Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Olympus E-600

Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Olympus E-600

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Olympus E-600

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-600

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 130x94x60 mm
 
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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 541 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 67.0 vs 55.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.51x vs 0.48x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Lowest price Much cheaper $272.49 vs $895.00
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The best price we've seen is $623 cheaper (3.3x less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size Significantly smaller 130x94x60 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              E-600:130x94x60 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3100:505 g
              E-600:515 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D3100:12,800 ISO
              E-600:None
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3100:14.2 MP
              E-600:12.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3100:3 fps
              E-600:4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3100:0.51x
              E-600:0.48x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D3100:11.3 EV
              E-600:10.3 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps
              E-600:None
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D3100:67.0
              E-600:55.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3100:919 ISO
              E-600:541 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $390 body only

              $399 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $400 body only

              $458 - $669 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 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 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

              $715 body only

              $988 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $674 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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive

              Olympus E-600 Competitors

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              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus E-30

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 body only

              $1,500 with 12-60mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Size Much larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus E-410

              Olympus E-410

              Entry-level DSLR

              $379 with 14-42mm lens

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus E-520

              Olympus E-520

              Entry-level DSLR

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth

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