Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D MII vs Nikon D300S

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
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
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.2 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
 
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 131 ms vs 225 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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 More cross-type focus points 19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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 938 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $930.00 vs $1,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $569 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Better image quality 70.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 950 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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
              D300S:205 lenses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D:400 ms
              D300S:300 ms
              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
              D300S:938 g
              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
              D300S:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D:6,400 ISO
              D300S:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D300S:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              D300S:12.2 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              7D:66.0
              D300S:70.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              7D:22 bits
              D300S:22.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D:854 ISO
              D300S:787 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              7D:148x111x74 mm
              D300S:147x114x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              7D:$930.00
              D300S:$1,499.00
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $893 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

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,300 body only

              $3,299 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              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 Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 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

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,572 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 Significantly fewer cross-type focus points

              Nikon D300S Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,395 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

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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.