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

56

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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differences

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 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
Lowest price Cheaper $199.95 vs $3,149.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,950 cheaper (15.8x 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 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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
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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              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

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $477 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $590 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 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

              $2,280 body only

              $2,500 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
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $1,899 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm 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 T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $329 body only

              $369 - $449 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

              $599 body only

              $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

              $392 - $427 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

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 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

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,521 - $1,600 body only

              $2,025 - $2,150 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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $3,797 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $740 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

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