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

Canon Rebel T1i

Winner
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

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$367.39 vs $890.01
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The best price we've seen is $523 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
485 g vs 520 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T1i:9
              D3000:11
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T1i:1080p @ 20fps
              D3000:None
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T1i:0.54x
              D3000:0.52x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T1i:11.5 EV
              D3000:11.1 EV
              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

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $380 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $341 body only

              $385 - $410 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 T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $549 - $620 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $855 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $700 body only

              $589 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Much larger

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3000.

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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.