Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D800E

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Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D800E

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Wider field of view Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 160%% field of view digital camera. That's 60% wider than the Nikon D800E (100%%).
20% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 0.87xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.17x higher than the Nikon D800E (0.7xx). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Hugely lighter Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a weight of 530gg, but the Nikon D800E is a 900gg digital camera (370g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Nineteen more awards
The Canon EOS 550D has 22 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Nikon D800E has 3 awards.
6 Reasons For
51% higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D800E is a 36.3MPMP digital camera. That's 18.3MP higher than the Canon EOS 550D (36.3MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

50% more total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D800E is a 36.8MPMP digital camera. That's 18.1MP more than the Canon EOS 550D (36.8MPMP).
Larger screen size Edit
The Nikon D800E is a 3.2"" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Canon EOS 550D (3.2""). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon D800E is a 921,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 920 pixels higher than the Canon EOS 550D (921,000 pixels pixels).
900 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Nikon D800E is 900 shots, but the Canon EOS 550D only takes 440 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Better expert reviews
Based on 19 expert reviews, the average review score of the Nikon D800E is 93%, however the average rating of the Canon EOS 550D is 86% (based on 106 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
2x lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is an 18MPMP digital camera. That's 18.3MP lower than the Nikon D800E (36.3MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

97% less total megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is an 18.7MPMP digital camera. That's 18.1MP less than the Nikon D800E (36.8MPMP).
Smaller screen size Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 3"" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" smaller than the Nikon D800E (3.2""). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Hugely lower display resolution Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 1,040,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 920 pixels lower than the Nikon D800E (921,000 pixels pixels).
Only 440 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Canon EOS 550D is 440 shots, but the Nikon D800E only takes 900 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Older by over one year
The Canon EOS 550D is 17 months older than the Nikon D800E.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The Canon EOS 550D's average expert score is 86%, however the Nikon D800E's is 93% (based on 19 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
Narrower field of view Edit
The Nikon D800E is a 100%% field of view digital camera. That's 60% narrower than the Canon EOS 550D (100%%).
25% lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D800E is a 0.7xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.17x lower than the Canon EOS 550D (0.7xx). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

A lot heavier Edit
The Nikon D800E has a weight of 900gg, but the Canon EOS 550D is a 530gg digital camera (370g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Nineteen less awards
The Nikon D800E has only received 3 awards, whereas the Canon EOS 550D has received 22 awards.

Awards

22 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Akam.no: Recommended
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.co.uk: Editor's Choice
CNET.com.au: Editor's Choice
Digital Versus: 5 Star
dinside.no/data: Recommended
dv.com: Excellence Award
EISA.eu: EISA Best Product
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Good Gear Guide.com.au: Best Buy
itespresso.es: Recommended
itpro.no: Warmly Recommended
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
pcactual.com: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Hot Product
tbreak.ae: Recommended
theregister.co.uk: Recommended
tipa.com: Technical Image Press Association Award
What Digital Camera: Recommended
3 Awards
camerastuffreview.com/nl/: Good Stuff
camerastuffreviewcom: Good Stuff
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential

Average Expert Rating

Date Released

63 months Ago 45 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
18MP 36.3MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 3600 x 2400
BEST
 5184 x 3456
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 3600 x 2400
Maximum Image Resolution
 7360 x 4912
 7360 x 4912
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2
Image Format
 RAW
 EXIF
 JPG
 RAW
 EXIF
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.3 x 14.9 35.9 x 24
Total Megapixel Count
18.7MP 36.8MP
BEST
Sensor Format
 FX
 FX
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 16:9
 5:4
 3:2
 16:9
 5:4

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
38 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
216mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
29mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
75.4 x 101 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
16/12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Nikon F
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Nikon F
Diaphragm Blades
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
67mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range
0.05 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
Unknown - Click to provide data 51
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
1 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
12,800 6,400
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide
13m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Recharging Time
3s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Format
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG4
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
BEST
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 PCM
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
160%
BEST
100%
Display Resolution
1,040,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.87x
BEST
0.7x
Viewfinder
 electrical
 Electronic
BEST
 electrical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
I/O Port
1x video out PAL/ NTSC,1x HDMI mini,1x 3.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10,20
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Adjustment Mode
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Resizing
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.1
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.1
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Start-Up Time
0.1ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data -3 - 1
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Zoom
 Slideshow
 Zoom
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 17mm
Scene Mode
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 KAZ
 RUM
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 KAZ
 RUM
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
530g
BEST
900g
Height
97.3mm 123mm
Depth
62mm 81.5mm
Width
128.8mm 146mm
Weight Including Battery
530g 1kg
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
LP-E8 EN-EL15
Maximum Battery Life
1.7h Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
440 shots 900 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 40 0 - 85
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser,Image Processing,Digital Photo Professional,PhotoStitch,EOS Utility,Picture Style Editor Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV

Other Features

Metering
TTL Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight
0.53kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating System
Windows XP (SP2/SP3), Vista inc SP1 Starter Edition, 7 Starter Edition, OS X v10.4-10.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
29 - 88 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
3.5 - 5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Sensor Resolution
18,000,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
30 - 1/4000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum System Requirement
USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens System
EF/EF-S Unknown - Click to provide data
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