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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 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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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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Lowest price Cheaper $519.99 vs $646.95
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The best price we've seen is $127 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Low light performance Significantly 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 500 ms vs 1500 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
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
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 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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              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
              D5200:205 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D:283 ms
              D5200:302 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
              D5200:Contrast detection
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              600D:440 shots
              D5200:500 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $540 - $562 body only

              $578 - $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 600D Competitors

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              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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              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 ?