Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D800

Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Focus points
Many focus points
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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 197 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size Smaller 148x111x74 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 860 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,303 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the 7D
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.62x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D700's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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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
        400 ms startup delay
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        7D:19
        D700:15
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        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
        D700:1,074 g
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        7D:17.9 MP
        D700:12.1 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.

        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        7D:12,800 ISO
        D700:25,600 ISO
        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
        D700:922k dots
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        7D:66.0
        D700:80.0
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        7D:11.7 EV
        D700:12.2 EV

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,598 - $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
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 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
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $650 - $699 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
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $848 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 II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,499 body only

        $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,697 body only

        $2,197 - $2,200 with 24-85mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

        Nikon D700 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,410 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

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        Transformers93 (5:36 AM, March 03, 2012)
        Very good point
         
        hunter04 (5:47 AM, September 20, 2011)
        i think the nikon d700 is goood... because of the low noise at high iso and the full frame sensor.....
        but i go for 7d.... much better color for the eye..
         
        Thepedalshop (6:54 PM, June 19, 2011)
        When you see major motion picture companies using the cannon d 7 as there main camera for filming in HD you know there is a reason.