EOS 550D vs D3100


Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D3100

Canon EOS
550D

vs

Nikon
D3100

differences

Reasons to consider the Canon 550D

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0,54x vs 0,51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
True resolution Significantly higher resolution 17.9 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Around 30% higher resolution
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 3,200 ISO
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The 550D’s maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Dynamic range Slightly more dynamic range 11,5 EV vs 11,3 EV
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0,2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 2,4″ vs 2,9″
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Around 20% thinner
Canon EOS 550D Learn more about
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Reasons to consider the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus Continuously focuses recording movies Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0,2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1×15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3×14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 22,5 bits vs 22,1 bits
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Distinguishes more than 30% more colors
Lowest price Much cheaper 1 090 kr vs 6 142 kr
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The best price we’ve seen is 5 052 kr cheaper (more than 5.5x less)
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 67.0 vs 66.0
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Almost the same
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 169 lenses vs 162 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 530 g
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Almost the same
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the Nikon D3100
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recommendations

Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

Canon EOS 550D Canon EOS 550D
72 vs 66
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Nikon D3100 Nikon D3100
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similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
550D: 1080p @ 30fps
D3100: 1080p @ 24fps
Screen size Large screens Help
3,0″
Lens availability Many lenses available Help
550D: 162 lenses
D3100: 169 lenses
Size Fairly small Help
550D: 129x98x62 mm
D3100: 124x96x73 mm
Supports 24p 24p support Help
For that film look
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Weight Light weight Help
550D: 530 g
D3100: 505 g
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
1
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
550D: 11,5 EV
D3100: 11,3 EV

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

7 349 kr – 7 549 kr body only

8 049 kr with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000

Entry-level DSLR

4 703 kr – 5 214 kr body only

5 783 kr – 6 229 kr with 18-105mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 500D

Canon EOS 500D

Entry-level DSLR

5 349 kr – 5 569 kr body only

5 598 kr – 6 090 kr with 18-55mm lens

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Supports 24p Doesn’t record movies in 24p
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

6 390 kr – 6 688 kr body only

11 975 kr – 13 044 kr with 18-200mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

4 549 kr – 4 654 kr body only

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Weight Is slightly lighter
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 450D

Canon EOS 450D

Entry-level DSLR

6 520 kr body only

7 620 kr with 18-55mm lens

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Lowest price Is much more expensive
True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

9 713 kr – 10 348 kr body only

14 848 kr – 15 589 kr with 16-85mm lens

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

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D

Pro DSLR

10 619 kr – 12 178 kr body only

13 069 kr – 13 664 kr with 17-85mm lens

Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Movie format Does not take movies
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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

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  • Amateur 1 month ago
    I am a newbie and wants to buy a camera for helping me take Landscape & night photographs more. Which would be the better choice?

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