Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800 vs Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Nikon D800

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Canon Rebel T3i

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.

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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Size
Significantly smaller
133x99x79 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
570 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$519.00 vs $2,574.90
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The best price we've seen is $2,056 cheaper (5x less)
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.8 f-stops higher ISO than the T3i
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
95.0 vs 65.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 3.2 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.53x
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Around 80% larger viewfinder
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
200 ms vs 1500 ms
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7.5x less delay when turning on
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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 coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
209 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D800's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3i3.1"
              D8003.2"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              D8004 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $688 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 - $1,550 body only

              $400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,315 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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