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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
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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Size
Smaller
127×97×79 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 440 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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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
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              D510016.1 MP
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3i283 ms
              D5100273 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              T3i1500 ms
              D5100500 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              D51004 fps
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3i9
              D510011
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i0.53x
              D51000.51x
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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