• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon 7D advantages over Nikon D7000

  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.24 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    16 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Nikon D7000 advantages over Canon 7D

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,167 vs 854 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer battery life
    More info 1050 vs 800 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
  • More kit lens zoom
    5.8x vs 3.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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.

  • 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 Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 7D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1468
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • GPS
Nikon D7000
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • More dynamic range
  • $1468
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon D90

Canon 7D
Nikon D90
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Nikon D7000
Nikon D90
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 60D

Canon 7D
Canon 60D
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Longer battery life
Nikon D7000
Canon 60D
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Pentax K-5

Canon 7D
Pentax K-5
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D7000
Pentax K-5
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon T3i

Canon 7D
Canon T3i
  • $1129
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Nikon D7000
Canon T3i
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
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