Nikon D3100 vs Canon EOS 1100D

Winner
Nikon D3100

53

Canon EOS 1100D

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Great color depth
Color depth
22.5 bits
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 1100D.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

competitors

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$499 body only

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$329 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Thickness Thicker

Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$499 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,107 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$505 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

discussion

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Avatar for JamesMurray(BOOGLE?) JamesMurray(BOOGLE?) (3:51 AM, November 12, 2015)
i use d3100 for photography... this post makes no sense
 
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)