Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS Rebel XT

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

Manufacturing

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

Nikon D5100 were released 2011 and Canon EOS Rebel XT was released 2005. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D5100 2011
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5100 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Canon EOS Rebel XT has a "Canon APS-C"-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 **
Nikon D5100 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS Rebel XT 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** 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 (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon D5100 has a 16,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel XT has 8 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D5100 16,2 MP
16084992 pixels
4928 x 3264
Canon EOS Rebel XT 8 MP
7962624 pixels
3456 x 2304

Nikon D5100 has a 102 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel XT. 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

Nikon D5100 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel XT. Nikon D5100 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Canon EOS Rebel XT has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5100 100-6400
Canon EOS Rebel XT 100-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS Rebel XT 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.

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

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D5100 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel XT can shoot up to 2,8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5100 4
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2,8

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 D5100. Unfortunately Canon EOS Rebel XT 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D5100 weighs 611 gr (equal to 1.35 lb) which is 13% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel XT and its 540 gr (or 1.19 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D5100 611 gr
1.35 lb
Canon EOS Rebel XT 540 gr
1.19 lb

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS Rebel XT Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D5100 and Canon EOS Rebel XT, 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
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Name Nikon D5100 Canon EOS Rebel XT
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Release Year 2011 2005
Release Date 2011-04-05 2005-02-17
MSRP 359 USD 599 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4928 x 3264 pixels 3456 x 2304 pixels
Megapixels 16,2 MP 8 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 2 DIGIC 2
Image
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 1600
White Balance Presets 12 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 11 7
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier 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
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
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 3# 1.8
Screen dots 921000 115000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78 (0.52 35mm equiv.) 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Frames per second 4 fps 2,8 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 12 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
N/A
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Connectivity
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
No
Remote Control Yes (Optional ML-L3)
Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-1
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D5100
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Pack NB-2LH
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A N/A
Width 128 mm 127 mm
Height 97 mm 94 mm
Depth 79 mm 64 mm
Weight 611 gram 540 gram