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Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Canon EOS 650D

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Nikon D3100

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
5 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 650D.
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differences

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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Movie format
Lower 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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 650D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 650D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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
Size
Significantly smaller
124×97×74 mm vs 133×100×79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$274.21 vs $674.09
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (2.5x less)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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 575 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              650D220 lenses
              D3100230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              650D17.9 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              650D269 ms
              D3100279 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              650D9
              D310011
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              650D12,800 ISO
              D31003,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              650D11.2 EV
              D310011.3 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D0.53x
              D31000.51x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              650D62.0
              D310067.0
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              650D1080p @ 30fps
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              650D722 ISO
              D3100919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $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
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $728 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $536 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $416 body only

              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

              $430 - $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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 650D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 - $949 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $970 with 55-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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