Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D7000

Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

74

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Nikon D90

70

Nikon D90

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
19
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 4.5 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 208 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Size
Smaller
132x103x77 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.62x
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Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
703 g vs 860 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$669.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $329 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              7D:197 lenses
              D90:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D:400 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              7D:12,800 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D90:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              7D:66.0
              D90:73.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D:854 ISO
              D90:977 ISO

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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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

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

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              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 D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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              D90pricesiswrong (2:54 AM, June 27, 2012)
              The D90 is not that expensive... Definitley goes for around $600. The link to amazon for the D90 is one that includes a bundle of other camera supplies. Please update for accurate comparisons.
               
              swcv2 (5:23 AM, May 22, 2011)
              I'd like to buy one , but I still considering  which one (Canon 7D or 60D or Nikon D90) is suitable for me. 
               
              Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (5:25 AM, April 23, 2011)
              I have used both. I like my d90 more. It's just more of alluring camera that just woks and makes me take my photography higher. While 7d is a technological marvel
               
              Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (5:25 AM, April 23, 2011)
              I have used both. I like my d90 more. It's just more of alluring camera that just woks and makes me take my photography higher. While 7d is a technological marvel
               
              Tom (9:30 AM, April 21, 2011)
              The 7D has comprehensive weather sealing. You missed that one in 'common weaknesses' category. But what a great layout you have done here. THanks.