Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 600D

Winner
Canon EOS 600D

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
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 793 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The 600D has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 600D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 700 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
Size Much smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 262 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Cheaper $299.00 vs $492.28
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The best price we've seen is $193 cheaper (around 40% 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
Weight Lighter 485 g vs 570 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D:197 lenses
              D3000:205 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              600D:12,800 ISO
              D3000:3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D:3.7 fps
              D3000:3 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D:6,400 ISO
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D:0.53x
              D3000:0.52x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D:283 ms
              D3000:262 ms
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D:11.5 EV
              D3000:11.1 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D:65.0
              D3000:62.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              D3000:563 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              600D:22.1 bits
              D3000:22.3 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $857 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,220 body only

              $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $761 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $840 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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