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

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 650D

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS 650D

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
9
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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
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
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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
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 440 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Size
Smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$354.09 vs $682.67
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The best price we've seen is $329 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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              650D197 lenses
              D5100205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              650D17.9 MP
              D510016.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              650D9
              D510011
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              650D269 ms
              D5100273 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              650D12,800 ISO
              D51006,400 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D0.53x
              D51000.51x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $289 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 - $561 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $850 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 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
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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