Updated (October 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200 vs Canon Rebel T4i

Winner
Nikon D5200

79

Canon Rebel T4i

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

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

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 D5200 or Canon T4i

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T4i.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.

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 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
269 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
84.0 vs 62.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.2 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 T4i does so at a lower frame rate
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
129×98×78 mm vs 133×100×79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$405.00 vs $615.00
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The best price we've seen is $210 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 575 g
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Almost the same
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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
              D5200230 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%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T4i269 ms
              D5200302 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T4i12,800 ISO
              D52006,400 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T4i0.53x
              D52000.51x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T4i440 shots
              D5200500 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              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
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $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 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

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

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              kulamet (2:06 AM, April 05, 2013)
              yes! go for nikon D5200!