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

Nikon D5300 vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Nikon D5300

81

Canon EOS 7D

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Great image quality
Overall image quality
83.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

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

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 200 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
800 shots vs 600 shots
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More than 30% 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"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
83.0 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 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D5300 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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Focus points
More focus points
39 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size
Smaller
124x99x76 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
480 g vs 860 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5300's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$696.95 vs $849.00
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The best price we've seen is $152 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              D5300:205 lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D:6,400 ISO
              D5300:12,800 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $859 - $1,099 body only

              $1,330 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $630 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $652 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 significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,349 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 - $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $997 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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              alaoe (8:36 PM, October 10, 2014)
              Canon is widely known more than Nikon.