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

Nikon D300 vs Canon EOS 600D

Winner
Nikon D300

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Canon EOS 600D

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 600D.
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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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
133×100×80 mm vs 147×114×74 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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$539.24 vs $1,648.89
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The best price we've seen is $1,110 cheaper (3.1x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
227 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
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
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D220 lenses
              D300230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              600D12,800 ISO
              D3006,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D6,400 ISO
              D3003,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              D30012.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              22.1 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D65.0
              D30067.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D793 ISO
              D300679 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $733 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              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

              $289 body only

              $447 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 body only

              $976 with 55-300mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $596 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Thickness Much thinner
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $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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