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

Canon Rebel T1i vs Nikon D3100

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

100

Nikon D3100

99

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thin
Thickness
2.4"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Screen size
Large screen
3"

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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$399 - $420 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i

Entry-level DSLR

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$626 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Weight Lighter
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$399 - $420 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Size Larger
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$403 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Size Slightly larger
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$649 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Larger

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!