Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Canon EOS 7D MII

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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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 500D

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

Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Size 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 520 g vs 860 g
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Around 40% lighter
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Color depth Better color depth 22 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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 3.4 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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 854 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 800 shots vs 400 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 159 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              500D:300 ms
              7D:400 ms
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              500D:159 ms
              7D:131 ms
              Thickness Thin Help
              500D: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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              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              500D:3,200 ISO
              7D:6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              500D:15.1 MP
              7D:17.9 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              500D:21.7 bits
              7D:22 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              500D:11.5 EV
              7D:11.7 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              500D:63.0
              7D:66.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              500D:663 ISO
              7D:854 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,690 - $1,899 body only

              $2,385 - $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 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 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 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 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

              $634 - $750 body only

              $813 - $907 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

              $830 with 18-55mm 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

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              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $435 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,633 - $1,733 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Does not take movies

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 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

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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