Updated (October 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200 vs Canon Rebel T5i

Winner
Nikon D5200

79

Canon Rebel T5i

60

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 T5i

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 T5i

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T5i.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T5i

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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
264 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 T5i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$259.00 vs $405.00
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The best price we've seen is $146 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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 681 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
84.0 vs 61.0
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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 T5i 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
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 580 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
              T5i220 lenses
              D5200230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T5i$259.00
              D5200$405.00
              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
              T5i264 ms
              D5200302 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T5i12,800 ISO
              D52006,400 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T5i0.53x
              D52000.51x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T5i440 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

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 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 EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $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 significantly more expensive

              Canon Rebel T5i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T5i.

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              tpr (5:29 PM, January 20, 2014)
              There are normal and RGB histogram views on the D5200. Just press the up arrow when reviewing a picture to cycle through the views. Make sure the histogram views are enabled in the 'playback display options' in the 'playback menu'. There isn't a depth of field preview button, but there is no need for that with a digital camera because you can just take a shot and look it on the display immediately.
               
              billnourse (1:09 PM, December 26, 2013)
              My wife got a t5i and my daughter got a Nikon D5200 for Christmas. After playing with them both, I can't understand the much lower rating for the Canon. I can't tell a lot of difference in image quality between the two, even at 100%. If the Nikon has an Historigram and depth of field preview I can't find it, and the ease of use, for me at least, clearly goes to the Canon.
               
              &d (10:30 PM, August 09, 2013)
              Best Buy* The Nikon doesn't have lens yet with silent auto focus
               
              &d (10:29 PM, August 09, 2013)
              True just came from best by to check that out
               
              MarCosmik (4:10 PM, April 12, 2013)
              I would like to know, wich is better for taking video, I heard that canon can autofocus silently and Nokon no? isit true? because thats a great issue and its not specified!