Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon D5100

Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
252 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$599.99 vs $811.54
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The best price we've seen is $212 cheaper (around 30% less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T2i's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 590 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
72.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
868 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The D5000 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
510 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T2i:197 lenses
              D5000:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              T2i:$599.99
              D5000:$811.54
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T2i:12,800 ISO
              D5000:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              T2i:3.7 fps
              D5000:4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              D5000:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T2i:0.54x
              D5000:0.51x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T2i:9
              D5000:11
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T2i:252 ms
              D5000:276 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T2i:784 ISO
              D5000:868 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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