Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 650D

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Canon EOS 650D

82

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
13.6 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 650D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30

Waterproof

$430

Image stabilization Image stabilization
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

Canon EOS 650D Competitors

Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$558 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$424 body only

$530 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Cheaper
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$318 - $699 body only

$350 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

discussion

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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