• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 1 inch 122.9mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 240.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Canon XC10

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.11 vs 3.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Thinner
    78 mm vs 122 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 0 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.5 fps vs 3.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 20000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon XC10 advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
Canon XC10
Canon 7D
  • $1999
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Canon XC10
Canon 6D
  • $1999
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon 70D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 70D
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1156
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon XC10
Canon 70D
  • $1999
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1156
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A77 II

Canon 7D Mark II
Sony A77 II
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon XC10
Sony A77 II
  • $1999
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Canon 7D Mark II
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon XC10
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $1999
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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