Canon EOS 550DNikon D5100
Top 42%868 points
Top 42%
Top 25%1,121 points
Top 25%
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Megapixels
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746 cameras
10.91MP - 19.73MP
NaN% of all camerasYes
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megapixels
sensor size
maximum light sensitivity
continuous shooting at high resolution
longer battery life
18
MP
16.9
MP
Panono Camera
108MP
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Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5100: 59 facts in comparison

1. megapixels

6.51% more megapixels (photo).
18MP
Panono Camera: 108MP
16.9MP
286
0

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 38mm
23.6 x 15.6mm
243
0

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 a6500: 425
11
185
0

4. noise

The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
807ISO
Sony Alpha 7S: 3702ISO
1183ISO
176
0

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
170
0

6. has a flip-out screen

Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
25% have it
150
0

7. weight

20g lighter.
530g
HTC Re: 65.5g
510g
141
0

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
131
0

9. 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.
12800ISO
Nikon D5: 3280000ISO
25600ISO
126
0

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
114
0

11. 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
87
0

12. 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
84
0

13. has a stereo microphone

A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
Canon EOS 550D
48% have it
84
0

14. fastest shutter speed

A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.
0.00025s
Canon EOS-1D C: 0.00000125s
0.00025s
80
0

15. width

1.8mm narrower.
128.8mm
DxO One: 26.2mm
127mm
76
0

16. 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
25% have it
76
0

17. pixel density

6.37% higher pixel density.
501ppi
Sony Alpha 7R: 544ppi
471ppi
76
0

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
73
0

19. 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
72
0

20. 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
71
0

21. height

0.8mm shorter.
97.3mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V: 39mm
96.5mm
71
0

22. thickness

16.7mm thinner.
62mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66: 13mm
78.7mm
70
0

23. resolution

12.94% higher resolution.
1250 x 833px
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2: 1517 x 1920px
1176 x 784px
68
0

24. has a microphone in

A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
23% have it
67
0

25. screen size

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
3"
Samsung Galaxy NX Mirrorless: 4.8"
3"
57
0

26. 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
29% have it
56
0

27. has AF tracking

With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
73% have it
56
0

28. Is a system camera

A system camera has lots of changeable parts such as lenses, flashes and other accessories. They offer greater flexibility than compact cameras.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
43% have it
53
0

29. has a two-stage shutter

A two-stage shutter is good for taking photos like a pro; apply pressure to the button in order for the lens to focus, and then press it fully to capture the photograph.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
52% have it
52
0

30. has a flash

A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
88% have it
51
0

31. shutter lag

The amount of time it takes the camera to take a photo, without having to focus.
0.252s
Leica M Typ 240: 0.00025s
0.273s
49
0

32. has an optical viewfinder

An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens sees. There is no time lag and they require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders which can drain battery life. They are also better in low light situations.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
29% have it
49
0

33. more viewfinder coverage

With 100% coverage you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage you may have to crop your photos afterwards to get them looking perfect.
95%
Sony Alpha 7R: 100%
95%
49
0

34. has continuous autofocus when recording movies

When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
66% have it
48
0

35. can be controlled remotely

A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
44% have it
48
0

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