Updated (January 2014): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200 vs Canon Rebel T1i

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
159 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Size
Smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 125×96×77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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 D3200

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T1i does so at a lower frame rate
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$299.95 vs $825.00
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The best price we've seen is $525 cheaper (2.8x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Slightly lighter
505 g vs 520 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T1i300 ms
              D3200400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T1i197 lenses
              D3200205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T1i3,200 ISO
              D32006,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T1i3.4 fps
              D32004 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T1i9
              D320011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T1i0.54x
              D32000.52x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T1i1080p @ 20fps
              D32001080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $360 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3200.

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