Updated (October 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 vs Canon Rebel T4i

Winner
Nikon D5300

89

Canon Rebel T4i

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,338 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
83.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

Items often bought with the Nikon D5300 or Canon T4i

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T4i.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5300.

differences

Advantages of the Canon T4i

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
83.0 vs 62.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.3 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T4i does so at a lower frame rate
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
200 ms vs 269 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
600 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Size
Smaller
124×99×76 mm vs 133×100×79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$464.88 vs $669.95
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The best price we've seen is $205 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
480 g vs 575 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T4i220 lenses
              D5300230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T4i0.53x
              D53000.54x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T4i.

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5300.

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