Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5100
Top Ten Reasons for the
Canon EOS 550D
Compared to Nikon D5100
A lot more megapixels (photo)
6.51% more megapixels (photo)
Marginally higher pixel density
6.37% higher pixel density
Has a stereo microphone
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
Clearly higher resolution
12.94% higher resolution
Lots less shutter lag
0.02 s less shutter lag. The amount of time it takes the camera to take a photo, without having to focus.
Noticeably less startup delay
0.10 s less startup delay. It takes less time for the camera to turn on and take a first picture.
Noticeably more microphone(s)
1 more microphone(s). More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
Substantially higher resolution (screen)
1040 k dots
921 k dots
119 k dots higher resolution (screen). A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
16.70 mm thinner
Canon EOS 550D is better than Nikon D5100 because...
Top 17 Reasons for the
Compared to Canon EOS 550D
Sizably larger sensor
15.6 x 23.6 mm
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.
Explicitly lower noise at high ISO
46.59% lower noise at high ISO. The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
Considerably more focus points
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.
Sizably faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
33.33% faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format. Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
Has a flip-out screen
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
Noticeably better image quality
14 better image quality. A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
Considerably higher maximum light sensitivity
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.
20 g lighter
A lot better color depth
6.82% better color depth. The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
Has a 24p cinema mode
24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.
Has a built-in HDR mode
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
Notably wider dynamic range
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.
Has continuous autofocus when recording movies
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
1.80 mm narrower
Vastly longer battery life
220 shots longer battery life. CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
More lenses available
7 more lenses available. A bigger variety of brand lenses means that you have more options and can find one that suits your needs.
A bit shorter
0.80 mm shorter
Has the same processor
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.