Canon EOS 50D vs Nikon D3100

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75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.59x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6.3 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 50D.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

competitors

Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

Color depth Better color depth
Movie format Shoots movies
Startup delay Much more startup delay
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Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$1,655 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Color depth Better color depth
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
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Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$649 body only

$599 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Autofocus Video autofocus
Startup delay Much more startup delay

Nikon D3100 Competitors

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Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$495 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
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Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

Startup delay Less startup delay
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen
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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$677 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Thickness Thicker

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