Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 1100D

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Canon EOS 1100D

67

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

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
110 ms shutter lag
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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 D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30

Waterproof

$430

Image stabilization Image stabilization
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$369 body only

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

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$424 body only

$530 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$535 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay

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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?