Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon D3100

Canon Rebel T2i

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x 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 784 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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 400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 252 ms vs 262 ms
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
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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
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $249.00 vs $639.00
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The best price we've seen is $390 cheaper (2.6x 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
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Very small Help
              T2i:129x98x62 mm
              D3000:126x97x64 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T2i:197 lenses
              D3000:205 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              T2i:2.4"
              D3000:2.5"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T2i:12,800 ISO
              D3000:3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i:3.7 fps
              D3000:3 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i:6,400 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
              T2i:11.5 EV
              D3000:11.1 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T2i:9
              D3000:11
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T2i:0.54x
              D3000:0.52x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T2i:66.0
              D3000:62.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T2i:784 ISO
              D3000:563 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T2i:1080p @ 30fps
              D3000:None
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T2i:22.1 bits
              D3000:22.3 bits

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $680 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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

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