Canon vs Nikon: Mid-Range DSLR
If you’ve got a little more to spend then you’ve probably got even more options. From Canon you have got the Canon EOS Rebel T5i (known outside the US as the EOS 700D), Canon EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D), Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D) and EOS 77D.
From Nikon, there is not the same amount of models to take, but the Nikon D5300 and Nikon D5600 are still very strong contenders.
The EOS Rebel is starting with the T5i / EOS 700D, and it is now starting to show its age, with the 18MP sensor not a match for the latest 24MP sensor. It is very cheap, but we think it is worth saving a bit more and trying to go for a new camera if you can.
The arrival of the Nikon D5300 has been difficult, but it has many advantages over the EOS Rebel T5i / E7 700D. These include a 24.2MP sensor with a low-pass filter, a 39-point AF system, a large 3.2in LCD screen (although it does not have touchscreen functionality) and a built-in Wi-Fi body.
Collectively, this adds up to a much better resolution on Canon, although we weren’t so crazy about the D5300’s AF force in the live scene when we reviewed either camera. Otherwise, we were left with positive impressions and the price meant that it should be a very attractive proposition for many people.
The Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D is also worth a look for a little more cash. Handling is great, and we love the way the touchscreen control is implemented and overall, it’s a very solid choice.
These three DSLRs have however been separated from the new model, with the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D, EOS 77D and D5600 being the latest offerings from Canon and Nikon.
The direct successor to the T6i / 750D, the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D comes with a new sensor (although the resolution remains the same at 24.2MP), providing better noise performance and a much better system at higher ISOs. The EOS 77D is very similar to the T7i / 800D as far as spec goes, but offers more body mounted control if you’re a slightly more experienced user.
This drops the Nikon D5600, which has a 24.2MP sensor that produces very detailed images, as well as an articulating touchscreen, decent 39-point AF system and polished handling. All of these combine the D5600 to provide one of the most well-rounded entry-level DSLRs available, but it is likely outfitted for overall performance by the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D.