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

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 650D

Winner
Nikon D5100

71

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
13.6 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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 D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$417 body only

$350 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$317 body only

$447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$449 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag More shutter lag

Canon EOS 650D Competitors

Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$505 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Faster video autofocus
Lowest price Much cheaper
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$379 body only

Color depth Better color depth
Lowest price Much cheaper
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$702 body only

$1,101 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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