Nikon D3300 vs Canon EOS Rebel SL1

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3300 and Canon EOS Rebel SL1. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D3300
Canon EOS Rebel SL1


Nikon D3300 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D3300 were released 2014 and Canon EOS Rebel SL1 was released 2013. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D3300 Nikon 2014
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Canon 2013

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3300 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has a "APSC"-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")
Nikon D3300 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

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


Nikon D3300 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has 18 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D3300 24 MP 24064000 6016 4000
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456

Nikon D3300 has a 34 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel SL1. 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

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3300 100-12800
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS Rebel SL1 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 Nikon D3300
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D3300 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel SL1 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3300 5
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 4

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 Nikon D3300. Unfortunately Canon EOS Rebel SL1 does not support recording movies and movie clips.


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.

Nikon D3300 weighs 430 gr (equal to 0,95 lb) which is 6% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and its 407 gr (or 0,9 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D3300 430 gr 0,95 lb
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 407 gr 0,9 lb