Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D5100

Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 20fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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Around 30% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 500D's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 520 g vs 590 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 72.0 vs 63.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 868 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The D5000 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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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
Battery life Longer battery life 510 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 20% 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
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        500D:300 ms
        D5000:400 ms
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        500D:197 lenses
        D5000:205 lenses
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        500D:12,800 ISO
        D5000:6,400 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        500D:15.1 MP
        D5000:12.2 MP
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        1
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        500D:3.4 fps
        D5000:4 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        500D:9
        D5000:11
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        500D:1080p @ 20fps
        D5000:720p @ 24fps
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        500D:0.54x
        D5000:0.51x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        500D:663 ISO
        D5000:868 ISO

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        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon EOS 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,264 body only

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,221 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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        Nikon D5000 Competitors

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        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Much smaller
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $695 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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        Jazzlynkmnl2000 (1:17 AM, September 23, 2011)
        i wanna try the canon 500d.. i have my canon 1100 already.. and i gave my x-bf a nikon d5000...which i don't want to remember him anymore not a good experience with him.. thats why even the nikon d5000 i don't want to remember as well...thx im fr mkt city phl
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:00 PM, February 13, 2011)
        Hi Sathiyah, they're very close, you should try each out in a store and see how you like them. The Canon 500D seems to have the advantage though.
         
        Sathiyah_999 (1:06 PM, February 13, 2011)
        which isactually the better camera
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:36 PM, January 20, 2011)
        Thanks for pointing that out Williamz. We've made a mistake there. What we really mean is that the 550D will autofocus with basically all Canon autofocus lenses (since they all have built in focus motors), where as the D5000 won't autofocus with all Nikon autofocus lenses, since some of them lack a focus motor.
         
        WILLIAMZ (6:08 AM, January 20, 2011)
        The Canon 500D does not have a Built-in Motor, in fact All Canon DSLR Camera does not have a Built-in Motor.

        Williamz from The Philippines.
         
        Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (5:46 PM, May 01, 2010)
        You really can't go wrong with either of those, Nikon and Canon both make great cameras, and both have tons of lenses and other accessories available. The 500D has a higher resolution lcd, better for previewing photos, but the D5000 has a flip out LCD, better for movies probably.

        The 500D has now been replaced by the 550D, but that might likely means the 500D is now selling for great prices. Check out whats changed between the 500D and 550D.