Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 450D vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D3100

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Canon EOS 450D

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Canon EOS 450D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
160 ms vs 279 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Size
Smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3100's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
550 shots vs 500 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
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
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The D3100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$272.49 vs $423.19
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The best price we've seen is $151 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
505 g vs 524 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D:197 lenses
              D3100:205 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              450D:129x98x62 mm
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              450D:$423.19
              D3100:$272.49
              Weight Light weight Help
              450D:524 g
              D3100:505 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D:1,600 ISO
              D3100:12,800 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D:3.5 fps
              D3100:3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D:12.2 MP
              D3100:14.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D:800 ISO
              D3100:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              450D:10.8 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              450D:0.54x
              D3100:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D:9
              D3100:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              450D:None
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              450D:61.0
              D3100:67.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              450D:692 ISO
              D3100:919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $895 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 450D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3100.

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              Edwin (10:18 AM, March 20, 2013)
              This review helped me a lot, Great!
               
              Joseph_abiraad (11:20 AM, January 12, 2011)
              The D3100 is more recent than the EOS 450D so it really must have many more advantages than the older one (in ex. the video 1080p). I got both cameras and they're both splendid i must say, equally happy with both of them except of course at night where the Nikon is much better. Great page by the way. Cheers