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

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

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Canon EOS 500D

53

Canon EOS 500D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,167 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points
Many more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Significantly 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
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
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your 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
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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              500D:300 ms
              D7000:400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              500D:197 lenses
              D7000:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              500D:$683.52
              D7000:$679.00
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              500D:1080p @ 20fps
              D7000:1080p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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 - $899 body only

              $959 - $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
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

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

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

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

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $412 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

              $913 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 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Much larger

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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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