Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D5100

Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T3i's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Slightly lighter 570 g vs 590 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 72.0 vs 65.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 868 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D5000 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 510 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 276 ms vs 283 ms
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        T3i:197 lenses
        D5000:205 lenses
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.1"
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        T3i:12,800 ISO
        D5000:6,400 ISO
        Size Large Help
        T3i:133x99x79 mm
        D5000:127x104x80 mm
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        1
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T3i:3.7 fps
        D5000:4 fps
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        T3i:283 ms
        D5000:276 ms
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3i:6,400 ISO
        D5000:3,200 ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T3i:0.53x
        D5000:0.51x
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        T3i:9
        D5000:11
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        T3i:1080p @ 30fps
        D5000:720p @ 24fps
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3i:793 ISO
        D5000:868 ISO

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        competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Color depth Has significantly less color depth
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

        Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

        Nikon D5000 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5000.

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        nikonguy (3:08 PM, February 19, 2011)
        nikon d5000 has one of the besty image quality out of all entry level dslrs!