Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Nikon D3200

Canon Rebel SL1

Winner
Canon Rebel SL1

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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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
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 SL1 does so at a higher frame rate
Size
Significantly smaller
117x91x69 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SL1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SL1's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
264 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Thinner
2.7" vs 2.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
407 g vs 505 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 63.0
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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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 843 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$272.29 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $177 cheaper (around 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              SL1:197 lenses
              D3100:205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              SL1:117x91x69 mm
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              SL1:407 g
              D3100:505 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SL1:$449.00
              D3100:$272.29
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL1:4 fps
              D3100:3 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1:264 ms
              D3100:279 ms
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.3 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL1:0.54x
              D3100:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SL1:9
              D3100:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL1:63.0
              D3100:67.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1:843 ISO
              D3100:919 ISO

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel SL1.

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 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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