Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

75

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Canon Rebel T3i

60

Canon Rebel T3i

Runner-up
     
 

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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Weight Significantly lighter 570 g vs 860 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size Smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $799 cheaper (5x less)
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 131 ms vs 283 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 8 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.53x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Battery life Longer battery life 800 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 66.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3i:11.5 EV
              7D:11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i:22.1 bits
              7D:22 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i:65.0
              7D:66.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i:793 ISO
              7D:854 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $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 significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

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

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 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 EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $669 - $700 body only

              $200 - $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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              discussion

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              Randy (4:56 PM, July 15, 2013)
              Don't think T3i has buit-in focus motor!!
               
              Antonio Pedroso (11:54 PM, March 24, 2012)
              Hi there, i love your comparison!But I can help you with more information.
              I already had the both cameras. Now I got a 7d.
              But my reason to change was that the t3i when pluged in a HDMI external monitor through its mini hdmi output, shows the image as is:
              when previewing, its full hd output. When recording  shows only an SD image on the hdmi output.When playing it show full hd hdmi output.
              But when using the 7d , it shows all the time the ful hd hdmi output without change never the size of the image when doing play, rec or preview.
              But what I like in t3i is that it has the control to turn off the hell AGC audio, that 7d does not have ( i hate them because of this).
              I really dont know why the canon does a god job in some cameras and a shit in anothers.
              That's all folks that I had to tell.
              Bye

              Attn
              Antonio Pedroso
              Brazil
               
              Fioremomma (4:26 PM, February 03, 2012)
              I didn't find the format confusing but could be to others. Great review, Im depending on this site to make my purchase.
               
              Diego (6:22 PM, January 15, 2012)
              You say that neither 7D or T3i has weather sealed and the 7D it does have it.
               
              Agray (4:10 PM, December 23, 2011)
              Your comparison review is perfectly on-point statistically and cogently presented in visually literate layout. Any comments to the contrary reflect flaws in the commentor, as you so deftly and kindly point out. Your review fundamentally confirmed my decision and contributed significantly to my feeling of confidence and satisfaction; both before and after my purchase of the T3i. Thank you kindly.
               
              Mike (1:32 AM, November 21, 2011)
              This comparison is great, thanks!
               
              skyfox (5:44 PM, September 24, 2011)
              this review was super, uber helpful
               
              JC Hambone (10:07 PM, September 04, 2011)
              Great review
              Good Job!
               
              FatalityBySponge (9:24 PM, July 26, 2011)
              The format was just confusing. I would suggest in future comparison, to not switch the columns back and forth. Keep one camera in column 2 and the other in column 1. Thanks for the review, though! Very helpful!
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:14 PM, May 20, 2011)
              Hey Hawkeye, is there something specific we have wrong. I have compared our specs to Canon's website and it looks correct. 

              Thanks again.
               
              Hawkeye245 (0:17 AM, May 20, 2011)
              Your information about the t3i and the 7d incorrect, I would suggest looking the cameras up again and fixing your specs.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:42 PM, April 05, 2011)
              Hi Sylvain, I think you misinterpreted the page, the page shows that the 7D has a 1/8000s shutter speed and shoots at 8fps. You can confirm this on our Canon 7D specs page.
               
              Sylvain (4:01 AM, April 05, 2011)
              You should be careful. You're providing wrong and confusing information. For instance the 1/8000s is for the 7D and not the T3i. Same for the 8 fps.