Canon EOS Kiss M vs Nikon D5100

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Kiss M and Nikon D5100. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS Kiss M
Nikon D5100

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Kiss M is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5100 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Kiss M were released 2018 and Nikon D5100 was released 2011. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS Kiss M Canon 2018
Nikon D5100 Nikon 2011

Type of camera

Canon EOS Kiss M is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D5100 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Kiss M has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D5100 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 Kiss M 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D5100 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 Kiss M has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5100 has 16,2 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 Kiss M 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000
Nikon D5100 16,2 MP 16084992 4928 3264

Canon EOS Kiss M has a 49 % larger resolution than Nikon D5100. 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 Kiss M has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5100. Canon EOS Kiss M has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D5100 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Kiss M 100-25600
Nikon D5100 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS Kiss M has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5100 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5100 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.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS Kiss M belong to the Canon EOS M-system and need an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Read more about Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS M

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Kiss M
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5100

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS Kiss M can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5100 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Kiss M 10
Nikon D5100 4

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS Kiss M and Nikon D5100 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 D5100 weighs 611 gr (equal to 1,35 lb) which is 57% heavier than Canon EOS Kiss M and its 390 gr (or 0,86 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS Kiss M 390 gr 0,86 lb
Nikon D5100 611 gr 1,35 lb