Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3100 vs 600D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3100
8.8
EOS 600D
8.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3100
6.5
EOS 600D
6.5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3100
8.3
EOS 600D
7.9
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3100
9.2
EOS 600D
9.1
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 5 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3100
8.7
EOS 600D
8.6

Winner
Nikon D3100 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D3100  based on its image quality, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D3100 vs EOS 600D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D3100
919 ISO
EOS 600D
793 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D3100
2,400 LPH
EOS 600D
2,500 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3100
279 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3100
117 ms
EOS 600D
87 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3100
400 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3100
3 fps
EOS 600D
3.7 fps

Features Key features of the D3100  vs EOS 600D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D3100
14.2 MP
EOS 600D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D3100
12,800 ISO
EOS 600D
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

D3100
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D3100
0.51x
EOS 600D
0.53x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

D3100
25.1 microns
EOS 600D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D3100  vs EOS 600D 

7.2
7.7
Overall the video shooting isn't as seamlessly integrated as it is on the 7D - you still have to select a separate mode to engage video shooting for one thing.
EOS 600D

9.0
9.0
The Nikon D3100 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
D3100

9.0
8.0
Remarkably, at ISO3200 only the sharpest pair of eyes would notice any difference between this and the previous two ISO settings.
D3100

9.0
8.0
Even so, the LCD looks fairly accurate in terms of brightness, contrast and colour balance, and that's what is most important.
D3100

7.4
7.8
Ironically, this design is more suited to pros who plan to use the camera as a cheap video dSLR and never take it off the video setting than to the consumers at whom it's ostensibly targeted.
EOS 600D

Overall

8.5 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D3100  vs
EOS 600D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 14.2 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3072 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.1 x 15.4 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 25.1 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH 2,500 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH 2,500 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 1 1
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 124.5 x 96.5 x 73.7 mm 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
Thickness 73.7 mm 79.7 mm
Weight 505 g 570 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

D3100  vs
EOS 600D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Manual
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.8x 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.51x 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 3.7 fps
Battery life 550 440
Continuous shooting
3.7 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 279 ms 283 ms
Shutter lag 117 ms 87 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 1,500 ms
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