• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Canon T3i over Nikon D5200

  • More kit lens zoom
    7.5x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Nikon D5200 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
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More pixels
    24.1 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    39 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    9 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.

  • Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

  • Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Nikon D7000
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life

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 D5200
Pentax K-5
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5100

Canon T3i
Nikon D5100
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5100
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony A65

Canon T3i
Sony A65
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A58

Canon T3i
Sony A58
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
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