Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D3100

54

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Canon Rebel T3

40

Canon Rebel T3

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Large sensor
Sensor size
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 505 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Significantly smaller
124x96x73 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
279 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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
Cheaper
$272.29 vs $389.00
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The best price we've seen is $117 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T3:300 ms
              D3100:400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3:197 lenses
              D3100:205 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3:$389.00
              D3100:$272.29
              Weight Light weight Help
              T3:459 g
              D3100:505 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3:12.2 MP
              D3100:14.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3:309 ms
              D3100:279 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3:6,400 ISO
              D3100:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              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
              D3100:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3:9
              D3100:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3:62.0
              D3100:67.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              D3100:919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3.

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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              Showing 8 comments

              irish (10:34 AM, June 30, 2013)
              What did u buy Nikon or canon?
               
              Roberta (1:56 PM, April 15, 2013)
              Can I ask a question? I am preparing to buy a digital camera as it is becoming more difficult to develop film. :) I have a Nikon film camera and several lenses. Would my lenses work on a Nikon digital camera? Thanks.
               
              Raoulalcantara (9:09 AM, April 25, 2012)
              I am from the Philippines..between the two
              cameras i'll go for Canon 1100d for these reasons:1. Built-in AF motor -
              can use older lenses2. Bracketing - for HDR photograpy3. Price - need to
              say more?4. If you want 1080p video...get an HD video cam, SLR's are for
              still phography not intended for video5. 12 mp is as good as 14 mp not
              unless you are planning to print a poster size photo. Megapixels refer to the
              size of the photograph not the quality.6. There are 7 Canon Service centers
              here in the Philippines compare to Nikon which only has one.I hope this
              help...happy shooting
               
              Kizzy (4:43 PM, January 28, 2012)
              I like the Nikon better I though, Canon was great but my Uncle has Nikon, and I'm pretty inspired by him. Plus he can sell me his lenses,  I got a Nikon D3100 on Christmas.
               
              SidBP (1:49 PM, December 29, 2011)
              The 1100D is Better Than the D3100 :)
              Also The D3100's Grip IS not good at all :/
              Better Image Quality on 1100D
              Larger Viewfinder
              Even That Snapsort Recommends the D3100 experience Will Show You that the 1100D is better :)
               
              Mojopower (3:46 AM, November 30, 2011)
              The pictures on the T3 are better, check out any other website to see side-by-side comparisons.
               
              Shane Schweizer (4:19 AM, November 19, 2011)
              I think that spec wise the D3100 seems to be the winner.
               
              Sonam Tshering (9:02 AM, November 16, 2011)
              So what's the final verdict? Canon T3 or Nikon D3100??