Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000 vs Canon Rebel T3

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

Canon Rebel T3

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,167 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Weight
Light-weight
459 g

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Explore our gallery of 13 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.

differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Weight
Much lighter
459 g vs 780 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$339.00 vs $734.00
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The best price we've seen is $395 cheaper (2.2x less)
Size
Smaller
130x100x78 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11 EV
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2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1050 shots vs 700 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
238 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T3300 ms
              D7000400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3197 lenses
              D7000205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T33.1"
              D70003"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T312.2 MP
              D700016.1 MP
              Size Large Help
              T3130x100x78 mm
              D7000132x105x77 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              D70001080p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $580 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $650 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $722 body only

              $945 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $857 body only

              $849 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,009 - $1,197 body only

              $1,274 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Size Larger

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