• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $449 Average Retail $900 MSRP
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $762 Average Retail $900 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon D5100 over Canon T5i

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    0.50 vs 0.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)

Canon T5i over Nikon D5100

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.0 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.8 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

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
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D5100
Canon T3i
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Faster RAW shooting
Canon T5i
Canon T3i
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D5100
Sony A65
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon T5i
Sony A65
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100
Nikon D5200
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
Canon T5i
Nikon D5200
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D5100
Sony A58
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon T5i
Sony A58
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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