Canon EOS 550D vs. Nikon D3100 vs. Canon EOS 1100D

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3 cameras compared
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Feb 8, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Feb 7, 2011
 
Compact SLR
Compact SLR
Compact SLR
 
5184 x 3456
4608 x 3072
4272 x 2848
3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
3456 x 2304, 2304 x 1536
3088 x 2056, 2256 x 1504, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
3:2
3:2
3:2
18 megapixels
14 megapixels
12 megapixels
19 megapixels
15 megapixels
13 megapixels
APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
APS-C (23.1 x 15.4 mm)
APS-C (22.2 x 14.8 mm)
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Digic 4
Expeed 2
Digic 4
 
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (with boost)
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (12800 with boost)
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
12800
12800
 
6
12
6
Yes
Yes (1)
Yes
No
No
No
RAW
RAW
RAW
Fine, Normal
Fine, Normal, Basic
Fine, Normal
 
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
9
11
9
Canon EF/EF-S
Nikon F
Canon EF/EF-S
1.6×
1.5×
1.6×
 
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
3
3
2.7
1,040,000
230,000
230,000
No
No
No
TFT color liquid-crystal LCD
TFT LCD monitor
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optical (pentamirror)
Optical (pentamirror)
Optical (pentamirror)
95%
95%
95%
0.87× (0.54× 35mm equiv.)
0.8× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
0.8× (0.5× 35mm equiv.)
 
30 sec
30 sec
30 sec
1/4000 sec
1/4000 sec
1/4000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
13.00 m
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
9.20 m
Yes (Hot-shoe, E-TTL II)
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Yes (Hot-shoe, E-TTL II)
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
3.7 fps
3.0 fps
3.0 fps
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Yes
Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Partial
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
 
±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
No
Yes (3 images at -/+ 3 steps)
 
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
1280 x 720 (29.97, 25 fps)
H.264
MPEG-4
H.264, Motion JPEG
Stereo
Mono
Stereo
 
None
 
 
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
None
None
None
 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Yes (HDMI mini)
Yes (Mini Type C)
Yes (HDMI mini)
Eye-Fi Connected
Eye-Fi Connected
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
Yes (Optional)
Yes (E3 connector)
 
No
No
No
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
 
 
700
530 g (1.17 lb / 18.70 oz)
505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)
495 g (1.09 lb / 17.46 oz)
129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.08 x 3.86 x 2.44)
124 x 96 x 75 mm (4.88 x 3.78 x 2.95)
130 x 100 x 78 mm (5.12 x 3.94 x 3.07)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (by USB cable and PC)
 
Yes (by USB cable and PC)
None
Optional
None
 
GP-1