We compare the individual stats to see which comes out on top

Design

Canon EOS 7D

 Canon vs Nikon head to head

The body is made from a rugged magnesium alloy structure and weather sealing on a par with the professional EOS 1n film SLR, making it feel very sturdy. Buttons are plentiful but useful and well spaced to avoid accidental presses, with the large rotating dial featuring a lock function.

The new live view button sits just neatly to the left of the thumb’s natural position, with a start/stop button and a switch between the two modes. Other additions include a Quick button for access to the main feature set and a Raw/JPEG button, which adds dual format to the next shot, no matter which you are currently shooting in.

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The rest is reminiscent of the 5D Mk II and therefore already a proven success. The menu is divided into colour-coded icon-based sections, which can be scrolled through using the mini joystick control or the finger dial and large rear dial.

The camera seems designed to be fine-tuned and customised to your own style of shooting. At first this can seem a little like overkill, but for extended use and those used to working in set ways, does make a great deal of sense.
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The one criticism is that, with so many menus and option screens, finding the function you’re looking for can be tricky, and until you get to know how it works you may find yourself experimenting with button combinations and having to scour sub-menus.

Overall Score; 19/20

Nikon D7000

Although a fair amount behind the scenes is new, the look and feel of the D7000 is still very much a Nikon at heart. 
The camera’s layout comprises a light-up display panel to the top right, with a mode dial and surrounding drive mode dial to the opposite left hand side. To adjust the drive mode a small button requires pressing to release the dial lock – this can prove a little fiddly despite a raised, textured edge, yet is no different to previous Nikon body designs.
Canon vs Nikon head to head

For control of most key options the D7000 adopts a dual thumbwheel system, which makes quick-adjusting manual controls a breeze. Both thumbwheels are well positioned on the front and rear right-hand side of the camera and fall well to the hand. 

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On the rear is the main LCD screen centerpiece and, although there seems to be demand for vari-angle screens of late, the D7000 opts for a traditional fixed-screen. The viewfinder above this has a 0.94 magnification and as such is fairly large to the eye but would benefit from a more pronounced eye cup to fully seal off external light and lock around the eye more smoothly.
Canon vs Nikon head to head
A plethora of function-type buttons around the camera body also come good in use: to the front left side of the flash is a BKT (bracket) button; a Depth of Field Preview button is to the front of the camera by the lens base; the Fn (Function) button can be found above this to the top right of the lens; exposure compensation and metering selection have their own individual buttons next to the shutter release; and three of the four main buttons to the rear left can be pressed and held for further quick adjustment of the major options. In short, you’re never far from quick and easy control.


Overall Score; 19/20

Conclusion

The EOS 7D has all the important controls at hand, but the Nikon D7000 offers far better placed shortcuts around the body, reducing the need to venture into the menu system.

Winner; Nikon D7000

  1. 1. Design
  2. 2. DSLR head to head: Nikon D7000 vs Canon EOS 7D Features
  3. 3. DSLR head to head: Nikon D7000 vs Canon EOS 7D Images Quality
  4. 4. DSLR head to head: Nikon D7000 vs Canon EOS 7D Conclusion
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  • MHP

    you tested the 7d with L series lenses and did the d7000 with 18-105 ?what are you trying to tell from that ?

  • Steve

    I agree, L lens glass vs the worst Nikon kit lens ever made, poor!

  • Eric

    I only read this article today. Although you have missed really banging home that good glass makes a huge difference (as a choice to the reader from a kit lens), I think the review was good. Most importantly, you justified why one camera was better than the other, as opposed to a flippant throwaway comment saying ‘Product A is better and does not have the same problems as Product B’. You back up why you think what you do, thank goodness! 🙂

  • Pety

    Yap! The lenses make a diference…
    Poor review..

  • dsops

    sorry, what is the link between the camera and the chromatic aberation?

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  • S L

    I agree with the first response to this review. Having owned a 7D for nearly two years, I had the chance to play with a D7000 recently and Ifound the metering to be more capable when the lenses were more comparable e.g. Sigma f1.4 50mm, Sigma f2.8 17-50mm, and Nikon/Canon f2.8 70-200mm models.

    Both cameras handle very well but I found the Nikon easier to use, probably because I’m already use to menu system and controls from my wifes D90.

    Popping on a flashgun on each(Canon 580Mk2 & SB900), the D7000 metering is leagues ahead of the 7D and controls bounce & fill flash with aplomb.

    Having said that the D90 with an SB900 is better than my 7D too. With a bit of manual tweaking the 7D can just about get there though.

    I bought the 7D on the basis it would suit my need for rapid continuous shooting. When set to RAW+JPG I could barely tell much difference between the 7D and the 7000 and moments weren’t missed.

    Being an owner of a 7D, although it may have a weather-sealed body, the D7000 still felt better built, more solid. The area around the memory card flap at the back of the 7D doesn’t feel firm. Instead, it feels as if it gives in my hand when squeezed firmly. As with such a heavy camera, you do tend to squeeze it more firmly to make sure you have a steady grip, so I know I’m not exerting too much force.

    The Nikon seems to consistently deliver pictures with less chromatic aberations too, which is great if you’re not keen on editing too much.

    For now, I can’t justify changing over to a D7000 because my wife will insist on sharing lenses and I’ll get more of the “I told you so”, if I turned up with one.

    However, overall I’m pleased with my 7D. The weather sealing is re-assuring as is the speed on the camera.

    My wife would say that her D90 is equally capable in the rain, over icy winter, and humid nights too. It hasn’t let her down.

    If I were buying a new camera now, it would be a difficult choice between the 7D and D7000. Much as though I’d like to say the 7D is so much better, I really can’t.

    If I have to be honest, unless absolute continuous speed under good daylight conditions was the deal-breaker the D7000 is the better all-rounder. The D7000 may over expose from time to time, but this can be easily compensated.

  • David

    I’m sorry but this comparison is a joke. When reading through this, you say one thing about the 7D and don’t even mention the comparison when using the D7000. Like how on the second page, you mention the video functions on the 7D but don’t even mention it on the D7000 except in the final note. Not to mention you reference using the L series lenses on the 7D while using an 18-105 lens on a Nikon, you’re going to get an obvious difference for sure.

    This comparison was poorly executed, at least in writing. I clicked this to actually see a comparison review, I did not get that.