Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 vs Canon EOS 7D

Nikon D7000


Canon EOS 7D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,167 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage


Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.


Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$629 - $679 body only

$895 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,025 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$799 body only

$899 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$990 - $1,899 body only

$1,399 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Lens availability Fewer lenses available
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D


$790 body only

$1,499 with 18-200mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing


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Avatar for Ashraful Islam Ashraful Islam (9:41 AM, August 28, 2014)
hahaha gud point.
Avatar for Viisshnu Vardhan Viisshnu Vardhan (9:14 PM, July 16, 2014)
hell yeah
Avatar for Peter Anderson Peter Anderson (7:00 PM, June 18, 2014)
Wow a really unbiased opinion, kudos to you .. /s
Avatar for SelimTheDream SelimTheDream (8:44 PM, April 20, 2014)
I have owned both cameras at different times and I must have taken over 10k photos with each of them. What do I think of them? Buy the 7D if you are into sports, action or wildlife photography. The 8 fps burst, 19 cross type sensors really shine when it comes to action. If you are not going to taking photos of fast moving objects in general then D7000 is a good choice.
pixel peeper (4:37 PM, September 02, 2013)
rplying above...funny...600d better than d5100..7d indeed better than d7000...my own unsatisfied with d7000 is image blur so called out of focus...and japan not in asean..
Avatar for Agha Agha (3:57 PM, June 10, 2013)
Nikons Crap is equivalent to Canon's Pro.
Avatar for Christian Mark Nisperos Christian Mark Nisperos (7:21 AM, April 16, 2013)
I think Canon it to Nikon as AMD to Intel.

Of course AMD = Nikon and Canon = Intel Am I right?
Avatar for AntonioDSRL123 AntonioDSRL123 (4:42 PM, March 30, 2013)
Exactly I was thinking to buy the 7d over the d7000 because it was a pro dslr,but then I spent day after day watching reviews and then I started liking the d7000.I would go for the canon and the next day I would decide to rather get the nikon,every time.I finally got the d7000 and it was a great decision.I really like the Nikon and I am so glad that I didnt get the Canon.Nikon and Canon are the best camera brands in the world.The canon is also a great camera but the Nikon is better(sorry canon fans but its true).I would highly recomend the d7000.It is really a jolly good dslr!
Avatar for Silvano Rocha Silvano Rocha (4:48 PM, March 26, 2013)
I don't know why exists people that thinks like a "nikonians" or "canonians" like soccer or basketball team. I use Canon and I was thinking in buying a Nikon D7000 insteady and the COMPANY don't bothers me, if one is bether than other, I'll go for that.
MMM! (5:23 PM, February 01, 2013)
I have owned the 7d for 1 year. The first one had seriously focus problems. Got a new one, it worked perfect. Images are sharp and overall very good. The camera is a joy to shoot, the ergonomic and handeling is superb. Some weeks ago i got a Nikon D7000. Long story, but i didnt pay for it :) Well, the images is better on Nikon, thats for sure, but by a lot? No. On higher isos the images are much better, at lower isos they are about the same. Abit less noise in the D7000 though, even on iso 100. The colors are abit more pleasing on Nikon too. However, the Nikon dosent feel as good in my hands, the ergonomic and handeling are not as good as 7d. So, yeah...i sold my 7d. Why? Because i take more landscape shots than sports and wildlife. The larger sensor gives me more cleaner imagaes and better color. Is that a reason enough? No! The 7d took exelent landscapes shot too. But my gf using Nikon, so now we can share lenses. If i havent got the D7000 for free, i wouldnt have swaped.
Dslrlearner (3:45 AM, May 23, 2012)
 first nikon d7000 is not an entry level camera.  it is a mid-range camera.  about canon 7d weather seal, i do not know since  i have never tested, but there is a clip which shows that http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCT-YMgjm9k&feature=digest_wed
Gnome (6:18 AM, May 16, 2012)
2011 Canon 1Dx using segmented color metering, Nikon using it years before even you know what is digital photography. And FYI, I'm Leica user. Eat that.
Bos (8:15 PM, May 15, 2012)
Yes, that is agreed.  Does that mean we should never compare camera bodies?
Alwynjsmit (6:34 AM, May 14, 2012)
Being lighter or thinner may be an advantage to one, but may be seen as a disadvantage to another. I like heavier, so I don't see it as a disadvantage. If you can't lug around an 860g camera then you may want to book yourself a place at Shady Pines retirement village so long
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:54 PM, April 10, 2012)
I apologise, thats our mistake, we'll get that fixed up asap, the D7000 does not have image stabilization built in.
Petersmith (3:44 PM, April 10, 2012)
When was Nikon put the Image stabilization technology into the camera, I can't find any infomation from the Nikon web site!!!!!!
Balanghuy (8:47 AM, March 31, 2012)
 I think thats because it is only recently that Nikon made a BETTER video camera. That being said, Nikons D7000 is much newer and much loaded than the older 7D. Which do you prefer old or new? Ok I'm going to play with my D800 now keep playing with your old camera! hahahaha!
Balanghuy (8:37 AM, March 31, 2012)
So what makes  the 7D a pro camera and the D7000 an entry level? The camera itself.  Ask Nikon why it is an entry level, they are the ones who labeled that. I think their Pro level starts with the D400 now just like it started with the D300. Anything below that are all entry-levels. Whereas Canon's they call all of them PRO why? to FOOL YOU into buying them HAHAHAHAHA!!! Now we all know who were fooled and foolish enough to go with their slogan!
Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (6:00 AM, March 24, 2012)
Both are rubbish. I shoot with both of those cameras. Pentax K-5 eats both of them in terms of iq, ergonomics, weather sealing, high ISO handling, etc. This comes from a Nikon fan. However now I shoot m4/3rds and my film rangefinder with a red dot on it ;)
Rogerflanagan (8:46 PM, March 20, 2012)
I haven't in over a year I keep meaning to but never do
honestopinion? (8:42 PM, March 20, 2012)
you don't shoot in the rain? and you never shoot unless its on a tripod?  You must miss an awful amount of great moments when your busy setting up.I use a d7000 on a regular basis and NEVER have a problem with over saturation, soft focus yes but I think that is related to the lens (tamron 17-50mm 2.8) not the camera.

I have yet to try a 7d myself so I have no opinion on it. That being said you seem like a biased person who hasn't bothered to put your hands around another camera and shoot.
Avitrip2000 (9:52 AM, March 20, 2012)
i got the 7D last month but today i sold it and going for D7000....i dint like the high iso performance of the 7D....and note for the canon lovers...i am a canon fanboy...this is going to be my first Nikon......somehow after upgrading from 600D i felt D7000 much more promising...it snaps into focus promptly although 7d had 19 focus points with all cross type this having 9 cross type.......also i am not into video much...if someone is interested in video as i am using my 600d with Magic Lantern in it, u can blindly go for 7D and it smokes D7000 in that .....so the conclusion is for video 7D for snaps D7000.......so i an now a neutral person....not a cannon fanboy...also not nikon patriot.
albert19111 (9:24 AM, March 20, 2012)
I owned both. I go for Nikon D7000.
Filgolfnut (5:34 AM, March 07, 2012)
Just a hobbyist here sharing my short story....... Read all reviews comparing the two, ask a couple of friends to use their 7D and D7k for a few days, tried a few Canon L lenses and VR I and II lenses, shot stills with exactly the same camera settings and lighting conditions, shot video, shot sports.....  My honest opinion overall????   7D Rocks way past the D7k!!!!!!!!!  So I am now a proud owner of the 7D and Canon L Lenses........
Phil D (9:45 PM, March 06, 2012)
 What are you going to use the camera for?  a 70-200mm is going to give you very different results than an 18-55mm lens.  Also note that the 70-200 F4L doesn't have image stabalization (there is one with IS but it's twice the price)