Canon 7D vs Nikon Df

Portability
56
Imaging
60
Features
70
Overall
64
Canon EOS 7D front
 
Nikon Df front
Portability
59
Imaging
66
Features
62
Overall
64
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Canon 7D vs Nikon Df Overview

Here is a comprehensive comparison of the Canon 7D and Nikon Df, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by manufacturers Canon and Nikon. The sensor resolution of the 7D (18MP) and the Df (16MP) is very well matched but the 7D (APS-C) and Df (Full frame) feature different sensor sizes.

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The 7D was launched 5 years before the Df and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before diving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a quick summation of how the 7D grades vs the Df in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Canon 7D vs Nikon Df Key Specs

Canon 7D
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Boost to 12800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 860g - 148 x 111 x 74mm
  • Revealed November 2009
  • Newer Model is Canon 7D MII
Nikon Df
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 204800)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 760g - 144 x 110 x 67mm
  • Announced December 2013
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Canon 7D vs Nikon Df Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and proportions. The Canon 7D offers external dimensions of 148mm x 111mm x 74mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 860 grams (1.90 lbs) and the Nikon Df has measurements of 144mm x 110mm x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") accompanied by a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Following is the front view scale comparison of the 7D and the Df.

Canon 7D vs Nikon Df size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the 7D and Df is 56 and 59 respectively.

Canon 7D vs Nikon Df top view buttons comparison

Canon 7D vs Nikon Df Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to see the difference between sensor measurements just by reading a spec sheet. The visual below may give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the 7D and Df.

As you can see, both of the cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The 7D using its tinier sensor will make getting shallower DOF more challenging and the Canon 7D will offer you more detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos much more aggressively. The older 7D is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon 7D vs Nikon Df sensor size comparison

Canon 7D vs Nikon Df Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Canon 7D Portrait photography details
Nikon Df Portrait photography details
76
has manual focus
good MP (18 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
79
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon 7D
Street photography with Nikon Df
58
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
60
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 7D as a Sports photography camera
Nikon Df as a Sports photography camera
65
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
good MP (18 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
environment sealing
supports phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (800 shots)
70
megapixel count good (16MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (1,400 shots)
supports phase detect auto focus
low frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Canon 7D Travel photography features
Nikon Df Travel photography features
54
environment sealing
good MP (18MP)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
not so great battery power (800 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
60
better than average battery pack (1,400 shots)
environment sealing
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 7D Landscape photography advice
Nikon Df Landscape photography advice
64
has manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
good MP (18 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (800 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
72
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3.2")
megapixel count good (16MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (1,400 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 7D Vlogging features
Nikon Df Vlogging features
29
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with microphone port
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
9
can't record video
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Canon 7D vs Nikon Df Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Nikon
Model type
Canon EOS 7D
Nikon Df
Class
Advanced DSLR
Advanced DSLR
Revealed
2009-11-06
2013-12-20
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip
Dual Digic 4
Expeed 3
Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Full frame
Sensor measurements
22.3 x 14.9mm
36 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
332.3mm²
860.4mm²
Sensor resolution
18 megapixels
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
3:2
Max resolution
5184 x 3456
4928 x 3280
Max native ISO
6400
12800
Max enhanced ISO
12800
204800
Min native ISO
100
100
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO
-
50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
19
39
Cross type focus points
-
9
Lens
Lens support
Canon EF/EF-S
Nikon F
Total lenses
326
309
Focal length multiplier
1.6
1
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
3.2 inch
Resolution of display
920 thousand dots
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100%
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.63x
0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed
30 secs
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
8.0 frames/s
6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
12.00 m
no built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction,
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/250 secs
1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
-
Max video resolution
1920x1080
None
Video file format
H.264
-
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
Optional
Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
860 grams (1.90 lb)
760 grams (1.68 lb)
Dimensions
148 x 111 x 74mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 2.9")
144 x 110 x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
66
89
DXO Color Depth rating
22.0
24.6
DXO Dynamic range rating
11.7
13.1
DXO Low light rating
854
3279
Other
Battery life
800 images
1400 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery ID
LP-E6
EN-EL14,EN-EL14a
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Yes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive cards
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
Single
Single
Retail price
$1,050
$2,747