Updated (September 2009): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D300

Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D300

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Focus points
Many focus points
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
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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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
131 ms vs 227 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
Slightly 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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$799.00 vs $1,400.00
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The best price we've seen is $601 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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0.6 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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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
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro 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
              D300230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D400 ms
              D300300 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
              D300925 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              7D12,800 ISO
              D3006,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D6,400 ISO
              D3003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D17.9 MP
              D30012.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              7D22 bits
              D30022.1 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              7D66.0
              D30067.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D854 ISO
              D300679 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              7D$799.00
              D300$1,400.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.62x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              7D920k dots
              D300922k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              7D11.7 EV
              D30012 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $819 body only

              $960 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 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

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 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 D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $747 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

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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

              $1,379 - $1,699 body only

              $1,649 - $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

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 body only

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,250 body only

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth

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