hat Tip – RSN

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.