Updated (March 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Canon EOS 600D

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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"

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 600D.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
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
Lower 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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0.4 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 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
67.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Size
Significantly smaller
124×97×74 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Significantly cheaper
$263.39 vs $556.33
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The best price we've seen is $293 cheaper (2.1x less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 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
              600D220 lenses
              D3100230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D3.7 fps
              D31003 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D283 ms
              D3100279 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D6,400 ISO
              D31003,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              600D9
              D310011
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D0.53x
              D31000.51x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D11.5 EV
              D310011.3 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D65.0
              D310067.0
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              600D1080p @ 30fps
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D793 ISO
              D3100919 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Lowest price More expensive

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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              discussion

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              EOS 600D
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              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