Canon T3 (1100D) vs Nikon D3100

by Enche Tjin on March 31, 2011

Canon T3 and Nikon D3100 is the entry level DSLR camera in 2011. Both cameras are selling at the same price (around $599 with kit lens). Both cameras are intended for beginners or people who do not use DSLR camera before, so both cameras are beginner-friendly, small and lightweight.


Like most of DSLR cameras today, both cameras are able to record video clip. They don’t have many differences.

So what are their differences?

Canon T3 advantages

  • Canon T3 has built-in auto focus motor, so it is compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses
  • Canon user interface especially Quick button and dedicated iso and wb are great
  • Color choice (Black, red, white)

Nikon D3100 advantages

  • nikon-D3100Better image quality especially in low light situation (high ISO)
  • Higher video resolution (1080 vs 720p)
  • Slightly bigger LCD screen

Overall, If you concern about image and video quality, then Nikon D3100 is the winner. But if you are looking for a camera that has plenty of dedicated buttons so you can change settings in a breeze, then Canon T3 is the better choice. My other concern about D3100 is that it does not has built-in AF motor, so auto focus will only work when you mount Nikon AF-S lenses (not AF-D or AF lenses). Usually AF-S lenses are more expensive.

Features Canon T3 Nikon D3100
Image 12 MP 14 MP
Auto Focus 9 AF points 11 AF points
Video 720p FULL HD 1080p
LCD Screen 2.7″ 230k 3″ 230k
Size and weight 5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.

(130 x 100 x 78 mm)

17.5 oz (495 g) body only

4.9 x 3.3 x 2.9 in.

(124 x 84 x 74 mm) 777 g with battery and kit lens

ISO up to 6400, recommended up to 1600 up to 12800, recommended up to 1600
Build Quality Plastic Plastic
Continuous shooting 3 fps 2.89 fps
Price $599 $599

Top: Canon T3, Bottom: Nikon D3100

Top: Canon T3, Bottom: Nikon D3100

Top: Canon T3, Bottom: Nikon D3100

Top: Canon T3, Bottom: Nikon D3100

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