Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS Rebel

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D4 and Canon EOS Rebel. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon D4 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS Rebel is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D4 were released 2012 and Canon EOS Rebel was released 2003. That is a 9 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D4 2012
Canon EOS Rebel 2003

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D4 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor while Canon EOS Rebel has a "Canon APS-C"-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 **
Nikon D4 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS Rebel 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** 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 (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)


Nikon D4 has a 16,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel has 6,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D4 16,2 MP
16163840 pixels
4928 x 3280
Canon EOS Rebel 6,3 MP
6291456 pixels
3072 x 2048

Nikon D4 has a 157 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel. 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 D4 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel. Nikon D4 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 204800 while Canon EOS Rebel has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D4 100-204800
Canon EOS Rebel 100-1600

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 Nikon D4
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D4 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D4 11
Canon EOS Rebel 2,5

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 Nikon D4. Unfortunately Canon EOS Rebel 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D4 weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2.95 lb) which is 108% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel and its 645 gr (or 1.42 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D4 1340 gr
2.95 lb
Canon EOS Rebel 645 gr
1.42 lb

Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS Rebel Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D4 and Canon EOS Rebel, 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.

Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Name Nikon D4 Canon EOS Rebel
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Release Year 2012 2003
Release Date 2012-01-06 2003-08-20
MSRP 5999 USD 899 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4928 x 3280 pixels 3072 x 2048 pixels
Megapixels 16,2 MP 6,3 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 DIGIC
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
ISO Range 100 - 204800 100 - 1600
White Balance Presets 12 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 51 7
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3,2 1.8
Screen dots 921000 118000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT color LCD with brightness control N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Frames per second 11 fps 2,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Memory Card Compact Flash
Compact Flash
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Optional via WT-5, WT-5A
Remote Control Yes (via ten-pin remote terminal) Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D4
Canon EOS Rebel
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL18 rechargeable battery & charger
BP-511 Lithium-Ion battery pack
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 400 shots
Width 160 mm 142 mm
Height 157 mm 99 mm
Depth 91 mm 72 mm
Weight 1340 gram 645 gram