Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D5200

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Nikon D5100

69

Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 131 ms vs 273 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 8 fps vs 4 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 800 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 560 g vs 860 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $378.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $621 cheaper (2.6x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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Canon EOS 7D Canon EOS 7D 74
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              7D:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              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 Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,495 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 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 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 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 D5100 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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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.