Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D5200

80

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Canon EOS 600D

58

Canon EOS 600D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,284 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
84.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
283 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
84.0 vs 65.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 600D does so at a lower frame rate
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
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
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 1500 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Focus points
Many more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$496.95 vs $979.00
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The best price we've seen is $482 cheaper (around 50% less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5200's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Size
Smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 570 g
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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Canon EOS 600D Canon EOS 600D 58
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D:197 lenses
              D5200:205 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              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%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D:283 ms
              D5200:302 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D:0.53x
              D5200:0.51x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D:3.7 fps
              D5200:5 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              600D:440 shots
              D5200:500 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $753 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

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              EOS 600D
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              Avatar for Manik Shah Manik Shah (0:50 PM, August 01, 2013)
              canon 60d have 9 fp...n they all are cross type.....
               
              tongot (4:42 PM, March 21, 2013)
              Snapsort, how many cross focus points are acually in 60d? Here says 1 but when compared to 600d, it was 9 ?