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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution
Slightly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
127×97×79 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
560 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$419.99 vs $839.00
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The best price we've seen is $419 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D220 lenses
              D5100230 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              60D$839.00
              D5100$419.99
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              60D253 ms
              D5100273 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              60D400 ms
              D5100500 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              60D96%
              D510095%
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              D510016.1 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D9
              D510011
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D5.3 fps
              D51004 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D0.59x
              D51000.51x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              60D1,040k dots
              D5100920k dots

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