Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Canon EOS 600D

56

Nikon D3100

53

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 continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 600D.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

competitors

Canon EOS 600D Competitors

Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$505 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$379 body only

Autofocus Video autofocus
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$304 body only

$350 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$304 body only

$350 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$379 body only

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$317 body only

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Thickness Thicker

discussion

Canon EOS 600D
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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