• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Canon T3i over Nikon D5100

  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster RAW shooting
    2.2 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.5x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Nikon D5100 over Canon T3i

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    660 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.

  • Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.

  • Side-mounted tilt / swivel LCD screen; same sensor and processing as the Nikon D7000; good speed and battery life; in-camera HDR and filter effects; Full HD video capture with aperture control; audio levels control and external microphone jack.

  • AF-S lens mount doesn't offer autofocus with screw-drive lenses; popup flash isn't the greatest; no built-in wireless flash control; HDR function doesn't microalign source images.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3100

Canon T3i
Nikon D3100
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $700
  • APS-C

Compared to Sony DSLR-A560

Canon T3i
Sony DSLR-A560
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5100
Sony DSLR-A560
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5100
Nikon D7000
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • Top deck display

Compared to Pentax K-5

Canon T3i
Pentax K-5
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5100
Pentax K-5
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Top deck display

Compared to Sony A35

Canon T3i
Sony A35
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D5100
Sony A35
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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