Nikon D5000 vs Canon EOS Rebel XSi

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

Nikon D5000
Canon EOS Rebel XSi

Manufacturing

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

Nikon D5000 were released 2009 and Canon EOS Rebel XSi was released 2008. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D5000 Nikon 2009
Canon EOS Rebel XSi Canon 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5000 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has a "APSC"-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")
Nikon D5000 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

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

Resolution

Nikon D5000 has a 12,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has 12,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 12,2 MP 12166656 4272 2848

Nikon D5000 has a 0 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel XSi. 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

Nikon D5000 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel XSi. Nikon D5000 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 6400 while Canon EOS Rebel XSi has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5000 200-6400
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 100-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS Rebel XSi 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 Nikon D5000
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel XSi

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel XSi can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5000 4
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 3,5

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D5000. Unfortunately Canon EOS Rebel XSi does not support recording movies and movie clips.

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 13% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel XSi and its 524 gr (or 1,16 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5000 590 gr 1,3 lb
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 524 gr 1,16 lb