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

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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
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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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        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

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

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

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

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $450 - $1,182 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

        $650 - $700 body only

        $200 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,049 - $1,150 body only

        $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm 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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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $593 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

        $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
        Placeholder

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Slightly smaller
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Color depth Worse color depth

        Nikon D5200 Competitors

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        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $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

        $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
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 - $740 body only

        $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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