Canon EOS 50D vs Nikon D3100

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Canon EOS 50D

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Nikon D3100

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.59x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6.3 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
131 ms vs 279 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.3 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.4 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
640 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 63.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Size
Smaller
124×97×74 mm vs 146×108×74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$263.39 vs $1,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,236 cheaper (5.7x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              50D220 lenses
              D3100230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              50D300 ms
              D3100400 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              50D9
              D310011
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              50D15.1 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              50D11.4 EV
              D310011.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              50D63.0
              D310067.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              50D21.8 bits
              D310022.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              50D696 ISO
              D3100919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $859 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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