• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200

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Advantages

Canon T3i over Nikon D300S

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    18.0 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended 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
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.50 vs 4.30 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • 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

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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 D7000

Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $860
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D300S
Nikon D7000
  • $1516
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $860
  • APS-C
  • 1080p
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon D5100

Canon T3i
Nikon D5100
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $471
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D300S
Nikon D5100
  • $1516
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $471
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 1080p

Compared to Canon T5i

Canon T3i
Canon T5i
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D300S
Canon T5i
  • $1516
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-50

Canon T3i
Pentax K-50
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $362
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D300S
Pentax K-50
  • $1516
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $362
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-500

Canon T3i
Pentax K-500
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D300S
Pentax K-500
  • $1516
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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