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

Canon Rebel T2i

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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

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 
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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 Much 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
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 252 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $545.51 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $53 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T2i:197 lenses
              D5000:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T2i:12,800 ISO
              D5000:6,400 ISO
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              D5000:3,200 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T2i:252 ms
              D5000:276 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T2i:9
              D5000:11
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T2i:0.54x
              D5000:0.51x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T2i:1080p @ 30fps
              D5000:720p @ 24fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T2i:784 ISO
              D5000:868 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $384 - $430 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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 T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $285 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $530 - $696 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 much larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

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

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $756 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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              Nikon D5000 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5000.

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