Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

72

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Canon Rebel T4i

58

Canon Rebel T4i

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T4i

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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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T4i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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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
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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 Cheaper $436.95 vs $650.00
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The best price we've seen is $213 cheaper (more than 30% 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T4i:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T4i:269 ms
              D5100:273 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T4i:0.53x
              D5100:0.51x
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T4i:9
              D5100:11
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T4i:5 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T4i.

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5100.

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              miguel_cv (10:51 PM, May 12, 2013)
              Nikon d5100 is an older model than canon t4i. i have one d5100 and i´m very happy with it, the quality of images is excellent i have taken many photos in low-light conditions and its performance is amazing.Fully recommend this camera for the price.
               
              Kushagra (4:54 PM, April 08, 2013)
              I too have both and Canon is great, D5100 ok camera i will say
               
              Good Deal Man (10:06 PM, January 25, 2013)
              Well could be just a defective one you have. Sometimes its good to make sure its not a lemon and is the model lineup. in anycase, after reading the specs, I am happy I have the 5100 :)
               
              Brittany (7:32 PM, January 16, 2013)
              I currently have BOTH of these cameras and in my opinion the Canon is a MUCH better camera. The image quality is much better on the Canon. My Nikon D5100 has also had problems with the shutter release and is currently in for repairs. I'll take the Canon T4I any day!