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

Nikon D3100 vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Winner
Nikon D3100

54

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.6"
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

galleries

Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XTi

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Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
200 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.6" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
127x94x65 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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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
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2500 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$259.00 vs $999.95
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The best price we've seen is $741 cheaper (3.9x less)
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
Larger viewfinder
0.51x vs 0.49x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 556 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XTi197 lenses
              D3100205 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              Rebel XTi127x94x65 mm
              D3100124x96x73 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Rebel XTiNone
              D310012,800 ISO
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XTi10.1 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XTi1,600 ISO
              D31003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XTi11 EV
              D310011.3 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XTi0.49x
              D31000.51x
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XTiNone
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XTi62.0
              D310067.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XTi664 ISO
              D3100919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 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 slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 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

              $325 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $717 body only

              $1,031 with 55-300mm 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
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price More expensive

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