Updated (March 2015): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Nikon D7200

Nikon D7100 vs Canon Rebel SL1

Winner
Nikon D7100

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Canon Rebel SL1

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
83.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.7 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.7"
Weight
Light-weight
407 g

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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
117×91×69 mm vs 136×107×76 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
407 g vs 675 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SL1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.7" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$399.00 vs $725.00
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The best price we've seen is $326 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
83.0 vs 63.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 843 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format
Higher 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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 380 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.54x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
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
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
251 ms vs 264 ms
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Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              SL1220 lenses
              D7100230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SL112,800 ISO
              D71006,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1264 ms
              D7100251 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $582 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 - $747 body only

              $709 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $407 - $497 body only

              $489 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $960 - $1,197 body only

              $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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