Updated (October 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100 vs Canon Rebel T4i

Winner
Nikon D5100

69

Canon Rebel T4i

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 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

Items often bought with the Nikon D5100 or Canon T4i

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T4i.
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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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Cross type focus points
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
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T4i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops 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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2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
127×97×79 mm vs 133×100×79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$368.00 vs $615.00
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The best price we've seen is $247 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 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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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
              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
              T4i220 lenses
              D5100230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              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%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T4i17.9 MP
              D510016.1 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T4i269 ms
              D5100273 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T4i9
              D510011
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T4i12,800 ISO
              D51006,400 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T4i0.53x
              D51000.51x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly larger
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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!