Canon 7D vs Canon T2i (550D)

by Enche Tjin on August 12, 2010

Canon 7D and Canon T2i has similar image sensor which is 18 MP, and produce almost identical image / video quality. So, why many people still opt to get 7D? It has to do with the processor, AF technology and built quality. With dual processors, 7D can process image data a lot faster. 7D can shoot 8 frames per second while T2i only 3.7 frames per second. 7D also has higher auto focus performance and it has magnesium alloy body instead of rugged plastic.

canon-7d-vs-canon-t2i-550dHere is Canon EOS 7D main advantages over T2i

  • Magnesium alloy body vs plastic
  • 8 frames per second vs 3.7 fps
  • High performance and customizable 19 AF points vs 9 points
  • Top LCD screen
  • Larger and brighter viewfinder
  • Wireless flash commander
  • Round dial and better user interface

and Canon T2i also has advantages over 7D

  • $700 cheaper (around 45% cheaper)
  • Smaller and lighter (300 g / 37.5% )  in size
  • 3:2 ratio full coverage LCD screen
  • Auto ISO up to 6400 instead of 3200
  • Dedicated exposure compensation button

Recommendation

I recommend Canon 7D for photographers who demand high performance camera to capture action photography, candids, wildlife, and Canon T2i / 550D for photographers who like small/lighter DSLR for travel, studio, still life, or anything that does not require high speed camera.

Table comparison

Canon EOS 7D Canon EOS T2i / 550D
Image 18 MP / APS-C Sensor 18 MP / APS-C Sensor
Processor Dual DIGIC IV DIGIC IV
LCD 3 inch 910k resolution 3 inch, 3:2 ratio, 1 million resolution
Dimension/weight 148 x 111 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 in) / 820 g 129 x 98 x 75 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.9 in) / 530 g
Viewfinder Pentaprism, 100% coverage, 1.0 magnification Pentamirror, 95% coverage, .87 magnification
Auto Focus 19 cross type AF points, customizable zone system 9 point system
ISO up to 12800, auto ISO range up to 3200 up to 12800, auto ISO range up to 6400
Movie recording 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)

1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)

640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)

MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)

1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9) @ 30/25/24 fps

1280 x 720 (720P, 16:9) @ 60/50 fps

640 x 480 (4:3) @ 60/50 fps

Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video,linear PCM audio)

Continuous shooting 8 frames per second 3.7 frames per second
Handling/Control Top LCD, round dial, joystick, virtual horizon, lens focus micro adjustment Exposure compensation button, four way buttons
Body material Magnesium Alloy Rugged plastic
Price $1550 $850


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