• APS-H 548.2mm2
  • 8.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 323.4mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark II N advantages over Canon T3

  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.19 vs 5.15 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    975 vs 755 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.5 fps vs 2.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    48 vs 17 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon T3 advantages over Canon 1D Mark II N

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $3999 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    7 years vs 13 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More pixels
    12.2 vs 8.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Well-considered ergonomics and control layout; Solid build; Good image quality; Great battery life; High-def movie capture.

  • Frame rate and burst depth not the best, especially for raw; Weak flash for an SLR; No sensor cleaning function; No spot metering.

The Competition

Compared to Sony DSLR-A390

Canon 1D Mark II N
Sony DSLR-A390
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3
Sony DSLR-A390
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D3100

Canon 1D Mark II N
Nikon D3100
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Canon T3
Nikon D3100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A33

Canon 1D Mark II N
Sony A33
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3
Sony A33
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-r

Canon 1D Mark II N
Pentax K-r
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3
Pentax K-r
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A35

Canon 1D Mark II N
Sony A35
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3
Sony A35
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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