Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Large sensor
Sensor size
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1100D

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

differences

Advantages of the Canon 1100D

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
110 ms vs 279 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
100 ms vs 400 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 1100D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 505 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Significantly smaller
124x96x73 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$272.29 vs $411.53
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The best price we've seen is $139 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1100D:100 ms
              D3100:400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              1100D:197 lenses
              D3100:205 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              1100D:$411.53
              D3100:$272.29
              Weight Light weight Help
              1100D:459 g
              D3100:505 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1100D:12.2 MP
              D3100:14.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1100D:6,400 ISO
              D3100:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1100D:11 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              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
              D3100:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              1100D:9
              D3100:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              1100D:720p @ 30fps
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1100D:62.0
              D3100:67.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1100D:755 ISO
              D3100:919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $913 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 body only

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 1100D.

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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              Showing 25 comments

              Snapsort (9:26 AM, March 25, 2014)
              Yes we are Nkon Fanboy!. So what?
               
              HUsam (4:35 PM, June 20, 2013)
              The autofocus motor is integrated into the lenses on Canon EOS System
               
              BlackOps (5:13 AM, June 07, 2013)
              What of these camera is good for Macro photography Nikon D3100 or Canon 1100D?
               
              Goody (10:05 AM, May 02, 2013)
              Can anyone tell me how to identify a camera as SLR camera by seeing its specifications.
               
              menzie (7:51 PM, February 12, 2013)
              Built-in focus motor in CANON??? please get your facts right
               
              Lol (3:57 PM, November 23, 2012)
              1100D is better image quality but d3100 body quality very Good.to my mind 1100D is kicking nikon lol.!
               
              Avatar for Rana Gaber Rana Gaber (10:08 PM, October 31, 2012)
              i am just a beginner i want to buy a camera would you recommend nikon d3100 or canon 1100d ??
              thanks in advance
               
              Enricocabelin (7:32 AM, June 08, 2012)
               which is which? i Am a beginner..i would love to concentrate on photos only..please help which to choose
               
              Annecruz912 (2:20 PM, March 23, 2012)
              one friend told me "its not about the brand of the cam but its about how you use it"
              :)

              i shall try the canon even if i hate it...!!..
               
              Annecruz912 (2:11 PM, March 23, 2012)
              if im a first timer or im a beginner should i choose canon 1100D?

              can you email me at annecruz912@yahoo.com


              i really need a photographer expert to make comments and suggestions for me

               
              Photographer expert ;) (1:53 AM, March 07, 2012)
              IF YOU WANT PHOTOGRAPHY I GO FOR CANNON 1100D 
              IF U WANT TO BLOG OR DO SOME YOUTUBE GO FOR NIKON D3100
               
              Lkjdabfjab (8:24 AM, March 05, 2012)
              I wanted to buy a dSLR camera around Rs 20000-30000 any suggestion please help me out.
               
              Engl (0:50 PM, February 24, 2012)
              Obviously Canon D1100.
               
              Avatar for Roshan Bhattarai Roshan Bhattarai (6:41 AM, January 13, 2012)
              Yes Roger - I bought Canon 1100D over D3100 as I wanted to learn HDR photography for which AEB is key factor which I got in 100D. You can't find it on the Nikon D3100. See the list here which camera model supports AEB - 
              http://hdr-photography.com/aeb.html . 

              In 1100D, I can turn on AEB with timer mode then press the shutter and after x seconds you can get maximum of 3 different exposure shots with one shutter click. While in Nikon D3100 you've to take 3 shots manually by changing EV values manually which is quite troublesome. So if you're into HDR photography my suggestion would be 1100D . 
               
              Roger (2:35 AM, January 12, 2012)
              Hi, Sorry, I am confused - are you sating that Canon is better bet for HDR??
               
              Guest (11:35 PM, December 31, 2011)
              I'm a first timer and I got the D3100, so for those of you who say it's harder to use, you could be wrong cause i found it pretty easy to use. Not to mention it has a built in guide :-)
               
              N Raptored90 (11:10 PM, November 28, 2011)
              snapsport .....1 help.....i shot pictures with  my nikon d3100 and canon 600d the image quality in canon seemed to be way far exceedingly good than that of mine .....i tried to change setting in manual and try but not even close....why is that??....i need a review plss!!
               
              biz (4:48 PM, November 28, 2011)
              which camera is better for begginers?
               
              KC (0:32 PM, November 28, 2011)
              makes me feel like i bought the wrong one (I got the 1100D)... but after using a Nikon at work and it got defective refusing to autofocus for some reason i was afraid to buy one. And anothe one of the Nikons was too slow when i needed to shoot quickly with autofocus, sometimes ignoring my shutter release. So i went for the Canon. Would love the video shooting advantages but a SLR will never really be a full video camera so rather stick to photo advantages only. 
               
              Avatar for Roshan Bhattarai Roshan Bhattarai (5:56 AM, November 27, 2011)
              Come on you didn't say that Automatic Exposure Bracketing(AEB) is not supported in D3100 and while EOS 1100D which is very important for HDR photography and you didn't find its important to mention that here because you're Big Nikon fan.

              For me Nikon D3100 No way to go if you want to choose between these cameras for HDR photography :) .
               
              Avatar for HenRy Lee HenRy Lee (9:21 PM, November 05, 2011)
              i personally think that the built in focus motor is the greatest advantages for a DSLR... can mount cheaper lens
               
              Qualities (2:27 PM, August 13, 2011)
              EOS 1100D is easier to use as its more straight forward than D3100, hence more suitable for DSLR first timers. However, in terms of appearance, D3100 looks more fierce and professional, hence more popular with consumers. I have both but i think D3100 is more stable. Nonetheless both cameras are awesome but ill go with D3100 if i had to choose 1
               
              bb (2:27 AM, August 10, 2011)
              1100 vs 3100 
               
              LOL!!! (3:18 PM, August 07, 2011)
              Yes 1100D is better,
              But Nikon D3100 is user friendly(From reviews not from experience)
               
              LOL!!! (3:17 PM, August 07, 2011)
              Its nikon man