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

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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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
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 8 fps vs 4.5 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
True resolution 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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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
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.62x
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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 $575.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $424 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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 (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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D90:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              7D:19
              D90:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              7D:66.0
              D90:73.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              7D:22 bits
              D90:22.7 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D:854 ISO
              D90:977 ISO

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 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

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 with 18-105mm 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 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

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,209 - $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
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,300 body only

              $3,409 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

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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.