Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D3100

Canon Rebel T1i

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution 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 663 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The T1i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 262 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 15.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 50% more detail in your photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T1i's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T1i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
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
Lowest price Cheaper $548.00 vs $699.90
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The best price we've seen is $152 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Weight Slightly lighter 485 g vs 520 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Very small Help
              T1i:129x98x62 mm
              D3000:126x97x64 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T1i:197 lenses
              D3000:205 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              T1i:2.4"
              D3000:2.5"
              Weight Light weight Help
              T1i:520 g
              D3000:485 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T1i:12,800 ISO
              D3000:3,200 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
              T1i:3.4 fps
              D3000:3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T1i:15.1 MP
              D3000:10 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T1i:3,200 ISO
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T1i:11.5 EV
              D3000:11.1 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T1i:9
              D3000:11
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T1i:1080p @ 20fps
              D3000:None
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T1i:0.54x
              D3000:0.52x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T1i:63.0
              D3000:62.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T1i:663 ISO
              D3000:563 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T1i:21.7 bits
              D3000:22.3 bits

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Much larger

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $569 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger

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              John C. (4:07 PM, September 24, 2011)
              I have had my t1i for over two years now, and it never ceases to amaze me what this camera can do.  From shooting in low light all the way to a fast action sport event.  This camera has never failed me.  I guess the only thing I wish this camera had (which has now been included in newer models) is the ability to auto focus while shooting video.  Otherwise I'm completely happy.