• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Canon 7D over Canon T3i

  • Fast startup
    0.40 vs 1.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    800 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More AF points
    19 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Less shutter lag
    0.131 vs 0.283 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.4 fps vs 2.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 2.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon T3i over Canon 7D

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Lighter weight
    1031g vs 1467g
    Lighter weight
  • Wider angle kit lens
    29 mm vs 45 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 3.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail; Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor; Rugged construction with magnesium body and weather sealing; Fast autofocus and fast burst rate of 8 fps; Full HD (1920x1080) movies at 30/25/24p, 60/50p at 1280x720.

  • No dedicated AF-assist lamp (flash is used), and AF-assist adjustment is buried in the Flash Settings menu; Kit lens (28-135mm) isn't quite up to the resolving power of the 18-megapixel sensor, odd focal length for subframe DSLR; No continuous autofocus in Movie mode.

  • Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.

  • Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 7D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon T3i
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1799
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon D90

Canon 7D
Nikon D90
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $766
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon T3i
Nikon D90
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $766
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon 7D
Nikon D7000
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $860
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Dual card slots
Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $860
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5100

Canon 7D
Nikon D5100
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon T3i
Nikon D5100
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A77

Canon 7D
Sony A77
  • $1346
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon T3i
Sony A77
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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