I don't like writing these kinds of posts. I would much prefer to write about photographic vision, creativity, being an artist, and the decisive moment. I wish folks would realize that it doesn't really matter what camera you have, it's what you do with the camera you do have that's important.
But I get asked often what my thoughts are on different cameras. And these kind of posts are popular, anyway.
The latest question is, for a beginning photographer, what would I choose, the Canon Rebel T5 or the Nikon D3300? They're priced similarly and aimed at the same group of people. Which do I think is better?
The answer is the Nikon D3300. The sensor is a world ahead of that in the Canon camera, especially at high ISO. And you get more resolution with the D3300.
There are three important aspects of a digital camera that will equate to image quality: the sensor, the software and the lens. We talked about the sensor, but what about the other two? Between Canon and Nikon, it's about the same. Neither one has any significant advantage.
The truth is that it doesn't really matter which one you choose. Either you can craft great photographs with either camera or you cannot craft great photographs with either camera. Great photographs start in your mind and heart and have little to do with the camera in your hand.
With that said, simply because the Nikon D3300 has a significantly better sensor, I'd choose it over the Canon Rebel T5. Perhaps if the T5 was on sale for significantly less than the D3300, maybe that would be a good reason to choose it over the Nikon.