As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS 7D is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Canon EOS 7D's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 70D and the EOS 6D) and Nikon (such as the D7200 and the D5300)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 7D compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (8 fps vs 5.3 fps), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms) and has much less shutter lag (131 ms vs 206 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (september 2009 vs july 2012), doesn't have a built-in GPS and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the 7D)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the 7D)

  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the 70D and 7D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $1,099.00

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the 7D)

  • Larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.62x
  • Has a GPS
  • Thinner: 2.8" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the 7D)

  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 8 fps
  • Less viewfinder coverage: 97% vs 100%
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the 6D and 7D

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $1,099.00
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.9"

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the 7D)

  • Many more focus points: 65 vs 19
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 8 fps
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the 7D)

  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and 7D

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 8 fps
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $949.00 vs $1,099.00

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year newer
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the 7D)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the 7D)

  • Shoots much slower: 5.3 fps vs 8 fps
  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 96% vs 100%

common strengths of the 60D and 7D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $554.94 vs $1,099.00

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the 7D)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.62x
  • Higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 17.9 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the 7D)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.9 fps vs 8 fps
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and 7D

  • None found

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
2 years older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the 7D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the 7D)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the 40D and 7D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 7D compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), significantly larger viewfinder (0.62x vs 0.54x), has a weather sealed body, records movies in 24p and shoots faster continuously (8 fps vs 5 fps).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has slightly fewer focus points (19 vs 39).

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
5 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the 7D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the 7D)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.62x
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 8 fps
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the T6i and 7D

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the 7D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the 7D)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8 fps

common strengths of the D7200 and 7D

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
4 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the 7D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the 7D)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 8 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.62x
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D5300 and 7D

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the 7D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the 7D)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 8 fps

common strengths of the D7100 and 7D

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.62x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
1 year newer
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the 7D)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)
  • Much lighter: 459 g vs 860 g

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the 7D)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the T3 and 7D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the 7D)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the 7D)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.62x
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 8 fps
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the T5i and 7D

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 7D compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a weather sealed body, has an external mic jack, much more lenses available (220 lenses vs 13 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (800 shots vs 310 shots).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 23.8 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 50,000 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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8 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the 7D)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 17.9 MP

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the 7D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 235 shots vs 800 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and 7D

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 7D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the 7D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the A6000 and 7D

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Leica M10-P

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9 years newer
$7,777 - $7,995 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M10-P (vs the 7D)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.73x vs 0.62x
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the M10-P (vs the 7D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 77 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 800 shots
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the M10-P and 7D

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
3 years newer
$606 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-6 (vs the 7D)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×43 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)
  • Much lighter: 287 g vs 860 g

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-6 (vs the 7D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 800 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the NEX-6 and 7D

  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-H1

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8 years newer
$1,299 (body only)
$2,100 - $2,198 16-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-H1 (vs the 7D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-H1 (vs the 7D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 800 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the X-H1 and 7D

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X-T10
5 years newer
$522 (body only)
$400 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T10 (vs the 7D)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Mid size (118×83×41 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-T10 (vs the 7D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.41x vs 0.62x
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 800 shots

common strengths of the X-T10 and 7D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 7D compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes significantly higher resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a weather sealed body, has an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (800 shots vs 265 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it is significantly larger (professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs mid size (110×64×40 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (september 2009 vs july 2018) and is thicker (2.9" vs 1.6").

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

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9 years newer
$338 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX740 HS (vs the 7D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (110×64×40 mm) vs Professional size (148×111×74 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX740 HS (vs the 7D)

  • Much shorter battery life: 265 shots vs 800 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the PowerShot SX740 HS and 7D

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second