General

Canon EOS 500D Nikon D5100
Brand
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Canon Nikon
Lowest price
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$732.75 $378.00
Announced
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March, 2009 April, 2011

Sensor

Type
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CMOS CMOS
Size
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APS-C 22.3x14.9mm APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
Crop factor
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1.6x 1.5x
Megapixels
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15.1 MP 16.1 MP
Light sensitivity
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3,200 ISO 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost)
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12,800 ISO 25,600 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

True resolution
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15.1 MP 16.1 MP
Native resolution
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4752 x 3168 4928 x 3264
Pixel size
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22.1 µm² 22.9 µm²

Screen

Type
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LCD LCD
Size
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3.0" 3.0"
Resolution
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920k dots 920k dots
Touch screen
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No No
Flips out
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No Yes
Live view
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Yes Yes

Lenses

Lens availability
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197 lenses 205 lenses
Lens mount
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Canon EF Nikon F

Form factor

Size
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129x98x62 mm 127x96x78 mm
Depth
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2.4" 3.1"
Weight
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520 g 560 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes Yes
Waterproof
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No No
Weather sealed
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No No
Built-in focus motor
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No No

Viewfinder

Type
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Pentamirror Pentamirror
Viewfinder size
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0.54x 0.51x
Coverage
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95% 95%

Movies

Format
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1080p @ 20fps 1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
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No Yes
High-speed framerate
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None None
External mic jack
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No Yes
Autofocus
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None Contrast detection
Continuous focus
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n/a Yes
All formats
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1080p @ 20fps
480p @ 30fps
720p @ 30fps
1080p @ 30fps
640 x 424 @ 24fps
720p @ 30fps
720p @ 24fps
1080p @ 24fps

Features

Panorama
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No No
HDR
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No Yes
3D
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No No
Image stabilization
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None None
Supports RAW
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Yes Yes
GPS
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No No

Performance

Startup delay
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300 ms 500 ms
Shutter lag
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159 ms 273 ms
Battery life
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400 shots 660 shots
Continuous shooting
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3.4 fps 4 fps

Focus system

Autofocus
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Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points
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9 11
Cross type focus points
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1 1

Shutter

Max
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1/4000s 1/4000s
Min
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30s 30s

Flash

Built-in flash
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Yes Yes
Popup
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Yes Yes
External connection
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Yes Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1 1
Supported formats
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SDHC
SD
SDXC
SDHC
SD

DXO Mark Scores

Image quality
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63.0 80.0
Color depth
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21.7 bits 23.5 bits
Dynamic range
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11.5 EV 13 EV
Low light performance
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663 ISO 1,183 ISO
Canon EOS 500D
EOS 500D
Canon

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Nikon D5100
D5100
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