Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5100

Top Nine Reasons for the

Canon EOS 550D

Compared to Nikon D5100

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Way more megapixels (photo)
18 MP
vs
16.9 MP
6.51% more megapixels (photo)
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A tad higher pixel density
501 ppi
vs
471 ppi
6.37% higher pixel density
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Clearly higher resolution
1250x833 px
vs
1176x784 px
12.94% higher resolution
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36
Way less shutter lag
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.
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Explicitly less startup delay
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.
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Has a stereo microphone
Yes
vs
No
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
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Vastly more microphone(s)
2
vs
1
1 more microphone(s). More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
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Plenty thinner
62 mm
vs
78.7 mm
16.70 mm thinner
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14
Appreciably narrower
97.3 mm
vs
127 mm
29.70 mm narrower

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

Yes
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No

Top 16 Reasons for the

Nikon D5100

Compared to Canon EOS 550D

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Distinctly lower noise at high ISO
1183 ISO
vs
807 ISO
46.59% lower noise at high ISO. The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. We use metrics from http://wwww.dxomark.com.
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Substantially more focus points
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.
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Appreciably better image quality
80
vs
66
14 better image quality. A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. We use metrics from http://wwww.dxomark.com.
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Considerably larger sensor
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.
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Measurably faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
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.
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Explicitly higher maximum light sensitivity
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.
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Lots better color depth
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. We use metrics from http://wwww.dxomark.com.
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Has a 24p cinema mode
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.
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37
Somewhat lighter
510 g
vs
530 g
20 g lighter
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36
Has a flip-out screen
Yes
vs
No
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
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Explicitly wider dynamic range
13.6 EV
vs
11.6 EV
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.
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Has a built-in HDR mode
Yes
vs
No
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
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Has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Yes
vs
No
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
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28
More lenses available
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.
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Significantly shorter
96.5 mm
vs
128.8 mm
32.30 mm shorter
Taoufik Elmoumene
1
Nikon d5100
Yes
vs
No
Canon eos 500d
Gian Giacomo Ermacora
0
Has the same processor
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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No

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