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

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

36

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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 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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Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
200 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
127x94x65 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11 EV
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2 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
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 2500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$354.09 vs $925.29
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The best price we've seen is $571 cheaper (2.6x less)
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 2 f-stops better
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XTi197 lenses
              D5100205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XTi10.1 MP
              D510016.1 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XTi3 fps
              D51004 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XTi0.49x
              D51000.51x
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XTi1,600 ISO
              D51006,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XTiNone
              D51001080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 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

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $749 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

              $700 body only

              $1,639 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $569 - $797 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

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