Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Winner
Nikon D7100

93

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Canon EOS 600D

58

Canon EOS 600D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,256 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
83.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$491.04 vs $891.92
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The best price we've seen is $401 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Size
Smaller
133x99x79 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
570 g vs 675 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
83.0 vs 65.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 600D does so at a lower frame rate
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.53x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D7100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
251 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness
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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              600D:1,040k dots
              D7100:1,229k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D:197 lenses
              D7100:205 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Size Large Help
              600D:133x99x79 mm
              D7100:136x107x76 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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