Canon EOS 550DNikon D5100
Top 40%931 points
Top 40%
Top 24%1,190 points
Top 24%
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.

2. sensor size

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
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.

4. continuous shooting at high resolution

Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.

5. noise

The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.

6. has a flip-out screen

Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
26% have it

7. weight

20g lighter.

8. image quality

A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.

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.

10. longer battery life

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

11. video recording

0% better video recording quality.
1080 x 30fps

12. 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

13. color depth

The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.

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

15. fastest shutter speed

A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.

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

17. pixel density

6.37% higher pixel density.
471ppi

18. width

1.8mm narrower.
127mm

19. higher resolution (screen)

A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.

20. 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.
13.6Evs

21. 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

22. height

0.8mm shorter.

23. thickness

16.7mm thinner.

24. resolution

12.94% higher resolution.

25. has a microphone in

A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
24% have it

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