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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Is Sharper And Has Less Noise Than EOS 5D Mark III

Image © Arthur Morris (all pics used with permission)

Look at the animated GIF above. Then look again, and maybe look at it one more time. Got it?

The animated GIF was made by professional photographer Arthur Morris. He shot two pics, one with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the other with the EOS 7D Mark II. For both pics he used the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens with a Canon Extender EF 2X III. Both cameras were set at ISO 400 and shot with 1/2500 at f/8. From the resulting images he made the 100% crop above.

Arthur Morris correctly notes two things (image above):

  • The feathers behind and above the bird’s eye are sharper in the 7D II image than in the 5D III image.
  • As far as noise, the 7D II image looks a lot cleaner.

Wow! It’s true. There is less noise in the image shot with the EOS 7D Mark II, and the same pic is also sharper!

Want to get closer? Then have a look at the 200% crop below.

Image © Arthur Morris (all pics used with permission)

Amazing, isn’t it? Look how the fine details come out better in the EOS 7D Mark II image. The EOS 7D Mark II seems to be the killer APS-C DSLRs professional photographers were waiting for. Kudos Canon, and to Arthur Morris for the not so easy task to shot two pictures using cameras with different sensor size and making the animated GIFs. Head over to his post to grab the story.

The EOS 7D Mark II appears to be an awesome DSLR. Read also about the EOS 7D Mark II’s incredible high ISO performance, and about the advanced auto-focus.

What do you think?

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The shipping date for the EOS 7D Mark II to October 30 (previously November 28). In Germany Wex Photographie is accepting pre-orders for the EOS 7D Mark II (€1,699).

World-wide pre-order links after the break

Canon EOS 7D Mark II pre-order links:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Canon IT, WEX Photographic, Canon FR, Canon UK, Canon DE


  • 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
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