We just got our hands on a pre-production beta unit of Canon's latest DSLR, the 7D Mark II. We wasted no time in hitting the streets to grab some shots for your viewing pleasure.

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We will be putting the 7D Mark II through the ringer in the coming weeks, with a more detailed rundown of just what it's capable of. But we wanted to serve up some quick and dirty snaps right off the bat. Bear in mind, that these are coming from a pre-production beta sample, which means Canon is still tweaking the image output, and it could be a hair different once the camera ships (though it's usually pretty much the same).

As always, you can head to our Flickr gallery for full-resolution downloads of these files. Unfortunately Adobe software cannot yet read RAW files from the Mark II, so we were forced to give you JPGs. All the stills were shot with the Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS lens. Initial thoughts after the images:

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From my brief walkabout, the camera definitely seemed as speedy as they come. I fired off some bursts and kept servo focusing switched on, and the Mark II never missed a beat. As far as image quality goes, you can't tell a whole lot from JPGs. They look good, but would I point out any attribute as being a great deal better than other APS-C DSLRs out there already? Nope.

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A burning question is still how the 7D Mark II's video footage looks. Tomorrow we will whip up a comparison with a few other leading DSLRs and see exactly what's up.