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
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
 
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differences

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 significantly 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
Lowest price Cheaper $999.00 vs $2,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,300 cheaper (2.3x less)
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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
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $815 - $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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,495 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $900 - $997 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $959 - $999 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $2,999 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

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 - $1,849 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 D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,040 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 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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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.