Updated (June 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Nikon D800

90

Canon EOS 7D

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
220 lenses
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 4 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 209 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
More lenses available
220 lenses vs 171 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Size
Smaller
148×111×74 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lowest price
Cheaper
$799.00 vs $2,285.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,486 cheaper (2.9x less)
Weight
Lighter
860 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality: 1.7 f-stops higher ISO than the 7D
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
95.0 vs 66.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 3.3 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
900 shots vs 800 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D800's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D400 ms
              D800200 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
              Weight Heavy Help
              7D860 g
              D8001,000 g
              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

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              7D12,800 ISO
              D80025,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              7D920k dots
              D800921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,935 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              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
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

              $3,200 with 24-105mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 - $1,699 body only

              $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $820 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

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

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

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

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,780 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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