Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D5000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 650D and Nikon D5000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 650D
Nikon D5000

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 650D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5000 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 650D were released 2012 and Nikon D5000 was released 2009. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 650D Canon 2012
Nikon D5000 Nikon 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 650D has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D5000 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 650D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D5000 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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 650D has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5000 has 12,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 650D 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848

Canon EOS 650D has a 47 % larger resolution than Nikon D5000. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 650D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5000. Canon EOS 650D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D5000 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 650D 100-12800
Nikon D5000 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS 650D has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 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 that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 650D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 650D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 650D 5
Nikon D5000 4

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS 650D and Nikon D5000 can shoot movies.

Weight

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

Nikon D5000 weighs 590 gr (equal to 1,3 lb) which is 3% heavier than Canon EOS 650D and its 575 gr (or 1,27 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 650D 575 gr 1,27 lb
Nikon D5000 590 gr 1,3 lb