Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D80

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Nikon D80

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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 D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 1100D.
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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 524 ISO
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The 1100D has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
110 ms vs 250 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$446.80 vs $1,500.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,053 cheaper (3.4x less)
Startup delay
Less startup delay
100 ms vs 500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
62.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Weight
Significantly lighter
459 g vs 668 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 1100D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
130×100×78 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 11 EV
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0.4 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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              1100D197 lenses
              D80205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              1100D720p @ 30fps
              D80None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1100D3.1"
              D803"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1100D12.2 MP
              D8010 MP
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              1100D2.7"
              D802.5"
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1100D6,400 ISO
              D801,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              1100D9
              D8011
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1100D11 EV
              D8011.2 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1100D62.0
              D8061.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1100D21.9 bits
              D8022.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1100D755 ISO
              D80524 ISO

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              Canon EOS 600D

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              $518 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $693 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 body only

              $1,014 with 55-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Size Larger

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