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

Nikon D300

Winner
Nikon D300

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

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

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$499.00 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,201 cheaper (3.4x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.53x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
1000 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
227 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
67.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
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
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
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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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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3i:197 lenses
              D300:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              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
              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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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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 slightly more startup delay

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 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 SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $724 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,516 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Thickness Thicker

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