The D7200 is currently Nikon’s best DX camera for shooting action, but how does it compare to Canon’s speed demon, the 7D Mark II in features and specifications? The Nikon D7200 comes with a 24.2 MP sensor, 6 fps continuous shooting speed, 51-point AF system, 2x SD card slots and built-in Wi-Fi, whereas the 7D Mark II has a slightly smaller sensor with 20.2 MP of resolution, impressive 10 fps continuous shooting speed, 65-point all cross-type AF system, 1x CF + 1x SD card slots and a pro-quality build / ergonomics. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but which one of these would be more suitable for capturing fast action? In this comparison, we will go over both feature and specification differences between the two cameras. Please keep in mind that this comparison is purely based on preliminary data. Further details and comparisons will be provided in our upcoming Nikon D7200 review later this year.
First, let’s go over the bare specifications:
Nikon D7200 vs Canon 7D Mark II Specification Comparison
|Camera Feature||Nikon D7200||Canon 7D Mark II|
|Sensor Resolution||24.2 Million||20.2 Million|
|Sensor Pixel Size||3.92µ||4.09µ|
|Low Pass Filter||No||Yes|
|Sensor Dust Reduction||Yes||Yes|
|Image Size||6,000 x 4,000||5,472 x 3,648|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 4||Dual DIGIC 6|
|Built-in Flash||Yes, with flash commander mode||Yes, with flash commander mode|
|Storage Media||2x SD||1x CF, 1x SD|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6 FPS, 7 FPS in 1.3x Crop Mode||10 FPS|
|Buffer Size (RAW, Lossless 14-bit)||18||31|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 seconds||3.1 seconds|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 to 30 sec||1/8000 to 30 sec|
|Shutter Durability||150,000 cycles||200,000 cycles|
|Exposure Metering Sensor||2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II||150,000 RGB + IR pixel metering sensor|
|Base ISO||ISO 100||ISO 100|
|Native ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100-25,600||ISO 100-16,000|
|Boosted ISO Sensitivity||ISO 51,200-102,400 (B&W only)||ISO 25,600|
|Autofocus System||Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX||65-point all cross-type AF system|
|Focus Points||51, 15 cross-type||65 all cross-type|
|AF Detection||Up to f/8||Up to f/8|
|AF Detection Range||-3 to +19 EV||-3 to +19 EV|
|Video Output||MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264||MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264|
|Video Maximum Resolution||1920×1080 (1080p) up to 60p||1920×1080 (1080p) up to 60p|
|Audio Recording||Built-in microphone|
External stereo microphone (optional)
External stereo microphone (optional)
|LCD Size||3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD||3.0″ diagonal TFT-LCD|
|LCD Resolution||1,228,800 dots||1,040,000 dots|
|Wi-Fi Functionality||Built-in, with NFC||No|
|Battery||EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery||LP-E6N (or LP-E6)|
|Battery Life||1,110 shots (CIPA)||670 shots (CIPA)|
|Weather Sealed Body||Yes||Yes|
|Weight (Body Only)||675g||820g|
|Dimensions||135.5 × 106.5 × 76mm||148.6 x 112.4 x 78.2mm|
|MSRP Price||$1,199 (as introduced)||$1,799 (as introduced)|
With a $600 price difference, it is pretty clear that the Canon 7D Mark II is a higher-grade camera than the Nikon D7200. The true competitor to the 7D Mark II will be Nikon’s D400, which will probably be priced around the same mark and should be a more robust camera than the D7200. For now, let’s take a look at the differences between these two cameras.
First, the Canon 7D Mark II comes with a slightly lower resolution 20.2 MP sensor on a smaller sensor with a 1.6x crop factor vs 1.5x on the D7200. This translates to lower resolution images, but because of decreased resolution, the pixel size on the 7D Mark II is actually slightly larger. I expect noise performance on both cameras to be similar, although the 7D Mark II will definitely lose in dynamic range, as demonstrated in reviews and articles like this one. The D7200 does not have a low pass filter, while the 7D Mark II does. The sensor native ISO range is a little different, but at the end of the day it does not really matter, as ISO numbers don’t mean much in terms of noise or dynamic range.
The key difference is continuous shooting speed and that’s where the 7D Mark II has a huge advantage – 10 fps vs 6 fps on the D7200. It might not sound like a big difference, but in reality 10 fps is a lot faster, as shown in this video:
The buffer on both cameras allows shooting for about 3 seconds before buffer fills up, but keep in mind that you end up with 31 RAW images on the 7D Mark II vs 18 on the D7200 after the sequence is over.
As for autofocus, the Canon 7D Mark II has a better and more flexible AF system on paper. With a whopping 65 point all cross-type AF system, it certainly beats Nikon’s 51-point AF system with only 15 cross-type sensors. Focusing with outer focus points is more reliable on the 7D Mark II, as noted in my Canon 7D Mark II review. Does this mean that the Canon 7D Mark II has a better overall AF system? That’s a tough question, because it depends on many factors. I would say both systems are equally good when using the center focus point and the 7D Mark II is more accurate for outer focus points. For active tracking, I find Nikon to be a bit better, but that’s my subjective opinion. Both cameras can focus in very low-light situations with -3 EV AF detection, so there is no clear advantage there.
The 7D Mark II has better shutter durability and better sealing than the D7200. It has a more advanced metering sensor and can also detect flickering when shooting in indoor environments. It also has a built-in GPS chip while the D7200 does not. At the same time, the D7200 has Wi-Fi capability with NFC, whereas the 7D Mark II has no built-in Wi-Fi. The Nikon D7200 is smaller, lighter, has a better LCD screen and better battery life.
It will be interesting to see how the upcoming high-end Nikon DX will compare to the 7D Mark II. If Nikon puts a large buffer with 10 fps continuous shooting speed, it will be a worthy competitor. And if Nikon makes a new AF system with more cross-type focus points, that will be icing on the cake!
Hi I am upgrading to more of a professional camera n I need one that’s really fast at sports n wildlife action so im looking,into purchasing the Nikon d7200 bundle or the canon 7d mark ii so i need a camera I can take to go away where ever I go an good at all actions flowers an wildlife an landscapes n weddings n so forth im the type who takes pic of everything Lol so which camera would be more sustable an shows the best quitly sharp images thanks,n no rudeness please
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Latecomer to this conversation but one of the first comments I read was “I have little need for 10fps”… Something no action / sports / wildlife / runway fashion photographer would, or has, ever said. If you don’t understand the advantages of 10+ fps, you’ve never actually attempted any of these types of photography.
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I’m considering to buy a DSLR, franky speaking will be my first camera in that values and specs. Recently, comparing that d7200 vs 7d mark ii; from many points, reading professionals, comments, i’m not a professional nor in the near future will use this camera for travel, hobby purposes, also in the same time willing to have a value added camera, can you guys recommend me which dslr to buy? I will be appreciating; please email me thanks [email protected]
Each entry level camera from Nikon can compete with any professional camera from Canon. Here is the TRUTH. Nikon gives you the best of the best also if you are a beginner with an entry level camera. For this reason I left Canon in the year 2012.
I bought the Nikon D7200, fantastic. The best aps-c camera in the world. I sold my old Canon 70D. The new Canon 7D mkII uses a too obsolete technology.
Been thinking about replacing my tired overused and abused D7000 with a new body. Have shot with a friend’s Canon 7D MkII for a few weeks. I liked the speed and buffer size. I have more choices with predator-prey positioning to maximize the tension in the image. But I still think my old trusty D7000 IQ looks better, especially when it comes to bringing out shadow details. The high ISO noise is about the same. I’m sure the D7200 is better. The focus tracking at the edges is quite a bit better with the 7DMk2, but honestly I focus with the center spot almost exclusively. I haven’t got my human abilities to compose so quickly on the fly, so most of my subjects are at the center and I crop to re-frame. Will I buy the D7200? Most probably, given my collection of Nikon lenses. But would I really want to? I really need to think very hard if the D7200 is different enough to worth the $1200. I really wished Nikon would have upped the buffer size even more – the Nikon 1 V3 has 40 RAW frame buffer, albeit at 18Mp each. The D300s has the mirror mechanism that can do 8 fps, that’s 33% more frames per second. I think the Nikon 1 V3 focusing is perhaps comparable to the Canon 7D MkII, if not a tad better. So if all they did was to bring together the best from each camera and build a new camera with the D7200 IQ, I would feel much better buying it. Some would say it is too much of a niche product. Well, isn’t the D810A a really niche product? Or perhaps arguably the Df too? I tend to think a truly competitive high speed DX DSLR that appeals to wildlife, sports and photojournalists would sell more than any of the other two.
What a waste of space, why compare two products with a $500 price difference, totally moronic !!!!! Different target audiences, someone must have been bored when they wrote this crap.
This is my first post/question on your site which I have been following for the last 2 years at least when I started taking pictures for the first time with a DSLR. A lot of what I know has been learned through your tutorials and thank you for that, this is truly a great website and I wish you and your team the best.
Question – The center point in the Canon 7d mark ii is rated for -3EV and for the upcoming Nikon D7200 all points are rated for -3EV. Do we know the EV rating for the other auto-focus points in the Canon 7d mark ii. I read in one of the reviews that auto-focus in low light can be a bit problematic with the Canon and that tracking is not as accurate and quick as with the Nikon, how true is it in your experience?
Thanks and best Wishes.
Off centre can goes down to about -EV, which is still pretty awesome