Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 700D vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS 650D

58

Canon EOS 650D

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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 650D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 650D

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 650D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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 722 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Battery life Longer battery life 660 shots vs 440 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $370.00 vs $719.99
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The best price we've seen is $350 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
Weight Slightly lighter 560 g vs 575 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
              650D:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              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
              650D:269 ms
              D5100:273 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D:0.53x
              D5100:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              650D:9
              D5100:11
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              650D:5 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              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

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,042 body only

              $1,253 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 650D.

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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

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              Avatar for Dennis de Jong Dennis de Jong (2:35 AM, June 03, 2013)
              perhaps people say the canon wins on video, but you MUST use an external mic, or else you will still hear the camera focus as I tried the 650. best is to use manual focus during video to have a smooth focus. the auto focus can't beat a proper video camera.
              for me, the 5100 is the winner due to better picture quality.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:42 PM, February 26, 2013)
              You can click the i button to learn more but: Snapsort uses benchmarks from DxOMark to rank cameras' image quality. DxOMark benchmark mosts cameras that shoot RAW which covers basically all DSLRs and a few high-end digicams. The overall score is an equally weighted blend of three other benchmarks: color depth, dynamic range and image quality at high iso.
               
              J (4:40 PM, February 26, 2013)
              I want to know that How image quality is being compared ?
               
              Avatar for Stefano Venneri Stefano Venneri (1:31 PM, October 17, 2012)
              With Hybrid CMOS Sensor and STM lens, Canon 650D wins on the video side.... but about Photos, D5100 with 16Mpx sony sensor (same of D7000) rocks!!
               
              steev (7:19 AM, August 24, 2012)
              nikon is best
               
              Vignesh Nadar (11:53 PM, July 28, 2012)
               Still D5100 will Rock!
               
              parveg (1:55 AM, June 11, 2012)
              canon 650D is gonna  kick nikon ass