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Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780

Portability
55
Imaging
63
Features
80
Overall
69
Canon EOS 7D Mark II front
 
Nikon D780 front
Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81

Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 Key Specs

Canon 7D MII
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Push to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 910g - 149 x 112 x 78mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Succeeded the Canon 7D
Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Launched January 2020
  • Older Model is Nikon D750
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Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 Overview

Below, we will be comparing the Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780, both Advanced DSLR cameras by rivals Canon and Nikon. The image resolution of the 7D MII (20MP) and the D780 (25MP) is pretty close but the 7D MII (APS-C) and D780 (Full frame) enjoy different sensor size.

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The 7D MII was unveiled 6 years prior to the D780 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple overview of how the 7D MII scores versus the D780 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon 7D MII over the Nikon D780

 7D MII D780 

Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Canon 7D MII

 D780 7D MII 
LaunchedJanuary 2020September 2014Fresher by 64 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimension3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution2359k1040kCrisper screen (+1319k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon 7D MII and Nikon D780

 7D MII D780 
Manual focus More exact focus
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and volume. The Canon 7D MII has got outer dimensions of 149mm x 112mm x 78mm (5.9" x 4.4" x 3.1") accompanied by a weight of 910 grams (2.01 lbs) and the Nikon D780 has sizing of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") having a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the 7D MII and the D780.

Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the 7D MII and D780 is 55 and 57 respectively.

Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 top view buttons comparison

Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizing merely by researching specs. The visual underneath should provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the 7D MII and D780.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The 7D MII with its smaller sensor is going to make achieving bokeh more challenging and the Nikon D780 will result in greater detail having an extra 5MP. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The older 7D MII will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 sensor size comparison

Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 7D MII Portrait photography information
Nikon D780 Portrait photography information
77
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW formats
86
you can focus manually
resolution is fantastic (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 7D MII Street photography factors
Nikon D780 Street photography factors
58
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
71
tilting screen
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
supports focus by touch
weather proofing
great ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 7D MII Sports photography highlights
Nikon D780 Sports photography highlights
69
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
low battery pack (670 shots)
82
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
resolution is fantastic (25MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
weather proofing
great battery life (2,260 CIPA)
supports phase detect AF
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon 7D MII
Travel photography with Nikon D780
58
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
has built in flash
low battery pack (670 CIPA)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
71
great battery life (2,260 CIPA)
weather proofing
supports bluetooth
supports focus by touch
resolution is fantastic (25 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon 7D MII
Landscape photography with Nikon D780
70
has manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
has double storage slots
no image stabilization
low battery pack (670 shots)
81
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inch)
resolution is fantastic (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
great ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
great battery life (2,260 CIPA)
2 card slots
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 7D MII as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D780 as a Vlogging camera
29
supports face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external microphone port
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
32
screen is touchscreen
provides face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with microphone support
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Canon 7D MII vs Nikon D780 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 7D MII and Nikon D780
 Canon EOS 7D Mark IINikon D780
General Information
Company Canon Nikon
Model Canon EOS 7D Mark II Nikon D780
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2014-09-15 2020-01-07
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 6 (dual) Expeed 6
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor measurements 22.4 x 15mm 35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 336.0mm² 858.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 25MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5472 x 3648 6048 x 4024
Maximum native ISO 16000 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO 51200 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Lowest enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 65 51
Cross focus points 65 15
Lens
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S Nikon F
Total lenses 326 309
Crop factor 1.6 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3" 3.2"
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 2,359 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 900 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m no built-in flash
Flash modes - no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50. 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) Yes
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 910 gr (2.01 lbs) 840 gr (1.85 lbs)
Dimensions 149 x 112 x 78mm (5.9" x 4.4" x 3.1") 144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 70 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 1082 not tested
Other
Battery life 670 images 2260 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E6N EN-EL15b
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots Two Two
Cost at release $1,086 $2,297