Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Canon Rebel T1i

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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
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 520 g vs 560 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $400.00 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 663 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 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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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
Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T1i does so at a lower frame rate
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T1i:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T1i:300 ms
              D5100:500 ms
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T1i:$400.00
              D5100:$449.00
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T1i:3.4 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T1i:15.1 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T1i:3,200 ISO
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              T1i:None
              D5100:Contrast detection
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T1i:9
              D5100:11
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T1i:0.54x
              D5100:0.51x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T1i:1080p @ 20fps
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $375 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 - $700 body only

              $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $780 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $585 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Focus points Many more focus points
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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