Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000 vs Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

Canon EOS Rebel T2i

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,167 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
530 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.

differences

Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T2i does so at a higher frame rate
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Weight
Much lighter
530 g vs 780 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$699.99 vs $758.00
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
238 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T2i197 lenses
              D7000205 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i17.9 MP
              D700016.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T2i1080p @ 30fps
              D70001080p @ 24fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $580 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $649 body only

              $999 - $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $566 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $719 body only

              $920 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $857 body only

              $1,099 - $1,800 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $349 - $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

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              Avatar for Justin Ji Justin Ji (5:48 AM, August 26, 2011)
              It says the D7000 is $99? :/
               
              Guerney Fermin (3:18 AM, April 13, 2011)
              LOL I mean Nikon D7000
               
              Guerney Fermin (3:17 AM, April 13, 2011)
              Nikon D700 is still number one. it is now known to be a "BABY D3s"
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:20 PM, February 21, 2011)
              I think you must be in Canada seeing our canadian prices? Unfortunately we don't have many pricing sources in Canada, so often the prices look higher than they actually are. If you click the US flag on the top right you can switch and see US prices, we have the T2i available for $822 USD.
               
              Guest (3:57 PM, February 21, 2011)
              not sure where you are buying the T2i at but there is no way it costs almost 1,500 bucks. I just bought one ƒor half that price.
               
              Avatar for Mark Feeney Mark Feeney (5:14 AM, December 29, 2010)
              Temporary glitch with our pricing system. I've fixed this up. Thanks for the report.
               
              guest (9:15 PM, December 28, 2010)
              Seems the link for the Nikon d7000 from amazon.com advertised at $87.95 is for a camera bag, not the camera.