Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 1100D

Winner
Canon EOS 1100D

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1100D

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
100 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
110 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
700 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 1100D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
755 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The 1100D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
110 ms vs 262 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
100 ms vs 700 ms
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7x less delay when turning on
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 1100D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.52x
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
459 g vs 485 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Size
Much smaller
126x97x64 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 11 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$359.00 vs $449.95
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              1100D:197 lenses
              D3000:205 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              1100D:459 g
              D3000:485 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              1100D:$449.95
              D3000:$359.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              1100D:720p @ 30fps
              D3000:None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1100D:12.2 MP
              D3000:10 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1100D:11 EV
              D3000:11.1 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1100D:6,400 ISO
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              1100D:0.54x
              D3000:0.52x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              1100D:9
              D3000:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1100D:755 ISO
              D3000:563 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $913 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $840 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $423 body only

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth

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              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $945 body only

              $812 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Lowest price Much more expensive

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              jay patel (5:49 AM, January 21, 2012)
              i think canon is good