Canon EOS Rebel XSi vs Nikon D3300

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel XSi and Nikon D3300. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Nikon D3300

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Rebel XSi is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D3300 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi were released 2008 and Nikon D3300 was released 2014. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS Rebel XSi Canon 2008
Nikon D3300 Nikon 2014

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Rebel XSi has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D3300 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D3300 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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 XSi has a 12,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3300 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 12,2 MP 12166656 4272 2848
Nikon D3300 24 MP 24064000 6016 4000

Nikon D3300 has a 98 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel XSi. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3300 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel XSi. Nikon D3300 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 100-1600
Nikon D3300 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS Rebel XSi has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3300 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3300 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 that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3300

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel XSi can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3300 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 3,5
Nikon D3300 5

Ability to record movies

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

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D3300. Sadly, the Canon EOS Rebel XSi does not support this.

Weight

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

Canon EOS Rebel XSi weighs 524 gr (equal to 1,16 lb) which is 22% heavier than Nikon D3300 and its 430 gr (or 0,95 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 524 gr 1,16 lb
Nikon D3300 430 gr 0,95 lb