Nikon D3100 vs Canon EOS 1100D

Nikon D3100


Canon EOS 1100D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

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


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 1100D.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.


Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Thickness Thicker
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$368 body only

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger

Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$368 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag


Advantages of the Canon 1100D

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
110 ms vs 279 ms
2.5x less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 550 shots
Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
100 ms vs 400 ms
4x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The 1100D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
459 g vs 505 g
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
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Get that real film feel
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
More than 10% larger screen
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
Automatically focuses shooting video
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 755 ISO
The D3100 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 62.0
Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
124×97×74 mm vs 130×100×78 mm
More than 10% smaller
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
$259.89 vs $432.54
The best price we've seen is $173 cheaper (around 40% less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
Set focus accurately within the frame
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              1100D220 lenses
              D3100230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1100D100 ms
              D3100400 ms
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Weight Light weight Help
              1100D459 g
              D3100505 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1100D12.2 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1100D6,400 ISO
              D31003,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1100D11 EV
              D310011.3 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              1100D720p @ 30fps
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1100D755 ISO
              D3100919 ISO




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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 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

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

              Photographer expert ;) (1:53 AM, March 07, 2012)
              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 - 

              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