Updated (December 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon D800

Nikon D700 vs Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Nikon D700

87

Canon Rebel T3i

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Items often bought with the Nikon D700 or Canon T3i

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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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability
More lenses available
220 lenses vs 171 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
133×100×80 mm vs 147×123×77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
570 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$458.89 vs $2,739.79
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The best price we've seen is $2,281 cheaper (6x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality: 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the T3i
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.53x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
197 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
1000 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D700's boost ISO is 2 f-stops 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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              D70012.1 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              D7005 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $950 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 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

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,780 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points

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