Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D3300

Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D3200

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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
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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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 4 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
131 ms vs 276 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.52x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Much 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
800 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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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
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 860 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$279.00 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $470 cheaper (2.7x less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              7D197 lenses
              D3200205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              7D19
              D320011
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $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
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,000 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Thinner
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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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.