Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon Coolpix 5200

Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon Coolpix 5200

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 5200

Size
Really small
Compact (88×60×37 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
180 g

Items often bought with the Canon T3i or Nikon 5200

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i.
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 1.5"
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2x larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 110k dots
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Around 9.5x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 3.5x more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 8 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon 5200

Size
Significantly smaller
88×60×37 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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5.4x smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
180 g vs 570 g
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3.2x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.2x thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T3iPentamirror
              5200Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              52002.5 fps

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $670 body only

              $615 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon Coolpix 5200 Competitors

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              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $140

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Larger screen
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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