Canon EOS 550DNikon D5100
Top 37%1,527 points
Top 37%
Top 28%1,763 points
Top 28%
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
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Top specs and features

Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5100: 62 facts in comparison

1. megapixels

6.51% more megapixels.
18MP
Panono Camera: 108MP
16.9MP

2. sensor size

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
14.9 x 22.3mm
Polaroid Snap: 81.2 x 25.4mm
23.6 x 15.6mm

3. 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.
9
Sony Alpha a9: 693
11

4. noise

The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
807ISO
Sony Alpha 7S: 3702ISO
1183ISO

5. continuous shooting at high resolution

Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
3fps
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: 60fps
4fps

6. has a flip-out screen

Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
27% have it

7. 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.
12800 ISO
Nikon D7500 + Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: 1640000 ISO
25600 ISO

8. image quality

A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
66
Sony Alpha 7R II: 98
80

9. weight

20g lighter.
530g
HTC Re: 65.5g
510g

10. longer battery life

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
440shots
Nikon D3x: 4400shots
660shots

11. video recording

0% better video recording quality.
1080 x 30fps
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II: 2160 x 60fps
1080 x 30fps

12. color depth

The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
22bits
HP Photosmart R927: 42bits
23.5bits

13. has a stereo microphone

A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
49% have it

14. Faster video autofocus due to a phase detection autofocus when shooting movies

A phase detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus and allows sharper movies.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
11% have it

16. 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.
11.6Evs
Nikon D810A: 14.8Evs
13.6Evs

17. pixel density

6.37% higher pixel density.
501ppi
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S: 1437.5ppi
471ppi

18. has a built-in HDR mode

It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
26% have it

19. 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.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
26% have it

20. width

1.8mm narrower.
128.8mm
DxO One: 26.2mm
127mm

21. has a microphone in

A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
25% have it

22. resolution

12.94% higher resolution.
1250 x 833px
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S: 3680 x 2760px
1176 x 784px

23. higher resolution (screen)

A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
1040k dots
Fujifilm FinePix X-Pro1: 1230000k dots
921k dots

24. Faster photo autofocus due to a phase detection autofocus when shooting pictures

A phase detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus and allows sharper images.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
30% have it

25. thickness

16.7mm thinner.
62mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66: 13mm
78.7mm

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