Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life Much longer battery life 700 shots vs 200 shots
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3.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 22.2x14.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 11.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 309 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 4"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 555 g
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Around 20% lighter
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T3:Pentamirror
              P510:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3:3.1"
              P510:4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              T3:459 g
              P510:555 g
              Size Large Help
              T3:130x100x78 mm
              P510:120x83x102 mm
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 body only

              $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $376

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $397

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fujifilm FinePix S8300

              Fujifilm FinePix S8300

              Super zoom

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS

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