Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D800

Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Canon Rebel T3i

60

Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 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
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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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 Smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 570 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $439.95 vs $2,796.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,357 cheaper (6.4x 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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Overall image quality Much better image quality 95.0 vs 65.0
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Around 50% better image quality
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
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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.53x
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Around 80% larger viewfinder
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 200 ms vs 1500 ms
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7.5x less delay when turning on
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i:3.7 fps
              D800:4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $530 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,663 - $1,899 body only

              $2,341 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly 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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $738 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $285 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 with 28-300mm lens

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

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,555 - $1,600 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon DF

              Nikon DF

              Pro DSLR

              $2,747 body only

              $2,935 - $2,997 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Movie format Does not take movies

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