Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 600D

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 
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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 600D does so at a higher frame rate
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Size Significantly smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 67.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $269.99 vs $492.28
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The best price we've seen is $222 cheaper (around 50% 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 505 g vs 570 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D:197 lenses
              D3100:205 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 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
              D3100:3 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D:283 ms
              D3100:279 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D:6,400 ISO
              D3100:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D:0.53x
              D3100:0.51x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D:11.5 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D:65.0
              D3100:67.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              D3100:919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,220 body only

              $750 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly 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 slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              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 D3100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3100.

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              Avatar for Albert Argilaga Claramunt Albert Argilaga Claramunt (6:54 PM, November 02, 2013)
              D3100 seems a good price-value camera, but the 600D is better, in my opinion Nikon cheats in the DxO tests, they don't give a real raw image but one already processed with a kind of 'median' this obviously gives better noise values for nikon so higher DxO marks, the same for dynamic range or some other parameters. I don't trust them, but still good cameras for traveling and general public.
               
              TheLevine (5:40 AM, January 28, 2012)
              i like d3100!!!
               
              Avatar for Jay-van Geli Jay-van Geli (9:11 AM, December 04, 2011)
              Vibration Reduction for Nikon, Image Stabilisation for Canon are done in-lens and not in the camera
               
              Gfhfgh (7:03 AM, November 24, 2011)
              d3100 is fuckin' hot!
               
              Lisa Doumak (6:10 PM, August 06, 2011)
              Any suggestion of a good entry level DSLR camera that does have an anti-shake or image stabilization feature because I often tend to shake when I take pictures especially of people