Canon EOS Rebel T3 vs Nikon D5500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel T3 and Nikon D5500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Rebel T3 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5500 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 were released 2011 and Nikon D5500 was released 2015. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011
Nikon D5500 2015

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Rebel T3 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D5500 has a "Nikon DX"-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 Rebel T3 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D5500 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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 Rebel T3 has a 12,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5500 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848
Nikon D5500 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Nikon D5500 has a 97 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel T3. 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

Nikon D5500 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel T3. Nikon D5500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS Rebel T3 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel T3 100-6400
Nikon D5500 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS Rebel T3 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5500 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5500 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel T3
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5500

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel T3 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5500 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel T3 3
Nikon D5500 5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS Rebel T3 and Nikon D5500 can shoot movies.

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.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 weighs 495 gr (equal to 1,09 lb) which is 18% heavier than Nikon D5500 and its 420 gr (or 0,93 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS Rebel T3 495 gr
1,09 lb
Nikon D5500 420 gr
0,93 lb

Canon EOS Rebel T3 vs Nikon D5500 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS Rebel T3 and Nikon D5500, 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 Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Name Canon EOS Rebel T3 Nikon D5500
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Release Year 2011 2015
Release Date 2011-02-07 2015-01-06
MSRP 499 USD 899 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Camera Type Digital SLR camera Digital SLR camera
Sensor
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Sensor Size APS-C (1.6x) DX / APS-C (1.5x)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4272 x 2848 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 12,2 MP 24 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 EXPEED 4
Image
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 39
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S
Compatible lenses
Nikon F
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
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 2.7 3,2
Screen dots 230000 1037000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor TFT LCD Monitor
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.) 0.82 (0.51 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Frames per second 3 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 9 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-timer Yes Yes
Timelapse 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 steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format Motion JPEG
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
HDMI Yes Yes
Microphone port No Yes
Headphone port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Built-In
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector) Yes (MC-DC2 (wired), WR-1/WR-R10 (wireless))
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D5500
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
EN-EL14 / EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 700 shots 820 shots
Width 130 mm 124 mm
Height 100 mm 97 mm
Depth 78 mm 70 mm
Weight 495 gram 420 gram