Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 700D vs Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 650D

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 
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Advantages of the Canon 650D

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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 650D does so at a higher frame rate
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 650D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 650D's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 269 ms vs 279 ms
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 67.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Size Significantly smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 133x99x78 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
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Much cheaper $279.95 vs $783.81
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The best price we've seen is $504 cheaper (2.8x less)
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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 575 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
              650D:197 lenses
              D3100:205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              650D:269 ms
              D3100:279 ms
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              650D:11.2 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D:0.53x
              D3100:0.51x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              650D:5 fps
              D3100:3 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              650D:9
              D3100:11
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              650D:62.0
              D3100:67.0
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              650D:1080p @ 30fps
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $435 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $830 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $642 - $760 body only

              $760 - $937 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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