Updated (August 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 550D


Nikon D3100



Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay


Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 550D.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.


Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$454 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Weight Lighter
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$427 body only

$534 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Much larger
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$600 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Much larger

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

$334 body only

$654 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Larger
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Size Larger


Canon EOS 550D
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topkek (4:16 PM, January 01, 2016)
"Nikon's image colours are completely washed out when compared to canon" lol
Avatar for Ross McEwan Ross McEwan (0:46 AM, March 19, 2014)
Have a Niko D3100 , in the hand it just feels nicer than the Canon, easy to use one handed for action shots, gigs, sporting evets etc, depth of field is amazing, don't be drawn by more or less megapixels as they are just used as a number to sell cameras, unless you need HUGE prints you wont notice the differece between 5 - 15 megapixels (althought your comp will as more megapixels take more space) My pics taken on my D3100 are being awarded weekly, it really is the best camera I have ever bought.
Avatar for Nikush Kalandadze Nikush Kalandadze (3:12 PM, August 12, 2013)
nikon's auto focus during video shooting is shit, doesn't works well so it's not advantage
Rajkumar (5:34 AM, October 09, 2012)
go to the store. feel both. buy one you like. cannon or nikon is a personal choice. i personally prefer 550D. But the catch is no focus motors meaning for autofocus to work on the new lenses you buy - u have to make sure the lense has builtin motor
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:28 PM, July 03, 2012)
It will depend more on what lens you get. You can check out our sister site LensHero to find a good lens.
Premtimes18 (3:36 AM, June 29, 2012)
Can somebody tell me which one is good for normal and macro photography? 
Canon 550D or Nikon D3100
Masirvan (10:24 AM, April 11, 2012)
i love 550d by canon..
D3100 user (4:12 PM, April 09, 2012)
if you wanna go for video shooting, i do think that 550D is better (the quality and its external mic jack). But through some test done (not by me) D3100 is better..... 
Avatar for aftab aftab (6:55 AM, March 07, 2012)
go for Nikon D5100.
Rohan (6:13 AM, February 28, 2012)
The comparison says the 550D has a built in autofocus motor ...As far as i know...550D does not have a built in focus motor ....
Alice Swain (5:20 PM, February 27, 2012)
i want a new camera, but dont know which of these two to get! i mainly take videos of horses (and the occasional picture, but would love to take more if i had a good camera to do it with!). which camera would you think be better for me?
Sanjivcell (7:15 PM, February 21, 2012)
sanjeev arora
I think the nikon d 3100 is the winner and a better option. Because u have to see all fetures and price also.
murali (3:43 PM, February 17, 2012)
I'm going for rebel T2i. because, Nikon's image colours are completely washed out when compared to canon. Canon is slightly higher price than Nikon but its worth for money. One more advantage T2i is, its have an external microphone jack. I love canon.:)
Ben (3:08 PM, February 10, 2012)
Ben (3:02 PM, February 10, 2012)
go for the t2i 
Ben (2:59 PM, February 10, 2012)
t2i if I were you
Okko2 (4:11 AM, February 04, 2012)
i want to buy a new photographer's cam and im so confused which one is better?
Magesh (5:54 PM, February 03, 2012)
guys , Just give me a suggestion to buy canon 550d or nikon d3100 
Vishwanath (2:24 PM, January 17, 2012)
I'm just an amateur photographer, still confused weather to go for NIKON D3100 or CANON 550D, but canon has more features than nikon, and has an ISO upgreadable to 12800, and my budget is around 50K.

So will anyone suggest me about this????
Avatar for Hatem Hatem (3:29 AM, January 01, 2012)
Well presented comparaison bravo !
Avatar for keerthi keerthi (9:41 AM, December 30, 2011)
Hi Evryone..
                     I seriouly need an important suggestion as iam greatly confused by so many reviews over the internet.Basically my situation is we are going to have a baby due in march so i want to take the best pictures which would cherish lifelong and i shortlisted Nikon d3100 or Canon eos 550d within my budget but im not sure which one to choose, I want the best image quality and crisp and sharpness of image and which lenses to prefer .Please please i need all ur best suggestions on which camera to buy for best quality images for baby and children..Thanx a lott in advance.

Note: I not bothered about video quality as i already purchased my camcorder.
N Raptored90 (10:49 PM, November 28, 2011)
i compared my nikon d3100 with the canon 600d ......canon seemed to beat nikon in color and clarity and image quality and light distribution tooo......
N Raptored90 (10:47 PM, November 28, 2011)
juzz love my nikon d3100!!
N Raptored90 (10:45 PM, November 28, 2011)
i compared my nikon d3100 to canon 660d .....canon seems to beat the image quality than my nikon......so shd i  switch to canon??
Karix_v (4:53 AM, November 23, 2011)
up to now i'm still confused... i love the picture quality of nikon d3100 but some says canon 550d is also good..