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

Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Canon EOS 550D

57

Nikon D5000

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

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 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$379 body only

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$503 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$329 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$399 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$555 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

discussion

Canon EOS 550D
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Showing 8 comments

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.