Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
164 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XS

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 164 ms vs 279 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size Smaller 126x98x65 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.6" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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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
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 719 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality Better image quality 67.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.51x vs 0.50x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 550 shots vs 500 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        Rebel XS:300 ms
        D3100:400 ms
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        Rebel XS:197 lenses
        D3100:205 lenses
        Size Fairly small Help
        Rebel XS:126x98x65 mm
        D3100:124x96x73 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        Rebel XS:502 g
        D3100:505 g
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        Rebel XS:None
        D3100:12,800 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        Rebel XS:10.1 MP
        D3100:14.2 MP
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        Rebel XS:1,600 ISO
        D3100:3,200 ISO
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        Rebel XS:0.50x
        D3100:0.51x
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        Rebel XS:10.9 EV
        D3100:11.3 EV
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        Rebel XS:None
        D3100:1080p @ 24fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        Rebel XS:62.0
        D3100:67.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        Rebel XS:719 ISO
        D3100:919 ISO

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        competitors

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        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $415 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $549 - $699 body only

        $399 - $816 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $418 body only

        $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $469 body only

        $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,000 body only

        $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Color depth Better color depth
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Live view No live view

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $792 body only

        $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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