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

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 450D

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Canon EOS 450D

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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
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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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
 
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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
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
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 10.8 EV
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0.9 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 3.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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 size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
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
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $999.00 vs $1,633.25
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The best price we've seen is $634 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              450D:160 ms
              7D:131 ms
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Thickness Thin Help
              450D:2.4"
              7D:2.9"
              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
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              450D:21.9 bits
              7D:22 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              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

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm 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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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 - $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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 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 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,221 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 EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,264 body only

              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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 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

              $985 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 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 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,180 - $2,199 body only

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

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,150 - $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

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