Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D300

Nikon D300

Winner
Nikon D300

65

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Canon Rebel T3i

61

Canon Rebel T3i

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6 fps
 

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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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight Significantly lighter 570 g vs 925 g
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Around 40% lighter
Size Smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.53x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 67.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        T3i:197 lenses
        D300:205 lenses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        T3i:12,800 ISO
        D300:6,400 ISO
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3i:6,400 ISO
        D300:3,200 ISO
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T3i:17.9 MP
        D300:12.2 MP
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        T3i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        22.1 bits
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3i:65.0
        D300:67.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3i:793 ISO
        D300:679 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $556 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $277 body only

        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

        Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 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 T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $847 with 75-300mm lens

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

        Nikon D300 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D300S

        Nikon D300S

        Pro DSLR

        $1,658 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        Color depth Better color depth
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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