Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

80

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Canon Rebel SL1

60

Canon Rebel SL1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.7"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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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
Size Much smaller 117x91x69 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 264 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Much thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SL1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Significantly lighter 407 g vs 555 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 84.0 vs 63.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 843 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but SL1 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
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points Significantly 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
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              SL1:197 lenses
              D5200:205 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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1:264 ms
              D5200:302 ms
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL1:0.54x
              D5200:0.51x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL1:4 fps
              D5200:5 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel SL1.

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $900 - $997 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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              discussion

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              Frank (11:07 PM, August 06, 2013)
              According to the Canon manual, the SL1 does have HDR - page 78: Shooting Backlit Scenes (?)