Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D MII vs Nikon D4

Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D3S

91

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Canon EOS 7D

73

Canon EOS 7D

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
 

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%
 
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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
Size Much smaller 148x111x74 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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Around 50% smaller
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 197 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Much thinner 2.9" vs 3.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weight Much lighter 860 g vs 1,240 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $999.00 vs $6,149.99
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The best price we've seen is $5,151 cheaper (6.2x less)
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Advantages of the Nikon D3S

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 3,253 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D3S has excellent image quality 1.9 f-stops higher ISO than the 7D
Battery life Much longer battery life 4200 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 5.5x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 82.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D3S's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3S's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9 fps vs 8 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D:400 ms
              D3S:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              7D:8 fps
              D3S:9 fps
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              7D:860 g
              D3S:1,240 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              D3S:12.1 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              7D:920k dots
              D3S:921k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              7D:11.7 EV
              D3S:12 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

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

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,180 - $2,199 body only

              $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,150 - $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $695 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Nikon D3S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $6,621 - $6,842 body only

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,000 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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