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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size Significantly smaller 127x94x65 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.6" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2500 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Better image quality 67.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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
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 $279.95 vs $1,000.00
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The best price we've seen is $720 cheaper (3.6x 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 Slightly 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 556 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XTi:197 lenses
              D3100:205 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              Rebel XTi:127x94x65 mm
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              Rebel XTi:2.6"
              D3100:2.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Rebel XTi:None
              D3100:12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XTi:10.1 MP
              D3100:14.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XTi:1,600 ISO
              D3100:3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XTi:0.49x
              D3100:0.51x
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XTi:11 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              Rebel XTi:None
              D3100:Contrast detection
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XTi:None
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XTi:62.0
              D3100:67.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 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

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 - $700 body only

              $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 body only

              $546 - $779 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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 body only

              $343 - $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $780 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

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

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $585 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
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