Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D5300

Canon EOS 7D

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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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
131 ms vs 302 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 500 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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 D5200

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
84.0 vs 66.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Focus points
More focus points
39 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 860 g
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Around 40% 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 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Lowest price
Cheaper
$496.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $502 cheaper (2x less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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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
              7D:197 lenses
              D5200:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D5200:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm 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 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 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

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Thickness Thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Battery life Longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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