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

Canon Rebel T2i vs Nikon D3000

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Nikon D3000

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Weight
Light-weight
485 g
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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
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
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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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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$367.39 vs $569.00
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The best price we've seen is $202 cheaper (around 40% less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
485 g vs 530 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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"
              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
              T2i: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
              T2i:3.7 fps
              D3000:3 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i:17.9 MP
              D3000:10 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T2i:9
              D3000:11
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T2i:11.5 EV
              D3000:11.1 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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 - $539 body only

              $529 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $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 slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $237 body only

              $375 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

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $560 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 body only

              $902 with 55-300mm 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $719 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $908 body only

              $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

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

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