Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

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 Nikon D3000

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Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Size Significantly smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 262 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.51x
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.00 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $31 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality Better image quality 67.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Slightly lighter 505 g vs 536 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              D3000:126x97x64 mm
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              Lowest price Very inexpensive Help
              D3000:$249.00
              D3100:$279.95
              Thickness Thin Help
              D3000:2.5"
              D3100:2.9"
              Lens focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D3000:3,200 ISO
              D3100:12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3000:10 MP
              D3100:14.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              D3100:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D3000:11.1 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3000:262 ms
              D3100:279 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3000:0.52x
              D3100:0.51x
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D3000:None
              D3100:Contrast detection
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3000:None
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D3000:62.0
              D3100:67.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $285 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $530 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $700 body only

              $830 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 body only

              $546 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $425 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3100.

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              Avatar for Omer Irfan Omer Irfan (4:08 PM, August 29, 2013)
              D3000 is good ..
               
              Avatar for Ahmed Mamdouh Ahmed Mamdouh (8:50 AM, December 22, 2012)
              hi .. i m ahmed
              its my first time to get a DSLR camera .. and i wanna choose one of them
              my use for camera just for personal use ... i am not a professional photographer
              so may u advice me which to buy D3100 or D3000 or a ordinary digital camera ??