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

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 20D

34

Canon EOS 20D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
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
 

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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differences

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
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
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Much higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
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 size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.56x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 7D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $999.00 vs $1,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Thickness Thin Help
              20D:2.8"
              7D:2.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              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
              20D:3,200 ISO
              7D:12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              20D:1,600 ISO
              7D:6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              20D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              20D:8.2 MP
              7D:17.9 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              20D:21.9 bits
              7D:22 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              20D:11 EV
              7D:11.7 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              20D:62.0
              7D:66.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              20D:721 ISO
              7D:854 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,495 - $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 EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 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

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 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 Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $674 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 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,400 body only

              $1,849 with 18-200mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points

              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 Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,138 body only

              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

              $1,000 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

              $389 - $390 body only

              $399 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $650 - $1,025 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 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 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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