Updated (February 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5000

Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Canon EOS 550D

164

Nikon D5000

142

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
17.9 MP
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 550D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5000.

competitors

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$412 body only

$515 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Much larger
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$322 body only

$373 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$499 body only

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
True resolution Much lower true resolution

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$397 body only

$479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price More expensive
Canon EOS 750D

Canon EOS 750D

Entry-level DSLR

$458 body only

$556 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$475 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

discussion

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Photographer. YEAH! (5:56 AM, October 01, 2011)
what is referred to the image quality ? in JPEG type  or in RAW files ? Which is better when it comes in JPEG shooting quality ? 
 
7300 (6:30 AM, September 04, 2011)
i am a user of nikon d5000 n its an amazin camera.  and it really doesnt matter that what camera u r using its ur vision that creates a beautiful pictue
 
Denfred (9:36 AM, June 11, 2011)
by all means? in many reviews Nikon D5000 has way better image quality than Canon 550D...
 
Denfred (9:35 AM, June 11, 2011)
Nikon has better image quality than Canon, it's obvious!
 
ETCH (2:03 PM, May 23, 2011)
i own the d5000 Nikon and its pretty good but the 550d canon is way much better by all means but if u want the best of the best go for the powerful Nikon D7000 :)
 
Sep (5:50 AM, October 04, 2010)
Haha! I've been searching sites comparing Canon EOS 550D and Nikon D5000. But, I'm still undecided. On some posts, I read some people who claims that they got help with such posts, but as for me... I'm more confused. Haha. Perhaps, it's because it will be my first DSLR. Some say I could get Nikon D5000 since it is easy to use but very slow for professionals. I would like a camera that will grow with me and not outgrow it. :( Please give me an advice. Thanks a lot.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:52 AM, August 12, 2010)
Hi Nat, in what way do you think Nikon is way ahead?
 
Natphotos (3:43 PM, August 10, 2010)
I have been shooting with Canon for sometime but clearly Nikon is way ahead. That is my opinion.