Updated (August 2010): Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T1i vs Nikon D3100

Canon Rebel T1i vs Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

Color depth Better color depth
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies
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Canon Rebel T2i

Entry-level DSLR

Color depth Better color depth
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
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Canon Rebel SL1

Entry-level DSLR

$599 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

Nikon D3100 Competitors

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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$675 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Thickness Thicker
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Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$495 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
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Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

Startup delay Less startup delay
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Movie format Lower resolution movies

discussion

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Anastasia (5:54 AM, April 01, 2011)
Yes, the Nikon has a smaller variety of lenses, but it is more user friendly and easier to get a hang of. I think over all the nikon is an easier camera to operate, but they are both great cameras .
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:23 PM, February 03, 2011)
Hi Jen, yes they're both great choices. The Nikon D3100 won't autofocus with some autofocus lenses, but there are still many lenses available to choose from. Check out our sister site LensHero.com, for example you can browse all Nikon D3100 lenses that will autofocus or browse all lenses for the Canon T1i.
 
Jen (11:31 PM, February 02, 2011)
Looking to purchase an entry level DSLR. I have read a lot of discussions regarding Canon's T1i vs the Nikon d3100. I am not very concerned with video quality, more interested in ease of use and future lens options. I like the sound of Nikon's guide mode, but it seems Canon might be the winner as far as lens varieties. I'm guessing they are both lovely choices!