• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D5100 advantages over Canon T5i

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    660 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon T5i advantages over Nikon D5100

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes; Improved kit lens; Even more affordable.

  • Little-changed from the earlier T4i; Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T4i

Nikon D5100
Canon T4i
  • $569
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • More kit lens zoom

Compared to Nikon D3100

Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
  • $569
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $700
  • APS-C
Canon T5i
Nikon D3100
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A35

Nikon D5100
Sony A35
  • $569
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T5i
Sony A35
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A57

Nikon D5100
Sony A57
  • $569
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Longer battery life
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoots 60p video
Canon T5i
Sony A57
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T4i

Nikon D5100
Canon T4i
  • $569
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • More kit lens zoom
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