Comparing Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5100

1. Canon EOS 550D

10 Reasons why Canon EOS 550D is better

Comparing Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5100

1.Lots more megapixels (photo)
18MPvs 16.9MP (Nikon D5100)
2.Has a stereo microphone
Yesvs No (Nikon D5100)
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
3.Somewhat higher pixel density
501ppivs 471ppi (Nikon D5100)
4.Vastly higher resolution (screen)
1040k dotsvs 921k dots (Nikon D5100)
A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
62mmvs 78.7mm (Nikon D5100)
6.Measurably higher resolution
1,250 x 833pxvs 1,176 x 784px (Nikon D5100)
7.Explicitly less shutter lag
0.252svs 0.273s (Nikon D5100)
The amount of time it takes the camera to take a photo, without having to focus.
8.Notably less startup delay
0.4svs 0.5s (Nikon D5100)
It takes less time for the camera to turn on and take a first picture.
9.Considerably more microphone(s)
2vs 1 (Nikon D5100)
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
10.Much cheaper
Canon EOS 550D
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2. Nikon D5100

19 Reasons why Nikon D5100 is better

Comparing Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 550D

1.Vastly larger sensor
23.6 x 15.6mmvs 14.9 x 22.3mm (Canon EOS 550D)
The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
2.Explicitly more focus points
11vs 9 (Canon EOS 550D)
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.
3.Distinctly lower noise at high ISO
1183ISOvs 807ISO (Canon EOS 550D)
The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
4.Measurably faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
4fpsvs 3fps (Canon EOS 550D)
Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
5.Has a flip-out screen
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 550D)
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
510gvs 530g (Canon EOS 550D)
7.Significantly better image quality
80vs 66 (Canon EOS 550D)
A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
8.Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
25600ISOvs 12800ISO (Canon EOS 550D)
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.
9.Significantly longer battery life
660shotsvs 440shots (Canon EOS 550D)
CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
10.Significantly better color depth
23.5bitsvs 22bits (Canon EOS 550D)
The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
11.Has a 24p cinema mode
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 550D)
24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.
12.Has a built-in HDR mode
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 550D)
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
127mmvs 128.8mm (Canon EOS 550D)
96.5mmvs 97.3mm (Canon EOS 550D)
15.Notably wider dynamic range
13.6Evsvs 11.6Evs (Canon EOS 550D)
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.
16.Has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 550D)
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
17.Distinctly more lenses available
169vs 162 (Canon EOS 550D)
A bigger variety of brand lenses means that you have more options and can find one that suits your needs.
18.Nikon d70s
Nikon d3200
19.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.
Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100 specs
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Nikon D5100 advantages
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