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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1500 shots
 
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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Overall image quality Better image quality 74.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,320 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 39 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points Significantly more focus points 45 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-H 27.9x18.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 60% larger sensor
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 104 ms vs 131 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Size Significantly smaller 148x111x74 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Weight Significantly lighter 860 g vs 1,230 g
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More than 30% lighter
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:104 ms
        7D:131 ms
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:39
        7D:19
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
        100%
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Weight Heavy Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:1,230 g
        7D:860 g
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:16 MP
        7D:17.9 MP
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:74.0
        7D:66.0

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
        7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:0.59x
        7D:0.62x
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:22.8 bits
        7D:22 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:1,320 ISO
        7D:854 ISO
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        920k dots
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        EOS-1D Mark IV:12 EV
        7D:11.7 EV

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        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 body only

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

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,899 body only

        $1,899 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $623 - $1,257 body only

        $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        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 Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,199 - $2,731 body only

        $2,889 - $3,695 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

        Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

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        Canon EOS 1D X

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Pro DSLR

        $6,799 body only

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

        Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $6,000 body only

        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus

        Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 7D.

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