Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

72

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Canon Rebel T3

40

Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 700 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 560 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $275.99 vs $436.95
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The best price we've seen is $161 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 273 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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Almost the same
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 Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T3:300 ms
              D5100:500 ms
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3:$275.99
              D5100:$436.95
              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
              T3:3 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3:12.2 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3:309 ms
              D5100:273 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              T3:None
              D5100:Contrast detection
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              D5100:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3:9
              D5100:11
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $629 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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