Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 450D vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

74

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Canon EOS 450D

49

Canon EOS 450D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
524 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
524 g vs 860 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$423.19 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $576 cheaper (2.4x less)
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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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 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
8 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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 61.0
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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
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Color depth
Better color depth
22 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
854 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
800 shots vs 500 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 160 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 7D's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              450D:160 ms
              7D:131 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              450D:1,600 ISO
              7D:12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D:800 ISO
              7D:6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              450D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D:12.2 MP
              7D:17.9 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              450D:21.9 bits
              7D:22 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              450D:10.8 EV
              7D:11.7 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              450D:61.0
              7D:66.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              450D:692 ISO
              7D:854 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,399 - $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 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $753 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              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 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              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 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $913 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $412 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $840 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 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

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Thickness Thicker

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