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

40

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
Live view
Has live view
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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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

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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Lowest price Much cheaper $275.99 vs $876.77
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The best price we've seen is $601 cheaper (3.2x less)
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 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
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
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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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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              similarities

              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              1
              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 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 T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $780 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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              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
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

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              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Weight Significantly heavier

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