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

Canon Rebel SL1 vs Nikon D3100

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Canon Rebel SL1

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Nikon D3100

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Runner-up

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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel SL1.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

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
Lower 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Size
Significantly smaller
117×91×69 mm vs 124×97×74 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SL1's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.7" vs 2.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
264 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SL1's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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
Low light performance
Slightly 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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$263.39 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $136 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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
              SL1220 lenses
              D3100230 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              SL1117×91×69 mm
              D3100124×97×74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SL1$399.00
              D3100$263.39
              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
              SL14 fps
              D31003 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SL117.9 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1264 ms
              D3100279 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SL19
              D310011
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SL112,800 ISO
              D31003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.3 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL10.54x
              D31000.51x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL163.0
              D310067.0
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SL11080p @ 30fps
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1843 ISO
              D3100919 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $482 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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 Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Much larger
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $673 body only

              $969 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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