Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Canon EOS 7D MII

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Canon Rebel T3

43

Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Weight Significantly lighter 459 g vs 860 g
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Around 50% lighter
Size Smaller 130x100x78 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $275.99 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $723 cheaper (3.6x less)
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 131 ms vs 309 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 8 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 22 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 854 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 800 shots vs 700 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T3:300 ms
              7D:400 ms
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3:12.2 MP
              7D:17.9 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3:21.9 bits
              7D:22 bits
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3:9
              7D:19
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              7D:11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3:62.0
              7D:66.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              7D:854 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 body only

              $200 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $745 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,209 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,300 body only

              $3,409 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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