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Nikon D5100 vs Canon Rebel T3i / EOS 600D Side by Side

Nikon D5100 versus Canon T3i / EOS 600D front view

May 8th, 2011

Nikon recently released the Nikon D5100 SLR, which serves an update to the Nikon D5000. The Nikon D5100 is designed to appeal to both novice and hobby photographers by offering a wide range of both automatic options and extended manual creative control.

The Nikon D5100 shares a fairly similar body design to the Nikon D5000, although receives a number of updated features, among them essentially the same 16 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor to the one incorporated in the popular higher end Nikon D7000.

Another addition is that the Nikon D5100 now features a larger 3-inch, 921K high resolution side mounted swivel LCD screen, versus the D5000 with a smaller 2.7-inch, and lower resolution (230K) bottom hinged swivel LCD screen (less versatile).

The other big news surrounding the Nikon D5100 is the upgraded video recording capabilities compared to the D5000. The Nikon D5100 now offers full HD movie recording complete with auto focus (AF) and selectable frame rates (1080P at up to 30 fps), and provides for the welcome ability of being able to plug in an optional external stereo microphone.

The Nikon D5100 headline features include:

16.2 MP DX format CMOS sensor similar to the Nikon D7000
EXPEED 2 image processing with ISO settings up to 25,600
Continuous shooting at 4 fps
3-inch swivel LCD monitor with 921,000 dots
Full HD movie recording with AF and selectable frame rates
User friendly Auto Scene modes or full manual exposure control options
420-segment 3D Matrix Metering
11 point Auto Focus system with 3D tracking AF
New creative 'Effects' and HDR modes
In-camera Retouch menu for easy editing
Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL14 battery and charger supplied
Compatibility with high capacity SDXC memory cards


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As of today, the 18MP Canon Rebel T3i / 600D SLR is the closest competitor to the Nikon D5100. Both cameras feature a very similar feature set and are intended for the same target market including entry level to more advanced enthusiast photographers.

We have now had the opportunity to test the Nikon D5100 versus the Canon Rebel T3i / 600D, and have put together a detailed comparison to show how these two models stack up against each other.

Update Nov 21st, 2012:

Check out the Nikon D5100 versus Canon Rebel T3i side by side comparison review at its new location on our new site DigitalReviewCanada.com

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