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Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D3000

Winner
Canon EOS 500D

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Nikon D3000

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm)
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
159 ms vs 262 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
663 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The 500D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 50% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 500D's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
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
Weight
Lighter
485 g vs 520 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              500D129×98×62 mm
              D3000126×97×64 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              500D2.4"
              D30002.5"
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              500D220 lenses
              D3000230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              500D15.1 MP
              D300010 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              500D12,800 ISO
              D30003,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              500D3.4 fps
              D30003 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              500D3,200 ISO
              D30001,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              500D9
              D300011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              500D1080p @ 20fps
              D3000None
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              500D11.5 EV
              D300011.1 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              500D63.0
              D300062.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              500D0.54x
              D30000.52x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              500D663 ISO
              D3000563 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              500D21.7 bits
              D300022.3 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $417 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $534 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $686 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $726 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $596 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,429 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $589 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points

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