Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D5200

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 600D and Nikon D5200. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 600D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5200 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 600D were released 2011 and Nikon D5200 was released 2012. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 600D 2011
Nikon D5200 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 600D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D5200 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 600D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D5200 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 600D has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5200 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 600D 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Nikon D5200 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Nikon D5200 has a 34 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 600D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 600D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5200. Canon EOS 600D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D5200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 600D 100-12800
Nikon D5200 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 600D has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5200 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5200 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 600D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5200

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 600D can shoot up to 3,7 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5200 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 600D 3,7
Nikon D5200 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 600D and Nikon D5200 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 600D weighs 570 gr (equal to 1,26 lb) which is 3% heavier than Nikon D5200 and its 555 gr (or 1,22 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 600D 570 gr
1,26 lb
Nikon D5200 555 gr
1,22 lb

Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D5200 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 600D and Nikon D5200, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Name Canon EOS 600D Nikon D5200
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Release Year 2011 2012
Release Date 2011-02-07 2012-11-06
MSRP 1099 USD 799 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 18 MP 24 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 EXPEED 3
Image
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
ISO Range 100 - 12800 100 - 6400
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 39
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3″ 3
Screen dots 1040000 921
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor TFT LCD monitor
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.85 (0.53 35mm equiv.) 0.78 (0.52 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Frames per second 3,7 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 13 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Optional
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed) Yes (Optional ML-L3 or WR-R10)
GPS No Yes
Optional
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 440 shots 500 shots
Width 133 mm 129 mm
Height 100 mm 98 mm
Depth 80 mm 78 mm
Weight 570 gram 555 gram