• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D5200 advantages over Canon SL1

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $599
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Better color depth
    24.2 vs 21.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,284 vs 843 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
  • More AF points
    39 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.9 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 1140 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Canon SL1 advantages over Nikon D5200

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Lighter weight
    623g vs 827g
    Lighter weight

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon SL1
Sony A65
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D3200

Nikon D5200
Nikon D3200
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Canon SL1
Nikon D3200
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon SL1
Sony A58
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5

Nikon D5200
Canon T5
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Nikon D5200
Pentax K-S1
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon SL1
Pentax K-S1
  • $469
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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