Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

72

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Canon EOS 1100D

47

Canon EOS 1100D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1100D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
100 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
110 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 1100D

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
110 ms vs 273 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
100 ms vs 500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
700 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 560 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$378.00 vs $449.95
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The best price we've seen is $72 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              1100D:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1100D:100 ms
              D5100:500 ms
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              1100D:$449.95
              D5100:$378.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1100D:3 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1100D:12.2 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              1100D:0.54x
              D5100:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              1100D:9
              D5100:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5100.

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              TomS (11:50 PM, December 27, 2013)
              Are you dummie, dude?! It's said that image quality is much better in Nikon D5100 than Canon 1100D (80 vs 62) And it's logical because of the sensor's size of Nikon D5100
               
              Avatar for billy billy (9:50 PM, March 03, 2013)
              yes you should it will give you tons of features for $500 !!
               
              Avatar for xD xD (0:07 PM, September 23, 2012)
              1100D image quality is better than 5100. but d5100 body and video quality better than 1100D !
               
              Nicholas (9:30 AM, August 04, 2012)
              I currently use my dad's 1100D. My main interest in photography is portraits, nature shots and close ups. I really want to buy my own DSLR and I'm considering a Nikon. I'm on a budget and can't spend over $650 and want the best value for my money. Should I buy the D5100? Will there be much difference in terms of image quality?