Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 1100D

Winner
Nikon D5100

71

Canon EOS 1100D

47

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 1100D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$399 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 body only

$440 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag More shutter lag

Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$379 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$555 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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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?