• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $582 Average Retail $600 MSRP
  • APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • $1463 Average Retail $1800 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon T3i over Nikon D300S

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More pixels
    18.0 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Higher boost ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher boost ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D300S over Canon T3i

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 1.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    950 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    51 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.

  • Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D90

Canon T3i
Nikon D90
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $954
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D300S
Nikon D90
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
  • $954
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon T3i
Canon 7D
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $1341
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D300S
Canon 7D
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More AF points
  • $1341
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • 1080p

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $952
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D300S
Nikon D7000
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $952
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • 1080p

Compared to Nikon D5100

Canon T3i
Nikon D5100
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D300S
Nikon D5100
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony A65

Canon T3i
Sony A65
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D300S
Sony A65
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
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