Updated (March 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D4

Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Nikon D4

91

Canon EOS 7D

66

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,965 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
89.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Size
Much smaller
148×111×74 mm vs 160×157×91 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 208 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
More lenses available
220 lenses vs 171 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Thickness
Much thinner
2.9" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$799.00 vs $4,548.87
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The best price we've seen is $3,750 cheaper (5.7x less)
Weight
Much lighter
860 g vs 1,340 g
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Around 40% lighter
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D4 has excellent image quality: 1.8 f-stops higher ISO than the 7D
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
89.0 vs 66.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 2.7 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Much longer battery life
2600 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 3.5x more shots per battery charge
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
11 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 8 f-stops better
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D4's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              7D8 fps
              D411 fps
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D400 ms
              D4300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              7D860 g
              D41,340 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D17.9 MP
              D416.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D6,400 ISO
              D412,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              920k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $725 - $897 body only

              $985 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $407 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              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

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 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

              Nikon D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $4,599 body only

              $6,760 with 70-200mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,749 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

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