Canon EOS 50D vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Canon EOS 50D

59

Nikon D3100

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

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
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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

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

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$769 body only

$899 with 18-135mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$430 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Color depth Better color depth
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$429 - $649 body only

$520 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$417 body only

$350 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Thickness Thicker
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$279 body only

$330 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$514 body only

$520 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Thickness Thicker

discussion

Canon EOS 50D
EOS 50D
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Nikon D3100
D3100
Nikon

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