Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200 vs Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

Canon Rebel T3i

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,131 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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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 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.52x
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.95 vs $478.99
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The best price we've seen is $179 cheaper (around 40% less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
276 ms vs 283 ms
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 570 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3i197 lenses
              D3200205 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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3i283 ms
              D3200276 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              D32004 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3i9
              D320011
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i0.53x
              D32000.52x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $370 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3200.

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              Showing 4 comments

              Jesson (8:57 PM, September 19, 2014)
              D3200 vs T3i, wow its a nice battle, i was wonder who can win a long time ago when i was want to buy my first dslr, and i found an article that help me a lot, and from that time i learn that Nikon D3200 is better than all Canon cameras under 700$ or even 1000$, here is the article for who face same problem as i was ( http://goo.gl/eq7LJo )
               
              Jessica (8:13 PM, July 16, 2014)
              Jessica E Catino
              Date of Birth July 2,1991
              Social Security # 155-90-7983
              New Jersey Drivers License # C08194006557914

              Daniel Anthony Selensky
              Date of Birth
              February 3, 2011
              Social Security # 156-23-1232

              Michael Andrew Selensky III
              Dat of Birth December 15, 2009
              Social Security # 137-23-7476.
               
              Avatar for Burnout Burnout (2:55 PM, August 15, 2013)
              T3i have rapid focus, cheaper lenses, great for video (flipout screen). Shortcuts is better on Canon. Canon is better for video (magic lantern). So, Nikon D3200 have nice image quality... For video or photojournalism: Canon ... For great scenes from Landscapes, static portrait etc Nikon has better with great image quality....
               
              me (3:27 PM, June 15, 2012)
              just as I guessed it, the D3200 wins..