Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D300

Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

68

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Nikon D300

64

Nikon D300

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
19
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 131 ms vs 227 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 854 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 860 g vs 925 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 67.0 vs 66.0
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Almost the same
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 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        7D:197 lenses
        D300:205 lenses
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        7D:400 ms
        D300:300 ms
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        7D:19
        D300:15
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
        100%
        Thickness Thin Help
        2.9"
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Weight Heavy Help
        7D:860 g
        D300:925 g
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        7D:12,800 ISO
        D300:6,400 ISO
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        7D:6,400 ISO
        D300:3,200 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        7D:17.9 MP
        D300:12.2 MP
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        7D:22 bits
        D300:22.1 bits
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        7D:66.0
        D300:67.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        7D:854 ISO
        D300:679 ISO

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        0.62x
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        7D:920k dots
        D300:922k dots
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        7D:11.7 EV
        D300:12 EV

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,608 - $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
        Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,595 body only

        $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Lens availability Fewer lenses available
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

        Nikon D300 Competitors

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        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Color depth Better color depth
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

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