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Overall, both camera's have their strengths and weaknesses. With regard to ISO, which this comparison is really about it looks to met that the Nikon has a slight edge starting at ISO 1600. I say "slight" only because it appears that the Canon 7D holds its own in shadow areas but shows more noise in the red areas. I don't believe there is more noise in the red area just that the higher contrast image (deeper blacks) is allowing us to see it more clearly than with the D300 images.
Keep in mind that when comparing these images the Canon is using an 18-megapixel sensor, the D300 a 12-megapixel sensor. That means even with similar noise levels the Canon 7D will likely show less noise when printing due to the smaller pixel characteristics of the higher megapixel sensor. Also, from these sample images, it appears that the 7D is much sharper and offers greater dynamic range and contrast compared to the D300, although the lens on the D300 shows virtually no chromatic aberration, whereas the Canon lens shows quite a bit in the highlight areas of the images (purple fringing).
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