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

Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Canon Rebel T2i

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
530 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Much lighter 530 g vs 1,074 g
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2x lighter
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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 784 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality 1.6 f-stops higher ISO than the T2i
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.54x
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Around 80% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm 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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 197 ms vs 252 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D700'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 Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T2i:3.7 fps
        D700:5 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T2i:17.9 MP
        D700:12.1 MP
        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

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,199 - $2,595 body only

        $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 - $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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,897 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,354 - $1,360 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,160 body only

        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

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