Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D3100

Canon Rebel T3

Winner
Canon Rebel T3

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Great battery life
Battery life
700 shots
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
755 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.52x
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
459 g vs 485 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Size
Much smaller
126x97x64 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
262 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 11 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$359.00 vs $389.00
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The best price we've seen is $30 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3:197 lenses
              D3000:205 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              T3:459 g
              D3000:485 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3:$389.00
              D3000:$359.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              D3000:None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3:12.2 MP
              D3000:10 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              D3000:11.1 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3:6,400 ISO
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3:309 ms
              D3000:262 ms
              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
              T3:0.54x
              D3000:0.52x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3:9
              D3000:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              62.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              D3000:563 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

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              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $930 body only

              $812 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $545 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger

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              t (8:23 AM, July 15, 2013)
              the t3 is junk - had one - got rid of it cheap cheap cheap - u get what you pay for
               
              sapajul (2:25 PM, June 29, 2013)
              yep, but just add a Nifty fifty for $99 and canon is still cheaper.
               
              copestersteph (4:44 PM, March 02, 2013)
              From what I can tell the "cheaper price" is not comparing apples to apples. The Canon price at $329 is body only & the Nikon price includes a lens....