Updated (March 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D3200

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

70

Nikon D3200

66

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.

competitors

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$780 - $999 body only

$839 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$879 - $1,097 body only

$1,389 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,259 - $1,399 body only

$1,679 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon D3200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$294 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$330 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$324 body only

$399 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Shutter lag More shutter lag

discussion

Canon EOS 7D
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nick (8:15 AM, January 27, 2015)
one reason to consider Eric, which the review doesn't mention, is that the pixels on the 7d are bigger by 20% which helps reduce grain at higher ISO
 
Eric (6:07 AM, July 05, 2014)
How the heck did the 7D just win that? Who cares if the viewfinder is .12x bigger, or that it's .1" thinner? The D3200 has better image quality, higher resolution, better high ISO performance, has autofocusing video, a larger sensor, more than an f-stop more dynamic range, EVERYTHING THAT ACTUALLY MATTERS FOR TAKING PICTURES. Not to mention it's almost a whole grand cheaper! The only real edge the 7D has is that it's weather-sealed, and if you're trigger happy then it does shoot twice as fast fps. Those are genuinely convenient measures that the D3200 does not exploit, unfortunately. But really, what sort of mathematical basis is the scoring based off of?! The comparison clearly shows the D3200 is a much better camera, BONUS: the price. Come on Snapsort, head your own comparisons.