Updated (August, 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 400D vs Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 400D

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
2.6"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon 400D

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 664 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The 400D has a slight edge (0.2 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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 262 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay Much less startup delay 700 ms vs 2500 ms
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3.6x less delay when turning on
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.49x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 3,200 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Weight Lighter 485 g vs 556 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.5" vs 2.6"
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Almost the same
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Very small Help
        400D:127x94x65 mm
        D3000:126x97x64 mm
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        400D:197 lenses
        D3000:205 lenses
        Thickness Very thin Help
        400D:2.6"
        D3000:2.5"
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Live view No live view Help
        Preview with viewfinder
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        400D:None
        D3000:3,200 ISO
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        400D:10.1 MP
        D3000:10 MP
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        400D:11 EV
        D3000:11.1 EV
        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
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        400D:0.49x
        D3000:0.52x
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        400D:9
        D3000:11
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        400D:664 ISO
        D3000:563 ISO
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        400D:22.1 bits
        D3000:22.3 bits

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $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 significantly larger
        Canon EOS 1000D

        Canon EOS 1000D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $721 - $969 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 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
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,299 with 18-135mm, 75-300mm lenses

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,633 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $569 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

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        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,221 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Size Much larger
        Canon EOS 350D

        Canon EOS 350D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Slightly smaller
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Color depth Worse color depth

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        Nikon D5000

        Nikon D5000

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Size Much larger
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

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