Nikon Df vs Canon EOS Rebel T3

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


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

Nikon Df were released 2013 and Canon EOS Rebel T3 was released 2011. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Df 2013
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 Df has a "Nikon FX"-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 Df 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
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)


Nikon Df has a 16 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 Df 16 MP
16163840 pixels
4928 x 3280
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848

Nikon Df has a 33 % 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 Df has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel T3. Nikon Df has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Canon EOS Rebel T3 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Df 100-12800
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 Df
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 Df can shoot up to 5,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel T3 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

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

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 movies and movie clips and that is Canon EOS Rebel T3. Sadly, the Nikon Df does not support this.


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 Df weighs 760 gr (equal to 1,68 lb) which is 54% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel T3 and its 495 gr (or 1,09 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Df 760 gr
1,68 lb
Canon EOS Rebel T3 495 gr
1,09 lb

Nikon Df vs Canon EOS Rebel T3 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Df 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.

Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Name Nikon Df Canon EOS Rebel T3
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Release Year 2013 2011
Release Date 2013-11-05 2011-02-07
MSRP 2749 USD 499 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
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 4272 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 16 MP 12,2 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 DIGIC 4
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
ISO Range 100 - 12800 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 Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 39 9
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 Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3,2 2.7
Screen dots 921000 230000
Touch screen No 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 0.7 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Frames per second 5,5 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 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 No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A Motion JPEG
Video resolution N/A 1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No No
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Optional via WU-1a wireless mobile adapter
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (Cable release, wireless remote) Yes (E3 connector)
Optional with GP-1 or GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Df
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL14/EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1400 shots 700 shots
Width 144 mm 130 mm
Height 110 mm 100 mm
Depth 67 mm 78 mm
Weight 760 gram 495 gram