Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS 7D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z7 and Canon EOS 7D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon Z7 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 7D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon Z7 were released 2018 and Canon EOS 7D was released 2009. That is a 9 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z7 2018
Canon EOS 7D 2009

Type of camera

Nikon Z7 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS 7D is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z7 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor while Canon EOS 7D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon Z7 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS 7D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon Z7 has a 46 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 7D has 18 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon Z7 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504
Canon EOS 7D 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456

Nikon Z7 has a 154 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 7D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z7 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 7D. Nikon Z7 has an ISO range that stretches from 64 to 25600 while Canon EOS 7D has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z7 64-25600
Canon EOS 7D 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z7
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 7D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Z7 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 7D can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z7 9
Canon EOS 7D 8

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon Z7 and Canon EOS 7D can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 7D weighs 860 gr (equal to 1.9 lb) which is 27% heavier than Nikon Z7 and its 675 gr (or 1.49 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z7 675 gr
1.49 lb
Canon EOS 7D 860 gr
1.9 lb

Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS 7D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Z7 and Canon EOS 7D, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Name Nikon Z7 Canon EOS 7D
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Release Year 2018 2009
Release Date 2018-08-23 2009-09-01
MSRP 3399 USD 1699 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 8256 x 5504 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
Megapixels 46 MP 18 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 6 DUAL DIGIC 4
Image
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
ISO Range 64 - 25600 100 - 12800
White Balance Presets 12 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor Shift (5 axis))
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 5 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 493 19
Lens Mount Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 2100000 920000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x 1 (0.62 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 3690000 N/A
Photography features
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Frames per second 9 fps 8 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Memory Card XQD Compact Flash
Connectivity
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
No
Remote Control Yes (via MC-DC2 or smartphone)
Yes (N3 connector)
GPS No Yes
Optional through GP-E2
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS 7D
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL15b lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 330 shots 800 shots
Width 134 mm 148 mm
Height 101 mm 111 mm
Depth 68 mm 74 mm
Weight 675 gram 860 gram