Nikon D300S vs Canon EOS 7D

Nikon D300S


Canon EOS 7D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.2 EV
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Many focus points
Focus points
More storage slots
Storage slots

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

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


Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300S.


Nikon D300S Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$580 - $697 body only

$939 - $997 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$439 body only

$651 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Focus points Fewer focus points

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$799 - $899 body only

$889 - $1,019 with 18-55mm lens

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

Canon EOS 6D


$1,269 - $1,399 body only

$1,699 - $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
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


$1,199 - $1,341 body only

$1,549 - $1,649 with 18-135mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag


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Avatar for aspr aspr (7:10 AM, May 25, 2013)
From a printing technologist viewpoint, the sensor color pickup of both cameras is great. All Nikons right from the D40s to D700 and also the D800 have image processing inbody which produce sweeter or slight HDRed photos.

Canons Digic 3 and 4 processors have always had more neutral color tones and therefore more accurate rendition of color. It really is a choice based on individual taste. 7D is most rugged to use and best for sports and outdoors due to sturdier construction. More and more professionals I know are opting for Canon for most regular shoots, when they cant afford or hire Hasselblad. Nikon cameras are better looking than canon IMHO :)

So choose any camera objective-oriented depending on whether you want all rounders or specialist types for specific work.

Most people who can afford have multiple bodies that they use as primary and backup cameras.
Nickvelaborja (5:05 AM, June 30, 2012)
I'm planning on upgrading from my Canon Rebel T1i, and I can't decide what to go with. I shoot mostly portraiture, both still and action. I don't have any lighting equipment save for a reflector (not much equipment in general). I'm anticipating something in the pro-sumer level of camera like either the Canon 7D or Nikon D300s since I don't have the money for the professional level bodies (or the skill/professionalism for that matter, let's be real). But I just don't know. Someone help me out with some suggestions or some research i've missed?
Alwynjsmit (9:17 AM, May 14, 2012)
Both the 7d and D300s have weather sealed bodies
Avatar for BayAreaHydro BayAreaHydro (2:29 PM, February 02, 2012)
There is no question that the video on Canon 1080 surpasses that of Nikon's 720.Dollar for dollar there is no comparison, Canon wins hands down.
Ishaanctg (8:09 PM, January 17, 2012)
@Hojayho Bro,whats the cheapest lense that u use for d300s and how is its result, and how is the image quality of d300s compared to d7000 in a similar lense
Fearless (6:55 PM, November 19, 2011)
I belive that 7D has weather sealed body also
Engr Omerfarooq (1:01 PM, October 28, 2011)
both 7d and d300s are excellent. but i go for more towards ergonomics at pro level because image quality will always be great by big companies like nikon and canon. i like handling of nikon more then canon. just personal preference.
Maj_mike28 (2:46 PM, June 07, 2011)
I would agree on this statement... My Fav is D7000 of all bodies I have and had. Currently I own a D300s, D7000, and D5000. The image quality for D7000 is really good. Thumbs up for D7000 and most of the time when I cover an event D7000 is really handy supported back by my D300s and for real emergency D5000. The quality of the D5000 is not as far from D300s but you can only obtain a good quality on D5000 once you do it manually and not in Aperture Priority mode or etc.
Hojayho (10:59 PM, May 21, 2011)
I just sold my 7d which I had for 1 year and four months, and got a nikon d300s.

The hand feel of the 7d is heavier and more solid, but the image quality of the 300s is better, sharper, more dynamic range and more detail. I still have a 5d and 1d mark iin, and a d7000, d1x and 3100, and all 3 fuji s2, s3 & s5. The s3 is the best in portraits, but sport shots would have to be the 7d.
The image qualiy of the d300s is as good as the 5d and 1d mark iin.

I am happy to have switched the 7d to d300s, cos the 7d's pictures seem dull.
My favorite is the d7000, for the price and full hd video with constantly focusing while filming.