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

Canon Rebel T3

Winner
Canon Rebel T3

40

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Nikon D3000

34

Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 

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"
 
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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 Lighter 459 g vs 536 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $275.99 vs $329.99
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The best price we've seen is $54 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3:197 lenses
              D3000:205 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3:$275.99
              D3000:$329.99
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3:309 ms
              D3000:262 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3:9
              D3000:11
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              D3000:0.52x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              D3000:563 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3:21.9 bits
              D3000:22.3 bits

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $427 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

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 body only

              $200 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $625 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $745 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $470 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 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

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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....