Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D MII vs Nikon D4

Nikon D4

Winner
Nikon D4

95

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Canon EOS 7D

71

Canon EOS 7D

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Size Much smaller 148x111x74 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 208 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Much thinner 2.9" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weight Significantly lighter 860 g vs 1,340 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $1,299.00 vs $5,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $4,698 cheaper (4.6x less)
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
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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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1.4 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 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 11 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 204,800 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
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 1 f-stop 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D:400 ms
              D4:300 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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              D4:16.2 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $2,499 with 24-105mm 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 Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $900 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $797 body only

              $847 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D4 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,800 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $8,999 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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