• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over YI M1

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    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 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 80 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.5 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

YI M1 advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $1799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones

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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.

  • Cheap as chips (and with a kit lens!); Quality Sony Exmor Four Thirds sensor; Widely-supported Micro Four Thirds lens mount; Good image quality from raw files; Reasonable burst performance for price; 4K video capture.

  • Poor ergonomics; Controls too easily bumped; Frustrating user interface; Mediocre JPEG image quality; Heavy-handed noise reduction; Unreliable white balance; No raw+JPEG; Buffer is almost nonexistent; Focus confirmation beep happens while still focusing; AF is poor in low light; Laggy user interface in playback; Extreme crop for 4K video; Kit lenses feel cheap; No bundled flash.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
YI M1
Canon 7D
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
YI M1
Canon 6D
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 70D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 70D
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
YI M1
Canon 70D
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A77 II

Canon 7D Mark II
Sony A77 II
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
YI M1
Sony A77 II
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Canon 7D Mark II
Panasonic GF7
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
YI M1
Panasonic GF7
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
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