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

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

71

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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

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay 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 $224.95 vs $378.00
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The best price we've seen is $153 cheaper (more than 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
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
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
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 Significantly 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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 273 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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:$224.95
              D5100:$378.00
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3:9
              D5100:11
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              T3:None
              D5100:Contrast detection
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              D5100:0.51x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $695 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Much smaller
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5100.

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