Updated (February 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Nikon D7100

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Nikon D7100

Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Nikon D7100



Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
Screen size
Large screen
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7100.


Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$999 - $1,025 body only

$1,399 - $2,299 with 24-105mm lens

Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$949 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$1,999 - $2,349 body only

$2,599 - $2,699 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Weight Slightly heavier

Nikon D7100 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$769 - $997 body only

$1,099 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$569 - $647 body only

$599 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$400 body only

$500 - $515 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing


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Abey (9:28 AM, June 26, 2014)
Im not really a fan of Canon nor Nikon,but in this instance ive stumbled apon this site cause i wanted to know is its really true that the Nikond7100 is far better than the Canon 5Dii , me an a good friend also pro photographer took some really good pics whole day , abit of everything action , wedding , food ect and the Nikon came out tops in terms of colour and resolution and its just plain true im not even a nikon fan ...the cANON WAS AN IS STILL MINE BY THE WAY ...IM NOT CHANGING IT ...all im saying is ,its better
Soctav (8:16 AM, April 24, 2014)
I don't think this website favors one or an other. They have an algorithm that compares certain key features and give points for each. D7100 is not a better camera than 5dMark2. It is a better deal. Because the website takes the price into account as well. So you get more camera for the buck with d100 than with 5d mark2 and I am sure this si true. 5d is only slightly better and the price is way way larger. And in my opinion Canon always made better cameras but a lot more expensive than Nikon. So if you are an uncompromising professional, you wil go for Canon's top cameras. But if you can't afford Canon's best, you will probably be better buying Nikon.
rajeev sharma (11:15 PM, April 06, 2014)
i think each one shoot whom they feel by his her fellings.our thought not equal.only a simple way bright contrast and colour make us confused.otherwise both r best.price is matter if we spend same as mark3 maybe its littlebit better.only one shot u paid 50% more.a passioner need a cam or time.low light doesnot metter
Avatar for Peter Paul Poop Peter Paul Poop (7:10 AM, February 10, 2014)
nice compare...nikon is the best!
Avatar for VotingHasChanged VotingHasChanged (3:10 AM, November 28, 2013)
LMAO at all the butt hurt losers who wasted their money on the 5D!
Protographer (2:40 PM, September 19, 2013)
This website is Nikon supporter or may be like Dpreview alike support Sony. For normal sense, full frame camera is always better then the crop sensor. Likewise full moon is brighter then the half moon.
Avatar for Iulian Iulian (11:44 AM, August 23, 2013)
I'm starting to think that this site is making Nikon look way good than Canon...
KENJI CHOI (11:23 PM, June 11, 2013)
you can not compare $2475 vs $1179 = $1296 THAT'S BIG DOLLARS???????????????
vitalishe (9:32 PM, June 08, 2013)
How is that a camera that costs 40% less is only slightly cheaper?
Also D7100 totally dominates D7000 and D7000 tied with 5DM2.
How in the world is this true?
Avatar for Joey Joey (2:38 AM, March 29, 2013)
A TIE!? It's like the d7000 vs the mark 2 review was copied and pasted.