Canon EOS Rebel T3i vs Nikon D5100
When you're browsing around looking for a upper-entry level DSLR with video capabilities, two models would usually catch your attention. The Canon Rebel T3i/EOS 600D and Nikon D5100 are definitely the forerunners of that division. These two cameras are well known for taking great photographs, and now even videos. Each brand has their own image quality but they do share a few things in common.
What do they have in common?
The main feature of both cameras would be the 3”fully articulating LCD screen. (4:3 nikon, 3:2 canon display) The articulating LCD screen is a great feature for anyone shooting videos. It gives them a good view of the screen at high or low angles. These cameras weight practically the same, with the Canon T3i being slightly lighter than the Nikon D5100.
Canon Rebel T3i Review
The Canon has a few extra bells and whistles added from the previous models they released. The key feature it has compared to the T2i would be the articulating screen. For advanced photographers looking to print large portraits or images, they may appreciate the Canon T3i for the 18MP sensor which is larger than the 16MP on Nikon.
Nikon D5100 Review
The Nikon D5100 on the other hand, is a great upgrade to its predecessors. Nikon had articulating screens before but it was bottom mounted. Having the screen side mounted, it becomes the first of its kind in Nikon's product line. Upon first inspection, it does look significantly look smaller than the Canon.
Everyone will have their specific choice between either the T3i or the D5100. The Canon definitely leans more towards beginners with experience using a camera and the Nikon would appeal more to beginners or photographer who want to venture in to video DSLR's. Whichever of the two you choose, you'll have a top of the line DSLR for the foreseeable future.