gGadget > Nikon® D5100 vs Canon® T3i
If our overview of the Canon T3i piqued your interest, you may be wondering what other cameras are in the T3i’s class in order to fully explore your options before making a DLSR purchase. The Nikon D5100 is probably the T3i’s biggest competitor and one of your best options if you’re looking into entry-level DLSRs. Both the T3i and the D5100 offer HD video capture, crisp and clear image quality, and relatively small, lightweight bodies. And both of the cameras cost about the same. Deciding between them can be a challenge. Here’s what you should know about each of the cameras in comparison to each other to help you make an informed purchasing decision:
The Canon T3i beats out the Nikon D5100 in three ways: It has more megapixels, a more technologically advanced LCD screen, and a built-in focus monitor. The T3i comes with 18 megapixels, while the D5100 only has 16 megapixels. Camera pros will say that megapixels don’t matter as much as other factors like ISO range and overall image quality. So, this shouldn’t necessarily sway your decision. However, the T3i’s incredible three inch swivel LCD screen with 720×480 resolution is one of the camera’s most attractive advantages over the D5100. The D5100’s LCD screen only comes with a modest 640×480 resolution. This means that the images and videos you view on the T3i’s LCD screen are considerably crisper, clearer, and more vibrantly colored. Additionally, the T3i’s built-in focus monitor helps keeps pictures blur-free, even when the photographer’s hands are shaky. The D5100 does not have a built-in focus monitor to combat blurriness.
On the flip side, the Nikon D5100 does have some noteworthy advantages over the T3i. For example, the D5100 has lower noise at a higher ISO. This means that pictures and videos you take at night on the D5100 come out clearer. Additionally, the D5100 has 23.5 bits of color depth, while the T3i only has 22.1 bits of color depth. So, the D5100 is able to distinguish an additional 1.4 bits of color, which is nothing to laugh at. When it comes to recording videos, the D5100 also has the added perk of video autofocus, which automatically focuses videos for D5100 users, making the task of recording professional quality videos easier. Additionally, it should be noted that the D5100 has longer battery life than the T3i, lasting for 660 shots in between charges, as opposed to the T3i’s 440 shots between charges.
Although the Nikon D5100 camera may seem to be the better of the two in terms of overall specs, the D5100 and T3i are more alike than they are different. They’re both small, lightweight cameras that are fairly easy to use and that work with a variety of lenses to take good quality pictures. Deciding between these two, high quality entry-level DLSRs is a no small feat. In the end, you’re just going to have to weigh the pros and cons of each and make a decision based on your individual needs. And the good news is that you’ll probably be happy with whatever decision you make, since the D5100 and T3i are both excellent cameras.