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

Canon EOS 400D vs Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 400D

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 400D. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3000.

differences

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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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.49x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Almost the same
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
Weight
Lighter
485 g vs 556 g
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More than 10% lighter
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.5" vs 2.6"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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
              Size Very small Help
              400D127x94x65 mm
              D3000126x97x64 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              400D197 lenses
              D3000205 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              400D2.6"
              D30002.5"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              400DNone
              D30003,200 ISO
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              400D10.1 MP
              D300010 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              400D11 EV
              D300011.1 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              400D9
              D300011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              400D0.49x
              D30000.52x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              62.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              400D664 ISO
              D3000563 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              400D22.1 bits
              D300022.3 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $350 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 slightly larger
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 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
              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $646 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 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

              $528 - $660 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $369 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 400D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,639 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $766 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Size Much larger

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $719 body only

              $919 with 55-300mm lens

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

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