Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 600D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 500 ms vs 1500 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 660 shots vs 440 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 273 ms vs 283 ms
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $449.00 vs $609.00
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The best price we've seen is $160 cheaper (around 30% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              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
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D:3.7 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D:283 ms
              D5100:273 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              600D:None
              D5100:Contrast detection
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D:0.53x
              D5100:0.51x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              600D:9
              D5100:11
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $634 - $750 body only

              $813 - $907 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $515 - $562 body only

              $531 - $703 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $435 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 650D

              Canon EOS 650D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $784 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 600D.

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              Erick (7:46 PM, December 17, 2013)
              Nikon CMOS sensors produces better color accuracy than Canon.. it means Canon produces images w/ more saturated colors than Nikon and it looks better sometimes.. but if your are a big fan of natural color ( or should I say color that has nearly close to what our bare eyes is seeing) then go for Nikon..
               
              Avatar for Kuldeep Sharma Kuldeep Sharma (11:25 AM, October 22, 2013)
              Hey Harun, I am trying to get the Copyright info on the pictures. I have a Canon 600D. Though I have entered the info in the Camera Menu, but its not coming on pic, when I view the pics on my laptop...can you pls help...
              can you write to me on advocatekuldeep@gmail.com
               
              pat (5:25 PM, October 20, 2013)
              does the nikon d5100 have an af motor?
               
              look or quality? (11:22 PM, October 19, 2013)
              please! Nikon deliver far better quality. That is what matters when you hang photos on a wall. "overall Nikon is a better camera BUT..." ?? BUT? what do you mean with BUT? seriously. I mean who cares of build-quality better screens interfaces and movie modes and remote controlling functionality. Maybe Americans...
               
              Avatar for Harun Aftab Rashid Harun Aftab Rashid (5:20 AM, September 03, 2013)
              Get your facts right. canon have better lenses as compared to nikon. infact canons lenses are more than 10% cheaper than nikons with better image quality than nikon. There are no competitor of canon L USM lenses.
               
              Avatar for Harun Aftab Rashid Harun Aftab Rashid (5:12 AM, September 03, 2013)
              nop, canon is compatible to all third party lenses (with canon mount) and nikon is compatible to all third party lenses (with nikon mount).

              in wild life and birding section canon having superior and low priced lenses as compared to nikon.
               
              Avatar for Harun Aftab Rashid Harun Aftab Rashid (4:46 AM, September 03, 2013)
              I have canon T2i, canon 600d and D5100. i am practicing photography since 6 years.
              I have entered many national and international photographic competitions. my pictures taken with canon 600d are getting good responses and reviews as compared to nikon.
              If you have flickr account (globally leading photo sharing website), then go through the camera finder section. you will find more than 65% canon user there. IMO they are not fools to end up with canon.
              Attached herewith picture taken with canon T2i. pls go through exif details.
               
              Puuvilla (8:35 PM, July 21, 2013)
              Sickcunt, is video important or taking pictures with a dslr?! I personally prefer nikon's and i'm pretty sure overall quality of d5100 pwns the 600d. As the score says .. The rest doesn't matter, the final element matters..
               
              Dinosaursaur (7:56 AM, April 04, 2013)
              I personally chose the D5100. But before I bough it of course I checked some reviews and the very best thing I considered it are the lenses. I found better lenses from Nikon than Canon that for me a very big thing to consider. Since you won't buy only the camera but also it's system. But true I also like the 600D because it's bigger (looks more professional XD) and it has autofocus motor and larger camera strap. :P
               
              Sickcunt (10:08 AM, February 13, 2013)
              I agree,where are the 60fps of the canon vs the 30fps of the nikon in video?
               
              Beast (2:09 PM, January 30, 2013)
              If he is color blind he can't even be a photographer. Hahaha
               
              Hi (2:08 PM, January 30, 2013)
              Are you kidding me D7000 and D300s is a dx camera and they are able to use fx lens. And to be hornets with you I am using a D7000 and have 2fx lens and 1dx lens. Read more on photography before coming out and give your opinion.
               
              Beast (2:04 PM, January 30, 2013)
              The comparison is black and white cant you see? Are you color blind??? Hahahaha !!!!
               
              Avatar for Cathrine Cathrine (5:55 PM, January 29, 2013)
              The conclusion is canon 600D better or Nikon D5100 for the overall :) thanks
               
              Avatar for Melanie Melanie (7:17 AM, January 29, 2013)
              I have read all your comments but still confused which one to buy!! Actually i'm a beginner and i can't take my decision!! Please help! Which one should i choose as a beginner??
               
              BAGUS (11:06 AM, November 28, 2012)
              i love photograpy than vodeograpy ,, so, I choose Nikon d5100 for my first beginner camera ^.^
               
              Avatar for Him Rekhi Him Rekhi (11:43 AM, September 05, 2012)
              Sayed Mohamed is right ... there is no use for Nikon vs Canon wars. One should weigh all the pros & cons but at the end of day it is your personal preference that matters. I researched quite a bit & although 60% reviewers including snapsort put Nikon D5100 ahead of Canon 600D but when I tested them in store, to me Canon outperformed Nikon. (& fact of matter is that I went to store more inclined towards Nikon.)


              Factors which made me consider Canon over Nikon:


              1. Better Grip & feel. Believe it or not this is a big factor. If you don't like the grip or feel then chances are that you will not enjoy your DSLR no matter good it is. I personally found that Canon 600D had a better grip. Due to Nikon being smaller & uncomfortable to my hands I had a difficult time producing good shots from Nikon. But maybe to others Nikon might have better grip.


              2. The colors & contrast produced by Canon, IMHO, seemed better to my eyes till ISO 3200. I know what DP review & DXO marks says but I rather like to go by what my senses tell me. Nikon will have edge over Canon in handling chromatic aberrations, white balance but this something I don't care much about as I am not going professional, secondly quite a bit of things get sorted by better lens & better technique which I am yet to learn.


              3. I personally found its menu options more intuitive & easy to go around.


              You will see I never even mentioned videography because to be honest, I actually loved Nikon D5100 video features more & its a shame that Canon doesn't have them especially selective coloring applied in videos.


              So, my advice to all the would be DSLR purchasers is that go to the store & feel the product, have a demo, shoot some pics & videos & then make up your mind. You will not go wrong with either Canon 600D or Nikon D5100 because honestly quality difference is not as much as snapsort or DXO are making out to be.
               
              Sayed Mohamed (4:45 PM, September 03, 2012)
              Please do stop your nikon - canon war and note that not the equipment takes the photo, but the man behind it. Framing, Composition, Angle of view, Creativity
              and of course the knowledge in post processing makes a photo 'WOW'. Nowadays, differences among dslrs are minimal. So stop the brand war and try to snap good photo. However, I've one question to snapsort, that you mentioned Canon EOS 600D has built-in focus motor in your comparison. I think no Canon camera has built-in focus motor, but all their lenses have it. Please verify this.
               
              Allukaz (9:41 AM, July 03, 2012)
              Maybe this site could provide us one real life sample of each camera instead of mentioning score from the another site such as Dxo.
              I wonder where do those number came from because I've seen many result out of these two cameras, and they are near identical and USABLE even in high iso.
              So, when you give the recommendation for one camera to another, please proof your recommendation by real life sample NOT NUMBER.
              because in this case you give the nikon D5100 a significant margin, I REALLY WISH YOU COULD PROOF A SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS OF NIKON D5100 IN REAL LIFE PICTURE (WHICH SHOWS US THE DIFFERENT DEPTH OF COLOR, NOISE, IMAGE QUALITY ETC FROM NIKON D5100 AND CANON EOS 600D) THX :)
               
              Allukaz (9:27 AM, July 03, 2012)
              So, you never test the camera itself and just copy another from Dxo or something else?
               
              Vivienne Gould (6:26 PM, June 15, 2012)
              I am sick of reading that the canon eos 600d has an in body af motor - it doesn't!  I rang Canon this morning and was told that none of the newer models has an af motor in the body - if you want autofocus you have to have a lens with a motor.
               
              Tariqsaon (4:46 AM, June 13, 2012)
              NO one talked about noise in the picture... Definitely Canon has a Stronger Noise cancellation algorithm then Nikon... Its true.. Also better Movie... in the Day light.. For Out door Shoot in Daylight Canon is BEst... But for Indoor shoot in Low light, Nikon can be a good option..
               
              Paul (4:17 PM, June 02, 2012)
              If you're into movies, Canon is the winner by far , permitting full manual operation, shutter speed, aperture, all as you're filming. Plus the Canon has the advantage of additional software ( MagicLantern) which gives you lots of cool features. In regards to image quality nikon has the advantage but there's not a big difference in real life practice. For me, the fact than Nikon lacked the movie control was a deal breaker. 
              Best regards!
               
              Theredrider78 (0:36 PM, May 23, 2012)
              Actually, I'd imagine I could tell the difference.  I've owned both 550D and D5100 and from personal experience the Nikon is far and away superior!  As I said, Canon is almost unusable at anything over 400 iso.
               
              Davidchung (11:38 AM, May 20, 2012)
              Nikon d5100 is a good camera