Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT vs Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XT

Size Much smaller 127x94x64 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 540 g vs 560 g
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Almost the same
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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 637 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 60.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 115k dots
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8x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
True resolution Much higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.51x vs 0.49x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $352.00 vs $479.99
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The best price we've seen is $128 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XT:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XT:2.8 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XT:8 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XT:0.49x
              D5100:0.51x
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XT:1,600 ISO
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              Rebel XT:None
              D5100:Contrast detection
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XT:None
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $375 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $370 body only

              $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 - $600 body only

              $200 - $672 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS 20D

              Canon EOS 20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $775 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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