• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sigma DP3 Merrill advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.00 vs 4.11 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Sigma DP3 Merrill

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 14.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.5 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    103 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.5 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Buy the Canon 7D Mark II

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.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Canon 7D
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1032
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon 6D

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Canon 6D
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1032
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D7100

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Nikon D7100
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon 7D Mark II
Nikon D7100
  • $1032
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 70D

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Canon 70D
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $739
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 70D
  • $1032
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $739
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A77 II

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sony A77 II
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Canon 7D Mark II
Sony A77 II
  • $1032
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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