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
Lowest price Much cheaper $269.99 vs $714.86
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The best price we've seen is $445 cheaper (2.6x less)
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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              similarities

              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

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 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 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 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 T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $950 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $485 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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