Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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Canon EOS 550D

56

Canon EOS 550D

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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
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
530 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 550D does so at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Weight Much lighter 530 g vs 780 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $551.99 vs $624.95
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The best price we've seen is $73 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% 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
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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 238 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              550D:197 lenses
              D7000:205 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $492 body only

              $579 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

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

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $379 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $947 body only

              $1,247 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Focus points Many fewer focus points

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              Avatar for Adonis Doce Adonis Doce (5:14 AM, March 25, 2013)
              it depends on how u set it up...
               
              Nigel (9:44 PM, December 16, 2011)
              Do a calculation for me..
              3.7 (the 550D's speed) +62% = 5.99
              so the D7000 is 62% faster than the 550D.
              Simple maths
               
              Aditleo007 (8:24 AM, October 15, 2011)
              why is it showing 60% faster shutter speed? its not even 50%!