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

Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D3S

91

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Canon EOS 7D

67

Canon EOS 7D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

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

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
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 

differences

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
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$999.00 vs $4,994.99
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The best price we've seen is $3,996 cheaper (5x less)
Thickness
Much thinner
2.9" vs 3.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Much lighter
860 g vs 1,240 g
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More than 30% lighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Less startup delay
120 ms vs 400 ms
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3.3x less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9 fps vs 8 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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
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
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              7D:8 fps
              D3S:9 fps
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D:400 ms
              D3S:120 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
              7D:860 g
              D3S:1,240 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              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 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 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
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 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

              $2,495 body only

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Thickness Thicker

              Nikon D3S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

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

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $4,514 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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