Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

75

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

56

Canon Rebel T2i

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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 Rebel T2i

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
530 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 3.7 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 131 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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
Battery life Longer battery life 800 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 80% 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
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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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size Significantly 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
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Weight Significantly lighter 530 g vs 860 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $799 cheaper (5x less)
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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
              400 ms startup delay
              Thickness Thin Help
              7D:2.9"
              T2i:2.4"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              7D:11.7 EV
              T2i:11.5 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              7D:22 bits
              T2i:22.1 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              66.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D:854 ISO
              T2i:784 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,608 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $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 body only

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

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 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 Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              discussion

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              Anon (9:11 PM, May 15, 2012)
              The t2i is known as the 'baby 7d'. They're both great cameras, but if you are newer or looking for a bang for the buck, get the t2i.
               
              Dave Cumming (5:40 AM, November 09, 2010)
              When I look over the Score Analysis [between the T2i and 7D], it seems the biggest [glaring] difference is in the intrinsic realm of ... "popularity". How often people look up and check out a model, yes? At more than one half the price less, no suprise there. And so it "earns" a bunch more points, gaining the victory in the matchup on the "total points" basis. Seems like that would be a good [2nd location] for your comment from the beginning, on comparing different types of camera's.
               
              Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (9:22 PM, March 12, 2010)
              Thanks for pointing that out Vonnie! 24p does seem to be a sought after feature by those looking to get a film look in their video, see wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24p

              We'll look at including whether or not a camera records video in 24p in our comparisons the future.
               
              Avatar for vonniedavis vonniedavis (9:03 PM, March 12, 2010)
              At the Canon site, it states that the Rebel T2i also shoots 24p -- but you don't show this here.