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

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (127×94×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

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Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XT

Size
Significantly smaller
127×94×64 mm vs 127×97×79 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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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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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" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Low light performance
Significantly 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
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 115k dots
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8x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.51x vs 0.49x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$368.00 vs $675.00
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The best price we've seen is $307 cheaper (around 50% less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XT197 lenses
              D5100205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XT8 MP
              D510016.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XT1,600 ISO
              D51006,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XT2.8 fps
              D51004 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XT0.49x
              D51000.51x
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XTNone
              D51001080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $710 body only

              $1,021 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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