Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

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Canon Rebel T3

39

Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Movie format Higher frame rate movies 720p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Both shoot HD (720p) video, but T3 does so at a higher frame rate
Battery life Longer battery life 700 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Size Smaller 130x100x78 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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Almost the same
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 590 g
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More than 20% lighter
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 72.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 868 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The D5000 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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 276 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        T3:300 ms
        D5000:400 ms
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        T3:197 lenses
        D5000:205 lenses
        Movie format HD (720p) video Help
        T3:720p @ 30fps
        D5000:720p @ 24fps
        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%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        12.2 MP
        Size Large Help
        T3:130x100x78 mm
        D5000:127x104x80 mm
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T3:3 fps
        D5000:4 fps
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        T3:309 ms
        D5000:276 ms
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3:6,400 ISO
        D5000:3,200 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
        D5000:11
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T3:0.54x
        D5000:0.51x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3:755 ISO
        D5000:868 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $999 body only

        $746 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $695 with 18-55mm lens

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

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 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

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        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Weight Heavier

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