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

Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 
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differences

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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $439.95 vs $876.77
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The best price we've seen is $437 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
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
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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%
              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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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 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 slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              $715 - $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is much smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 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!