Nikon D300S vs Canon EOS 7D

Nikon D300S


Canon EOS 7D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Many focus points
Focus points
More storage slots
Storage slots
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage

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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second


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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D300S.


Nikon D300S Competitors

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$714 - $797 body only

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

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$935 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 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

$479 body only

$719 with 18-105mm lens

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

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$780 - $999 body only

$870 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$1,249 - $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
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D


$699 body only

$870 with 18-135mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing


Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
131 ms vs 225 ms
More than 40% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 7 fps
More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 15
Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
$849.00 vs $1,449.00
The best price we've seen is $600 cheaper (more than 40% less)
860 g vs 938 g
Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22 bits
Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 19
Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Better image quality
70.0 vs 66.0
Around 10% better image quality
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
950 shots vs 800 shots
Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              7D220 lenses
              D300S230 lenses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D400 ms
              D300S300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              7D860 g
              D300S938 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              7D12,800 ISO
              D300S6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D6,400 ISO
              D300S3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D17.9 MP
              D300S12.2 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              7D22 bits
              D300S22.5 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D854 ISO
              D300S787 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              920k dots




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              Nikon D300S Canon EOS 7D


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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.