• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $1330 Average Retail $1699 MSRP
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $1132 Average Retail $1500 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon 7D over Nikon D7000

  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.131 vs 0.238 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.4 fps vs 2.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 2.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

Nikon D7000 over Canon 7D

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • More AF points
    39 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 45 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    5.8x vs 3.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking

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.

  • Very good image quality; Better than average noise vs. detail handling at high ISOs; Very good dynamic range in JPEGs, excellent in RAW files; Lots of high-end features in a relatively compact body; 6 fps burst mode.

  • Viewfinder not as accurate as specified; Viewfinder doesn't show ISO unless adjusting; No live histogram in Live View mode; No phase-detect Live View AF mode.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D90

Canon 7D
Nikon D90
  • $1330
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
  • $758
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D7000
Nikon D90
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
  • $758
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D300S

Canon 7D
Nikon D300S
  • $1330
  • APS-C
  • 1080p
  • More pixels
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D7000
Nikon D300S
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • 1080p
  • More pixels
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Canon T3i

Canon 7D
Canon T3i
  • $1330
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $568
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
Nikon D7000
Canon T3i
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $568
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Kit lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon D5100

Canon 7D
Nikon D5100
  • $1330
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
  • $591
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D7000
Nikon D5100
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
  • $591
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon 70D

Canon 7D
Canon 70D
  • $1330
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • $1588
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D7000
Canon 70D
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More AF points
  • $1588
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
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