Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 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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differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XTi

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 200 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Size Much smaller 127x94x65 mm vs 129x98x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $425.00 vs $546.95
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps 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 1,284 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Much better image quality 84.0 vs 62.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11 EV
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2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
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 24.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 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 23.5x15.6mm 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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% 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
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5200'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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XTi:197 lenses
              D5200:205 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XTi:0.49x
              D5200:0.51x
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XTi:1,600 ISO
              D5200:6,400 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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              Rebel XTi:370 shots
              D5200:500 shots
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              Rebel XTi:None
              D5200:Contrast detection
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XTi:3 fps
              D5200:5 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $444 - $477 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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              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
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $672 - $700 body only

              $200 - $730 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $419 body only

              $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Much larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 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

              $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Placeholder

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,128 body only

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

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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