Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3100 vs 650D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3100
8.8
EOS 650D
8.4
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3100
6.5
EOS 650D
7.1
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3100
8.3
EOS 650D
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3100
9.2
EOS 650D
9.2
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 650D
8.6

Winner
Nikon D3100 

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

See full details

Benchmarks Real world tests of D3100 vs EOS 650D

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

D3100
919 ISO
EOS 650D
722 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D3100
2,400 LPH
EOS 650D
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3100
279 ms
EOS 650D
269 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3100
117 ms
EOS 650D
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3100
400 ms
EOS 650D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3100
3 fps
EOS 650D
5 fps

Features Key features of the D3100  vs EOS 650D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D3100
14.2 MP
EOS 650D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D3100
12,800 ISO
EOS 650D
25,600 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 650D
0.53x

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

D3100
25.1 microns
EOS 650D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D3100  vs EOS 650D 

7.2
7.7
For users moving up from compact cameras, the 650D offers a very significant increase in image quality and a comfortable to hold camera wrapped in an interface that accommodates both touchscreen and external control operation.
EOS 650D

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
9.0
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
The control layout on the back remains essentially unchanged, but Canon tweaked the design on the menu and info buttons for the better; they're slighly easier to feel now.
EOS 650D

Overall

8.5 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D3100  vs
EOS 650D 
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 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

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

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 99.8 x 78.8 mm
Thickness 73.7 mm 78.8 mm
Weight 505 g 575 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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

video

D3100  vs
EOS 650D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
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 5 fps
Battery life 550 440
Continuous shooting
5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, JPEG, 22 shots
5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, RAW, 6 shots
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 279 ms 269 ms
Shutter lag 117 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 700 ms
Nikon D3100
Report a correction
Canon EOS 650D
Report a correction

Comments

comments powered by Disqus