Updated (March 2015): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D7200

Nikon D7100 vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Nikon D7100

81

Canon EOS 7D

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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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 D7100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
131 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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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
13.7 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.2 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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 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
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
950 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
136×107×76 mm vs 148×111×74 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
675 g vs 860 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D7100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops 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
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              7D220 lenses
              D7100230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D400 ms
              D7100300 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
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,379 - $1,699 body only

              $1,649 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 7D.

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,584 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Size Larger
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

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              Vypernk (10:46 PM, December 28, 2014)
              Funny ... Nikon always wins in this site... And out there I see a lot of PROFESSIONAL photographers changing from Nikon to Canon ... or using a good hardcore canon for specific works ...
              Kind of thinking that this site was made by Nikon fanboys or some shit like that... I don't really care about the brands, but I doubt that the D7100 is THAT much of a better camera than the 7D. The 7D is a freaking monster, great performance, solid build, good sensor, etc...
               
              Avatar for Alex Sartain Alex Sartain (11:28 AM, October 31, 2014)
              The Nikon D7100 has 3D tracking so do most of the new nikons
               
              Avatar for Kausik Bhattacharyya Kausik Bhattacharyya (5:18 AM, September 04, 2013)
              Please mention Live view for Aperture or Shutter speed change for 7D,(Both for Video and Camera Mode) the navigation button to adjust the Focusing points (Like 5D and 1D).Continuous tracking of objects for Sports Photography is a Huge advantage which No Nikon camera Has.
               
              Jsr Thran (3:14 AM, August 28, 2013)
              7D thua CMNR
               
              Avatar for Jatin Lodaya Jatin Lodaya (5:41 PM, March 02, 2013)
              is canon coming out with an updated 7d