Canon EOS 1200D vs Nikon D3x

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D3x. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1200D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D3x is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1200D were released 2014 and Nikon D3x was released 2008. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1200D 2014
Nikon D3x 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1200D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D3x has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 1200D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D3x 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1200D has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3x has 24,5 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1200D 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Nikon D3x 24,5 MP
24385536 pixels
6048 x 4032

Nikon D3x has a 36 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1200D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Both of these cameras offer the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1200D 100-6400
Nikon D3x 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1200D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3x

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1200D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3x can shoot up to 1-5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1200D 3
Nikon D3x 1-5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS 1200D. Unfortunately Nikon D3x does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D3x weighs 1260 gr (equal to 2,78 lb) which is 162% heavier than Canon EOS 1200D and its 480 gr (or 1,06 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1200D 480 gr
1,06 lb
Nikon D3x 1260 gr
2,78 lb

Canon EOS 1200D vs Nikon D3x Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D3x, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Name Canon EOS 1200D Nikon D3x
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Release Year 2014 2008
Release Date 2014-02-12 2008-12-01
MSRP 549 USD 7470 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 6048 x 4032 pixels
Megapixels 18 MP 24,5 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 EXPEED
Image
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 6400
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
LiveView
Focus Points 9 51
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 460000 920000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.) 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Frames per second 3 fps 1-5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 9 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Video recording Yes No
Video format H.264
N/A
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Connectivity
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector) Yes
GPS No Yes
Optional through GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D3x
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 500 shots 4400 shots
Width 130 mm 160 mm
Height 100 mm 157 mm
Depth 78 mm 88 mm
Weight 480 gram 1260 gram