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

Nikon D5000 vs Canon Rebel T3

Winner
Nikon D5000

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Canon Rebel T3

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

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

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Movie format
Lower 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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$332.12 vs $793.80
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The best price we've seen is $462 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
130×100×78 mm vs 127×104×80 mm
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Almost the same
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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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality
Better image quality
72.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
230 lenses vs 220 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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T3300 ms
              D5000400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3220 lenses
              D5000230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              D5000720p @ 24fps
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3309 ms
              D5000276 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T36,400 ISO
              D50003,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T33 fps
              D50004 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T39
              D500011
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T30.54x
              D50000.51x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              D5000868 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 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

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much 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

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger 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 D5000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm 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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