Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 450D vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

72

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Canon EOS 450D

42

Canon EOS 450D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
160 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
524 g vs 560 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 61.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$359.95 vs $423.19
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The best price we've seen is $63 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              450D:400 ms
              D5100:500 ms
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              450D:$423.19
              D5100:$359.95
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              450D:3.5 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D:12.2 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D:800 ISO
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              450D:0.54x
              D5100:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D:9
              D5100:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
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              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

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              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
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              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $840 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

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