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

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Differences

Canon T3i advantages over Nikon D5200

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

Nikon D5200 advantages 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,284 vs 793 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.5 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • 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
    3 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
    7 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Nikon D7000
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Pentax K-5

Canon T3i
Pentax K-5
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Pentax K-5
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5100

Canon T3i
Nikon D5100
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $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
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5300

Canon T3i
Nikon D5300
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
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