Nikon D700 Vs Canon EOS 7D – Which Digital SLR Camera Is Best?

Nikon D700 Vs Canon EOS 7D – Which Digital SLR Camera Is Best?

If you’re thinking of buying either the Canon EOS 7D or Nikon D700 digital SLR camera, then you need to read this. In this article we will run through the major features of these two great cameras and see which is best. We will then finish with a conclusion where we take a balanced view of all points considered.

How Many Megapixels?

The Nikon D700 has 12.1 megapixels, which means you can print an up to A2, or A3 if you do a significant amount of cropping. The Canon EOS 7D has 18 megapixels, which is a lot more. This is a big difference, especially considering that the D700 is nearly $1,000 more expensive than the 7D. However, megapixels certainly aren’t the be-all and end-all of digital SLRs, and the D700 does have the benefit of having an FX-format sensor, which means it is great for photographers who are used to using old 35mm film cameras.

How Fast Can You Shoot?

Both the Canon EOS 7D and the Nikon D700 are able to shoot 8 frames per second for up to 125 (7D) or 100 (D700) JPEG images at a time. However, in addition to this, the D700 boasts an astonishing 0.12 seconds start-up time, and a shutter-lag response time of 0.40 seconds, whereas the 7D doesn’t appear to specify how fast it is with start-up and shutter-lag.

What About Low-Light Shooting?

Probably the main factor when it comes to how well a digital SLR copes with low-light scenes is its ISO range. The ISO determines the sensitivity of the image sensor, and the higher it can go the more light it will get from the scene. Both the EOS 7D and the D700 are set to go up to an ISO of 6,400. However, both cameras are able to have their ISO ranges expanded, the 7D up to 12,800, but the D700 can go all the way up to 25,600! This means that the D700 is without a doubt the hands-down winner when it comes to low-light shooting.

Remote Control

One great feature that the Nikon D700 has which doesn’t appear to be on the Canon EOS 7D, is the ability to control the camera from a computer. This is great if you are shooting wild animals and don’t want to disturb them. Set up your camera, then hide some distance away with your laptop and wait for the perfect moment.

Live Viewfinder

Another great feature that the Nikon D700 has which seems to be absent on the EOS 7D is the ability to compose photos using a 3-inch Live View screen. Not only that, but the screen has a 170-degree viewing angle. This is very handy if you find yourself having to shoot from an awkward place with the camera pointing at an extreme angle.


Okay, so let’s sum up the major features we have talked about, and see which digital SLR wins for each one:

  • Megapixels: EOS 7D
  • Speed: D700
  • Low-Light Shooting: D700
  • Remote Control: D700
  • Live View Screen: D700
  • Price: EOS 7D (almost $1,000 cheaper)

So, if megapixels and price are your main factors, then the Canon EOS 7D is the better choice. However, if you can cope with only using 12.1 megapixels (which, by the way, is still plenty for the majority of photographers), and don’t mind paying the higher price, the Nikon D700 will give you a very fast start-up time, superb low-light shooting ability, remote control functions, and the ability to compose using the 3-inch screen.