Canon and Nikon are two of most respectable imaging and optical manufacturer in the world. Reviewing their DSLR cameras and compared it to one another is surely a challenging task.
And as always, we’re ready to take that challenge! In this article, we’re going to find out which of Nikon D3300 and Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is the best choice for an entry-level DSLR camera.
Nikon D3300 vs Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is known for its enormous performance in a compact design. This DSLR camera weighs 407g and made from aluminum alloy, polycarbonate resin with carbon and glass fiber. While for its monitor, it has a resin-coated cover and a liquid crystal display that helps it lessen the appearance of reflections or glares.
The LCD monitor’s surface has been treated as well with a smudge-resistant coating to maintain a clear and fingerprint-free image display.
In terms of features, Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has full of it. But we only list down all the features that Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has an advantage over to Nikon D3300.
- Screen Specification
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has 3 inches wide monitor that has a screen resolution of 1.040k dots (Nikon D3300 has 921k dots). This monitor features capacitive touchscreen technology, the same technology used in smartphones.
You can easily access and navigate its menu and quick control settings. For its focus point and shutter release, it can be activated using Touch AF.
- Available Lenses
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has a lens mount type of EF/EF-S. As for this moment, it has a total of 299 available lenses and 91 of these are equipped with image stabilization technology.
We pointed this out because Canon EOS Rebel SL1 doesn’t have image stabilization feature. So if ever you’re going to need one, there are 91 options for you to choose from.
- AE Bracketing
Having a perfect exposure is one factor to produce a great quality image. For new photographers, this can be quite challenging as they are still familiarizing themselves with the camera controls.
Canon created a solution for that and that’s by adding AE bracket feature on EOS Rebel SL1. AE bracketing works by capturing three images in one press of the shutter button. Each image contains different exposure.
The only disadvantage of Canon EOS Rebel SL1 over Nikon D3300 is it has shorter battery life. Canon EOS Rebel SL1 can only take 380 shots on a single charge (Nikon can take 700 shots).
The only silver lining of this battery is there is no memory effect. This means that you can charge it even it’s not fully consumed yet.
2. Nikon D3300
Nikon D3300 weighs 430g and its body was made from carbon fiber. It became known for its razor-sharp image quality particularly when used in the low light environment. This is not surprising because Nikon D3300 is equipped with 24MP, a new EXPEED 4 image processing engine and 1385 low light ISO setting.
Features-wise, Nikon D3300 couldn’t compete with Canon EOS Rebel SL1. But this doesn’t mean that Nikon D3300 has nothing good to offer. Nikon D3300 still has an advantage over to Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and it all lies in its specifications. Some of it is listed below:
- Shooting capabilities
When it comes to capturing fast action, Nikon D3300 has an advantage because it has 5fps high-speed continuous shooting (Canon EOS Rebel SL1 only has 4fps).
- Flash coverage
Nikon D3300 has 12m flash coverage which is much longer compared to Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (9.4m).
- Higher color depth and Dynamic Range
Aside from flash coverage, Nikon D3300 also has a higher color depth (24.3) and dynamic range (12.8) compared to Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (21.8, 11.3 respectively). This is important to take note because the number of these can affect the overall quality of the captured image.
It said to be that a camera with higher dynamic range will retain details to a greater extent, compared to those cameras with smaller dynamic range. While for color depth, the higher it is the more colors it can produce.
- Lens Available
Nikon D3300 lens mount type is Nikon F mount. As of now, it has a total of 286 lenses where 88 of those lenses have image stabilization feature.
The disadvantages of Nikon D3300 are it doesn’t have AE bracketing and wireless connectivity feature; and if you use Contrast-detect AF in live view, it works a bit slow.
After knowing each camera’s features, strength and weakness; it’s time to know a little bit more about the brand itself. This includes their strength in terms of usability, lens innovation, performance, and quality.
When you’re buying a camera, the first thing people usually do is check its specification right away or design. Frankly, this is a bad practice. The first thing you should do when buying a camera is to check its usability.
Can you easily navigate the menu? Are you comfortable holding it? What do you want the most – quality, portability or both? These are just some of the questions you should answer right after you hold and test it. If your answer is 100% positive, then you just found the right camera for you!
The lens is an important part of a camera because this is the one that determines the quality of the image. Between Canon and Nikon, Canon is the most persistent in developing new technologies to their cameras.
Last year they released their new TS-E macro lenses – 135mm f/4 TS-E Macro. Unlike to other Canon’s tilt-shift lenses, this lens doesn’t replace any previous lens model. This, in fact, set a new focal range.
This lens optic construction is consists of 11 elements in 7 groups with 9 diaphragm blades. Since this is a macro lens, it is advantageous to use in shooting for food, product and studio photography.
The reason Nikon is not as persistent as Canon in developing new lens technology is that their priorities are more focused on developing their camera’s performance.
Many already notice it that Nikon’s camera works better even without the help of an interchangeable lens. Also, Nikon’s camera can handle noise very well compared to Canon.
In terms of performance, Canon and Nikon are just as good as one another. The only things that it will make one camera stand out are by comparing their autofocus, the way they handle noise, megapixels, and shooting per second.
I already mentioned above about noise and which of the brands handle it well. For the other factors, the table below will show you their difference.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
|407 g||TTL secondary image-forming, phase-difference detection||18||4 fps|
|Nikon D3300||430 g||Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator||24|
When it comes to sensor technology, Canon and Nikon developed and powered by a similar sized sensor. Their only difference is the focus of work.
For Canon, their sensor is more on offering larger megapixels and resolution. This is to allow users to print larger images or cropping more freely without losing the quality of the image.
While for Nikon, their sensor is more on eliminating the optical low pass filter. Eliminating optical low pass filter will allow the camera to get more details of the subject and works even better in a low light environment.
Video quality-wise, if we’re going to consider the years each brand offers better video quality, Canon is the clear winner. Nikon doesn’t always offer an autofocus system while recording video. Unlike Canon, they are the one who first develops a hybrid autofocus system for video recording.
But now, Nikon offers high-end autofocus system that works closely just like in Canon.
This is the moment everyone is waiting for – the verdict. Which of the 2 entry-level DSLR cameras is the best option?
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and Nikon D3300 have their good points. But after long consideration based on the information written above, we choose Nikon D3300 as the best entry-level DSLR camera!
We chose this because, aside from its portability and user-friendly controls, Nikon D3300 is more independent when it comes to performance, unlike Canon EOS Rebel SL1. Nikon D3300 doesn’t rely on interchangeable lenses just to get their perfect shot.
Not to mention that it performs much better as it has higher megapixel, focus points, color depth and dynamic range. It’s also reliable and effective in shooting in burst mode and in a low light environment.
Nikon D3300 is certainly a great choice especially if you’re the type of photographer who works mainly on sports, portrait and landscape photography.