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

Nikon D5100

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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
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.6"
 
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XTi

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Size Much smaller 127x94x65 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Much thinner 2.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
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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
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x 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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay Much less startup delay 500 ms vs 2500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
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 3 fps
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More than 30% 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
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        Rebel XTi: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 XTi:3 fps
        D5100:4 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        Rebel XTi:10.1 MP
        D5100:16.1 MP
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        Rebel XTi:0.49x
        D5100:0.51x
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        Rebel XTi: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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        Rebel XTi:None
        D5100:Contrast detection
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        Rebel XTi:None
        D5100:1080p @ 30fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $389 - $477 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

        $499 - $699 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 D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $699 - $849 body only

        $499 - $822 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
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $929 body only

        $790 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 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 EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $800 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $695 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Live view Has live view
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Live view Has live view
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 - $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

        $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

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

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