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Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5100

Top Ten Reasons for the

Canon EOS 550D

Compared to Nikon D5100

anonymous
139
Reasonably more megapixels (photo)
Comment
18 MP
vs
16.9 MP
6.51% more megapixels (photo)
anonymous
52
A tad higher pixel density
Comment
501 ppi
vs
471 ppi
6.37% higher pixel density
anonymous
52
Has a stereo microphone
Comment
Yes
vs
No
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
anonymous
48
Explicitly higher resolution
Comment
1250x833 px
vs
1176x784 px
12.94% higher resolution
anonymous
43
Much less shutter lag
Comment
0.252 s
vs
0.273 s
0.02 s less shutter lag. The amount of time it takes the camera to take a photo, without having to focus.
anonymous
39
Sizably less startup delay
Comment
0.4 s
vs
0.5 s
0.10 s less startup delay. It takes less time for the camera to turn on and take a first picture.
anonymous
38
Notably more microphone(s)
Comment
2
vs
1
1 more microphone(s). More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
anonymous
36
Substantially higher resolution (screen)
Comment
1040 k dots
vs
921 k dots
119 k dots higher resolution (screen). A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
anonymous
33
Reasonably thinner
Comment
62 mm
vs
78.7 mm
16.70 mm thinner
Francesco Russo
2
Much cheaper
Comment
Yes
vs
No

Canon EOS 550D is better than Nikon D5100 because...

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Top 17 Reasons for the

Nikon D5100

Compared to Canon EOS 550D

anonymous
113
Notably larger sensor
Comment
15.6 x 23.6 mm
vs
22.3 x 14.9 mm
10.80% larger sensor. The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
anonymous
101
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Comment
1183 ISO
vs
807 ISO
46.59% lower noise at high ISO. The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
anonymous
94
Notably more focus points
Comment
11
vs
9
2 more focus points. The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
anonymous
92
Significantly faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
Comment
4 fps
vs
3 fps
33.33% faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format. Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
anonymous
81
Has a flip-out screen
Comment
Yes
vs
No
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
anonymous
80
Distinctly better image quality
Comment
80
vs
66
14 better image quality. A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
anonymous
79
Explicitly higher maximum light sensitivity
Comment
25600 ISO
vs
12800 ISO
2x higher maximum light sensitivity. With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
anonymous
72
Modestly lighter
Comment
510 g
vs
530 g
20 g lighter
anonymous
56
Reasonably better color depth
Comment
23.5 bits
vs
22 bits
6.82% better color depth. The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
anonymous
55
Has a 24p cinema mode
Comment
Yes
vs
No
24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.
anonymous
49
Has a built-in HDR mode
Comment
Yes
vs
No
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
anonymous
46
Vastly wider dynamic range
Comment
13.6 Evs
vs
11.6 Evs
17.24% wider dynamic range. The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
anonymous
40
Considerably longer battery life
Comment
660 shots
vs
440 shots
220 shots longer battery life. CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
anonymous
39
Modestly narrower
Comment
127 mm
vs
128.8 mm
1.80 mm narrower
anonymous
37
Has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Comment
Yes
vs
No
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
anonymous
36
A shade shorter
Comment
96.5 mm
vs
97.3 mm
0.80 mm shorter
anonymous
31
More lenses available
Comment
169
vs
162
7 more lenses available. A bigger variety of brand lenses means that you have more options and can find one that suits your needs.
Gian Giacomo Ermacora
0
Has the same processor
Comment
Yes
vs
No
Is quite easy to use every day and the image quality is almost the same due the same image processor. D7000 is more accurate for the focus metering.

Nikon D5100 is better than Canon EOS 550D because...

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