Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 450D

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Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS 450D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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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
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 127×97×79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Significantly 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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2.8 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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 8 f-stops better
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 6 f-stops better
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$368.00 vs $700.11
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The best price we've seen is $332 cheaper (around 50% less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D220 lenses
              D5100230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D12.2 MP
              D510016.1 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D800 ISO
              D51006,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D3.5 fps
              D51004 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D9
              D510011
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              450D0.54x
              D51000.51x
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              450DNone
              D51001080p @ 30fps

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              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

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              $430 - $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 slightly larger
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

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              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price More expensive

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