Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The 600D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight Significantly lighter 570 g vs 925 g
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Around 40% lighter
Size Smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Cheaper $492.28 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,208 cheaper (3.5x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.53x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 67.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D:197 lenses
              D300:205 lenses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              600D:12,800 ISO
              D300:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D:6,400 ISO
              D300:3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D:17.9 MP
              D300:12.2 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              600D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              22.1 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D:65.0
              D300:67.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              D300:679 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,220 body only

              $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Nikon D300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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