Canon EOS 550DNikon D5100
Top 41%906 points
Top 41%
Top 25%1,143 points
Top 25%
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Megapixels
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Top 95%
674 cameras
10.91MP - 19.73MP
NaN% of all camerasYes
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megapixels
sensor size
maximum light sensitivity
continuous shooting at high resolution
video recording
longer battery life

Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D5100: 60 facts in comparison

1. megapixels

6.51% more megapixels.
18MP
Panono Camera: 108MP
16.90MP

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

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

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
26% have it

7. weight

20g lighter.
530g
HTC Re: 65.50g
510g

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. 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
Pentax KP: 819200ISO
25600ISO

10. video recording

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

11. 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

12. color depth

The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
22bits
HP Photosmart R927: 42bits
23.50bits

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

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.
0s
Canon EOS-1D C: 0s
0s

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.
501ppi
Sony A7 II: 544ppi
471ppi

18. width

1.80mm narrower.
128.80mm
DxO One: 26.20mm
127mm

19. has a built-in HDR mode

It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
25% have it

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.
11.60Evs
Nikon D810A: 14.80Evs
13.60Evs

21. 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

22. height

0.80mm shorter.
97.30mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V: 39mm
96.50mm

23. thickness

16.70mm thinner.
62mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66: 13mm
78.70mm

24. resolution

12.94% higher resolution.
1250 x 833px
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2K + Lumix G Vario 14-42mm/ F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S: 1517 x 1920px
1176 x 784px

25. has a microphone in

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

26. screen size

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
3"
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2: 4.80"
3"

27. 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

28. 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
72% have it

29. 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
44% have it

30. 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
53% have it

31. has a flash

A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
87% have it

32. 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

33. shutter lag

The amount of time it takes the camera to take a photo, without having to focus.
0.25s
Leica M Typ 240: 0s
0.27s

34. 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%
Canon EOS M6: 100%
95%

35. has continuous autofocus when recording movies

When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
Canon EOS 550D
Nikon D5100
65% have it

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