Nikon D3300 or Canon T5i

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jarruemota, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. jarruemota macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2010

    I've always liked digital photography. What I have mainly used for the past 2 years has been an iPhone 4S. My friend has a Canon T3i and I have use it sometimes. I read some reviews that mirror less cameras are the new trend but I really like the optical viewfinder in DSLR's and don't mind how big or bulky they are because I can use my phone to take pictures whenever I need more "portability". Anyways, I have come up between these two entry-level DSLR:

    Nikon D3300 US$ 600 and new specs technology

    or the more familiarised

    Canon T5i US$ 750 and older specs technology

    If there is someone who has bought one of them please post some comments on how they have worked for you and if you've like your buyer's choice.
  2. soulreaver99 macrumors 68030


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    Get the Nikon and save that $150 on a prime lens of 35 or 50mm.

    Also, there's nothing wrong with a mirrorless camera. You can get the NEX 6 with an EVF and it takes FANTASTIC photos, easy to use and is as flexible as a DSLR if you are a beginner.

  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I had the Nikon D3200 with 18-55 mm lens and it was a great little camera. However the more important thing to consider is what are you wanting to shoot and what lens (or lenses) you will need. If you are on a budget, have a look at second hand equipment. Lots of people sell there stuff on so you can get a real bargain (often with extras thrown in). Try to buy from a camera shop rather than eBay though. You will pay a little more, but should get some sort of warranty.
  4. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    I second the D3300. It had raving reviews and Nikon has awesome lenses.
    The D3300 is an "entry-level" dslr with pro quality.
  5. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    The results will be quite similar other than perhaps in very dark conditions where newer sensors fare better than older ones. If your friend has a good collection of lenses and external flashes and you're able to borrow them, then that should probably be a major consideration. shows a $2 price difference between the bodies, not $150. The newer camera will almost always have better specs at any given price point- but there's also always a newer camera coming with even better specs. If borrowing gear isn't a consideration, then I'd go with the Nikon between the two, but you'll ultimately be happy with either camera. If possible, fondle, erm, handle two or three models in each manufacturer's line to see how their ergonomics fit in your hands- that could swing you one way or another.

  6. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    You honestly will be happy with whichever of the two cameras you go with. Although I might be more inclined to go with the Nikon (cheaper option) so you can invest in a nice prime lens (50mm f/1.8), depending on what you shoot. Obviously both are beginner DSLR cameras, but they will certainly give you more opportunities and situations to shoot in over your iPhone. While the iPhone is no slouch of a camera, you're able to control the aperture and shutter speed with a DSLR, along with shooting in low light situations, and have images that still look good even printed out.

    All in all, you can't go wrong with either camera. If possible, try going to a local camera store or even Best Buy and hold each of the cameras in your hand, along with play around with each menu system. You can make an informed decision from there.
  7. LucasLand macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    whats the difference btw the nikon D3200 & D3300?
  8. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    Good advice, Paul.
  9. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
  10. ChrisA, Jul 4, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2014

    ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California

    The thing about SLR bodies like those is that you will want a lens, or maybe two or three of them eventually. You might plan ahead and loom at when each company offers and which of those you'd want to buy. If you buy Nikon you will be buying Nikon lens and later when you replace the body, it will have to be Nikon also. Think WAY ahead.

    I never like the advice to "handle" one of the SLR bodies in the shop. Why make a decision about the next three lenses you buy and the next body you buy based on the shape of one entry level SLR body? Look over the offerings of the company. You are choosing a camera company NOT just one entry level SLR body

    My opinion: Typically at a given price point, Nikon wins on ergonomics, canon on features. I think Nikon'sentry level lenses are better while at the top end both are very good.

    Also don't over look used SLRs. You can buy see for less then 1/2 the above prices leaving more room in the budget for better lenses. Used lenses are also good values. Buying a used nikon lens is more complex because they have made so many different types.

    A lot depends of if you want to shoot much video
  11. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
    i just bought d3300 at costco, came with the 55-200 lens as well.

    i already bought the 35mm f/1.8 for my prime lens.

    shooting everything already!
  12. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Well lets see them then!:)
  13. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Get the D3300. It has the same, excellent sensor and IQ (unlike, say, the Sony A3000/A5000 vs. the A6000) as the D5300 / D7100.
  14. gnomeisland macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    New York, NY
    Neither. Get the Sony A6000 which is smaller, better IQ, and focuses faster. Or the NEX-6 which is about on par with the D3300, even cheaper, smaller, and you can buy the very good SEL50mm or SEL35mm.

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