With the Nikon D5600 now available for the US and Canon T7i available for pre-order it’s that time again for a bit of a comparison. At one point, Nikon had put on a good showing with the D5300 leading the market for photography while our video recommendation had been going to the Canon T5i. Since then Nikon camera’s have been stagnating under minor updates while the T7i got a decent upgrade in processing, sensor, connectivity, and focus certainly pushing it closer to the top of our list.
The T7i has faster autofocus that can see better in low light conditions and now includes 45 cross-type AF points. Live view focus uses the Dual Pixel AF which makes for smooth and cinematic like focusing for video. In comparison the D5600 offers 39 AF points with only 9 being cross-type. And live view focusing on the D5600 still uses the older, slower Contrast AF method.
While the D5600 can’t match the T7i’s focusing it does come with new AF-P 18-55 lenses using stepping motors similar to Canon’s STM system. While we haven’t tested the lenses yet stepping motors allow the camera smoother and quieter transitions while focusing for video. At the moment though Nikon’s AF-P selection is very limited compared to the growing selection of Canon STM lenses.
Autofocus – Canon T7i | Live View Autofocus: Canon
Nikon, since the D5300, has removed the anti-aliasing filter allowing for sharper photos. While the D5600 has seen improvements in connectivity it still uses the SnapBridge system which we do not recommend. Overall comparatively, you do save $100 going with Nikon, just enough for accessories such as a bag, batteries, or a tripod.
Image Quality – Sharpness: Nikon D5600 | Dynamic Range: Waiting till testing – I expect Nikon to have a slight advantage
Overall in this latest generation, things are looking strong for Canon. We’ll have more on the T7i when Toby gets in a review unit soon. On paper at least Canon borrowed from the 80D enough to make a decent upgrade this year. Nikon still has its strength, which is crisp photos thanks to the removed filter, making a good choice. Canon keeps pushing ease of using making some very friendly cameras for a new DSLR beginner or someone that wants an upgrade from a previous model. Overall we have to give it to Canon as it makes for a better overall platform to use with great support and lens choices.
Canon T7i Strengths
- Smoother focusing Dual Pixel AF in Live view
- 45 Cross-Type AF points for faster focusing in low light
- Better mobile app and connectivity vs Nikon SnapBridge
- Ease of use
- Better lens ecosystem, in this case primarily for entry-level users
Nikon D5600 Strengths
- No anti-aliasing filter allowing for sharper photos
- Longer battery life
- Slightly cheaper
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