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

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

72

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Canon EOS 450D

42

Canon EOS 450D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great 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"
 
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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
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
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
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 Slightly cheaper $378.00 vs $423.19
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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

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              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:$378.00
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $492 body only

              $579 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $548 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 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
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Canon EOS 450D Competitors

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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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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