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

Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

58

Nikon D5000

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5000.

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
Much 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$519.00 vs $768.04
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The best price we've seen is $249 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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
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
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
205 lenses vs 197 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
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3i197 lenses
              D5000205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              T3i12,800 ISO
              D50006,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Size Large Help
              T3i133x99x79 mm
              D5000127x104x80 mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              D50004 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              D500012.2 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3i283 ms
              D5000276 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i6,400 ISO
              D50003,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3i9
              D500011
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i440 shots
              D5000510 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i0.53x
              D50000.51x
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3i1080p @ 30fps
              D5000720p @ 24fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              D5000868 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i65.0
              D500072.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $639 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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!