The Canon 7D is a solid camera with some great features like a good AF system and a strong sensor. The Nikon D7100 is another power packed DSLR and so the comparisons between the two cameras are quite rife at the moment. If you are looking to buy a camera and cannot choose between the two, take a look at the comparison below and then make a choice.
Comparison between the Nikon D7100 and the Canon 7D
The weight of the D7100 is a little lesser than the weight of the Canon 7D. The Nikon D7100 weighs 675 grams as compared to the 820 grams of the 7D. This makes it easier to carry the D7100 around.
The 7D scores higher than the D7100 when it comes to the speed of shooting. You can capture 8 FPS on the 7D as compared to 6 FPS on the D7100, at the highest resolution. The speed is 33.33% higher and proves to be beneficial while shooting sporting events.
The resolution is higher in the D7100 as compared to the 7D. While you get a 1280×960 px resolution in the Nikon camera, you only end up with a 1175×783 px in the Canon model.
Here too, the D7100 is a winner. The Nikon D7100 has a 24 mega pixel sensor, while the Canon 7D has a 16 mega pixel sensor.
The Canon 7D has 19 points of autofocus, while the Nikon D7100 has 51 points of autofocus. The AF system, therefore, is clearly better in the Nikon D7100.
Body and built
Apart from the weight, there are some other noticeable differences in the bodies of the two cameras. Let us begin with the size. The D7100 is smaller in size. It is 106.5 mm in length, whereas the 7D is 148.2 mm. The Canon 7D however is a little narrower than the D7100. Breadth wise the 7D measures 110.7 mm whereas the D7100 measures 135.5 mm. The 7D is also a little thinner than the D7100.
Both the cameras are capable of recording full HD movies. However, the Nikon D7100 has a slight edge over the Canon 7D because in the D7100, there is continuous AF when recording videos, a feature absent in the 7D. Also, the recording happens at 60 x 1080 FP on a D7100 and at 30 x 1080 FP on a 7D.
Optical Image stabilization
The D7100 has the optical stabilization feature where the gyroscopic sensors are used to spot camera vibrations. Once this is spotted, the lens and the sensor shift as a result and thereby the optical path is adjusted. With the help of this feature, any movement that is spotted is rectified before the shot is captured. This very cool feature is not found on the Canon 7D.
Similarities between the Nikon D7100 and the Canon 7D
While we saw that there are a number of differences between the D7100 and the 7D, there are some areas in which both the cameras are equal.
First and foremost, both the cameras have provisions for interchangeable lenses. Thus, you do not have to spend extra money on getting new lenses that are compatible with the cameras.
Then, both the cameras have an external jack to insert a microphone. This comes in handy when videos are being shot and the sound is recorded with increased clarity.
Finally, both the cameras can capture RAW images.
The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 7D are both great cameras. The D7100 has more features but the 7D has been praised for its great image quality.