Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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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
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 262 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 500D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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 Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 520 g vs 536 g
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Almost the same
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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
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Lowest price Much cheaper $249.00 vs $1,198.56
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The best price we've seen is $950 cheaper (4.8x less)
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 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Very small Help
              500D:129x98x62 mm
              D3000:126x97x64 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              500D:197 lenses
              D3000:205 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              500D:2.4"
              D3000:2.5"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              500D:12,800 ISO
              D3000:3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              500D:3.4 fps
              D3000:3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              500D:15.1 MP
              D3000:10 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              500D:3,200 ISO
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              500D:11.5 EV
              D3000:11.1 EV
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              500D:1080p @ 20fps
              D3000:None
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              500D:9
              D3000:11
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              500D:0.54x
              D3000:0.52x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              500D:63.0
              D3000:62.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              500D:663 ISO
              D3000:563 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              500D:21.7 bits
              D3000:22.3 bits

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $435 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $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 slightly larger
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 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 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $830 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,633 - $1,733 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive

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              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              Size Much larger
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $634 - $750 body only

              $813 - $907 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Much larger
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3000.

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