Nikon D500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T3

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D500 and Canon EOS Rebel T3. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D500 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS Rebel T3 is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D500 were released 2016 and Canon EOS Rebel T3 was released 2011. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D500 2016
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D500 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Canon EOS Rebel T3 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 D500 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS Rebel T3 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)

Resolution

Nikon D500 has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel T3 has 12,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D500 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848

Nikon D500 has a 70 % 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 D500 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel T3. Nikon D500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS Rebel T3 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D500 100-51200
Canon EOS Rebel T3 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 Nikon D500
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel T3

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D500 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel T3 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D500 10
Canon EOS Rebel T3 3

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D500 and Canon EOS Rebel T3 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.

Nikon D500 weighs 860 gr (equal to 1.9 lb) which is 74% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel T3 and its 495 gr (or 1.09 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D500 860 gr
1.9 lb
Canon EOS Rebel T3 495 gr
1.09 lb

Nikon D500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T3 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D500 and Canon EOS Rebel T3, 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
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Name Nikon D500 Canon EOS Rebel T3
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Release Year 2016 2011
Release Date 2016-01-05 2011-02-07
MSRP 1999 USD 499 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5568 x 3712 pixels 4272 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 21 MP 12,2 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 5 DIGIC 4
Image
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
ISO Range 100 - 51200 100 - 6400
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 + TIFF RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 153 9
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier 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
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
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3.2 2.7
Screen dots 2359000 230000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 1 (0.67 35mm equiv.) 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 0 N/A
Photography features
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Frames per second 10 fps 3 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 9 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
Motion JPEG
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Memory Card SD/SDHC
XQD
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (Wi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth)
Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless) Yes (E3 connector)
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-1
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D500
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1240 shots 700 shots
Width 147 mm 130 mm
Height 115 mm 100 mm
Depth 81 mm 78 mm
Weight 860 gram 495 gram