Far better to use a 10 scale. And we can drop the 'fan' thing.
I'm only considering the top end stuff - FF plus 7D and D7000.
If we we to add lower-end DSLRs, the D3200 leapfrogs everything Canon does in APS-C, except for the 'Body' category. So let's leave them out of it.
|Sensor: ||9||7||Not much to discuss here|
|Lens: ||8||9||Canon make fantastic lenses, but so do Nikon|
|Body: ||8||9||To a large extent this is a matter of taste, but the Canon grips are slightly better|
|Flash: ||7||8||Canon's new radio control beats Nikon|
|Metering: ||9||8||Nikon metering is bloody good|
|AF: ||9||8||Nikon beats Canon, with the exception of the 1Dx|
And I think that however you look at it, both make bloody fantastic cameras.
I'm quoting myself here, just to make a point in light of the heated discussion that's been raging about 'Who has the better AF'.
When I gave Nikon 9 and Canon 8 for AF, it was NOT only about the D4 and the 1Dx. It was about all the upper end models from each make combined:
Canon: 1Dx, 5D3, 6D, 5D2, 1DS3, 1D4, 7D,
Nikon: D4, D800, D600, D700, D3x, D3s, D7000.
The 1Dx would certainly seem to be the superior allround sports and low light model. Even if Canon DR is not up to Nikon level. But that's a whole other ballgame