Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 20D vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D vs Canon EOS 20D

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

74

Canon EOS 20D

34

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 20D

Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Advantages of the Canon 20D

Size
Smaller
144x106x72 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
770 g vs 860 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 118k dots
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Around 8x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture more than 2x 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 size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.56x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
854 ISO vs 721 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$749.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $850 cheaper (2.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              20D3,200 ISO
              7D12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              20D1,600 ISO
              7D6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              20D8.2 MP
              7D17.9 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              20D21.9 bits
              7D22 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              20D11 EV
              7D11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              20D62.0
              7D66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              20D1.8"
              7D3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              20D721 ISO
              7D854 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $615 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 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 Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 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
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $3,547 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Canon EOS 20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 30D

              Canon EOS 30D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,639 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $925 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm 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

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,000 body only

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

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