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

Canon EOS 600D

Winner
Canon EOS 600D

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
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
 

differences

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
$272.29 vs $491.04
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The best price we've seen is $219 cheaper (more than 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
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D:197 lenses
              D3100:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              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
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              600D:9
              D3100:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Size Is slightly larger
              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 - $497 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
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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