Updated (April 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D5100

Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

70

Nikon D5100

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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 D5100.

competitors

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$750 - $899 body only

$981 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,269 - $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
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,220 - $1,499 body only

$1,499 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$329 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
True resolution Higher true resolution
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

$418 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag More shutter lag

discussion

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Showing 18 comments

Ian (4:07 AM, November 30, 2012)
did you even look at their review they recommended the 7D. Sometimes I wonder about people. I mean there are some real dumb ones out there.
 
Xvxcfvxcv (7:47 PM, July 21, 2012)
 d5100 has better image quality than 7d, there is too much difference between them. If you can see that, you are really blind.

however, 7d is a serious camera and d5100 its a toy.

7d is, currently, obsolete because his image quality really sucks, converting his advantages in a piece of junk
 
Faizan (8:26 PM, June 05, 2012)
You cant just give your verdict interms of score - There is always difference between theory and practice. There should be an Disclaimer at top of every comparison that snapsort is just an engine - it gives you the score based on certain known factors about a camera and it can be incorrect.

Some example here. 

70D vs 60D - There is tie
http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_60D-vs-Canon_EOS_7D

60D vs D5100 - D5100 is winning 
http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_60D-vs-Nikon-D5100

70D vs D5100 - 7D is winning 
http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_7D-vs-Nikon-D5100
 
Faizan (8:24 PM, June 05, 2012)
You cant just give your verdict interms of score - There is always difference between theory and practice. There should be an Disclaimer at top of every comparison that snapsort is just an engine - it gives you the score based on certain known factors about a camera and it can be incorrect.

Some example here. 

70D vs 60D - There is tie
http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_60D-vs-Canon_EOS_7D

60D vs D5100 - D5100 is winning 
http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_60D-vs-Nikon-D5100

70D vs D5100 - 7D is winning 
http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_7D-vs-Nikon-D5100
 
Vithya (7:35 PM, January 18, 2012)
Hiokokok i want lasat result.so wich the Best? D5100 or EOS 7D
 
Chetjarvon (2:33 AM, January 18, 2012)
WOW!!! This site is a joke. I tried the D5100 it feels cheap, not that great of a picture, it only has 4 shots per second, how the hell did it get more votes then the 7D at half the fps esp when the 7D has one of the fastest focusing sensors on the market? The Canon 7D might not have as many features as the D5100 but those features such as the HDR image isn't really effective as doing 3 diff exposures. The 7D is MUCH better in every category because it is a prosumer camera vs an entry level camera. Also how is it that the 7D got less votes on build quility when the body is a weather sealed magnesium alloy body vs the poly-carbonate plastic body of the D5100? The brains of the D5100 aren't that good and in test shoots it doesn't even compare as an over all camera then the 7D. How could they when they are on 2 completely different levels? This site is horrid and anybody else notice the leaning toward Nikon side? It's in almost every comparison which leads me to think he's either really stupid, working for Nikon, or a Nikon fanatic. Either way this site has lost ALL credibility with me. If you want real videos try digitalrevcom channel on youtube. They are amazing and have REAL comparisons without the bullshit.
 
Bashkug_17 (11:37 PM, January 16, 2012)
you can buy two D5100's out of 1 7D!  :)
 
F10 (0:26 PM, December 27, 2011)
D5100 wins because of more than 20 points in popularity !!!  LOL  !!!
 
Fil_1790 (0:19 PM, December 27, 2011)
Unbelievable! I can not believe that someone take a -right- decisione after this comparison :)
 
Info (6:31 AM, December 17, 2011)
This site receive some extra buckz from Nikon.... thatz Nikon 5100 over the Canon 7D....
 
Jhever (11:53 PM, December 12, 2011)
if the d5100 sensor is larger than 7D so the still D5100 images are better no mater the 18m vs the 16mp, if both have full hd 24p but D5100 also autofocus, video is better with nikon, that is why i am going to buy the NIkon D5100
 
Avatar for markus o markus o (3:10 PM, December 08, 2011)
"has much better image quality" than the 7D. yeah, they asked god and he gave his judgement...
how is this kind of automated reviews supposed to be realistic or even plausible?
 
Amir-Egypt-67 (11:57 PM, November 26, 2011)
Please in english otherwise i will write in Arabic :)
 
Bill8i (8:27 PM, November 24, 2011)
Snapsort recommends the D5100 over the 7D. This website is a joke.
 
Leli (9:43 AM, July 21, 2011)
too much price for d7 -_- shes not that much
 
Jojon (6:27 AM, July 11, 2011)
comparison kutu kupret, 7D Has a built-in focus motor ?
 
Ovexi (7:03 PM, July 09, 2011)
Right, very informative...
 
Ahmad M304 (2:08 AM, June 02, 2011)
kedua kamera ini sangat bagus, aku ingin memiliki salah satu diantaranya.