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Nikon D5100 vs. Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Shootout

So, you’re in the market for a new digital SLR and you can’t make up your mind which camera you prefer. As always, the two biggest dogs in the yard are Canon and Nikon, but which one comes out on top?

Our buddy Kai from DigitalRevTV has put together a pretty good comparison between the Canon Digital Rebel T3i (also sold as the 600D) and the Nikon D5100. The two cameras share similar features and similar pricing points, but which one is the better buy?

Well, in the video review that you can view below, you’ll notice that the Nikon has a higher megapixel count. It also tends to have better high ISO performance, offering less noise than its Canon counterpart. What’s more, the D5100 offers 11 points of autofocus, compared to just 9 autofocus points on the T3i.

With all that in mind, it sounds like the Nikon is better, right? Well, maybe not. The Canon Digital Rebel T3i outshines its opponent in the video department, offering a crop mode and the ability to adjust audio levels. In the end, Kai decides that both are “jolly good DSLR choices,” but for my part, I’ll still to the more compact form factor of my micro four-thirds camera instead.

What say you?

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