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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Lowest price
Cheaper
$425.27 vs $566.94
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The best price we've seen is $142 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Movie format
Higher 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
Focus points
Many more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
129×98×78 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D283 ms
              D5200302 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              600D1500 ms
              D5200500 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Size Large Help
              600D133×100×80 mm
              D5200129×98×78 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              600D440 shots
              D5200500 shots
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D0.53x
              D52000.51x
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D3.7 fps
              D52005 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              D520024 MP
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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              Canon EOS 600D
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