Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 159 ms vs 238 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Much lighter 520 g vs 780 g
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More than 30% 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 Nikon D7000

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 400 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 500D does so at a lower frame rate
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000'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
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        500D:300 ms
        D7000:400 ms
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        500D:197 lenses
        D7000:205 lenses
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        500D:15.1 MP
        D7000:16.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        500D:3,200 ISO
        D7000:6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        500D:None
        D7000:Contrast detection
        Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
        500D:1080p @ 20fps
        D7000:1080p @ 24fps

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        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $848 - $966 with 18-105mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,399 body only

        $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,049 - $1,150 body only

        $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $550 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        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

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,152 - $1,684 with 18-135mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Color depth Better color depth
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,633 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 - $1,147 body only

        $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Battery life Much shorter battery life

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