Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D5100 vs 1200D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D5100
10.0
EOS 1200D
9.4
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D5100
5.6
EOS 1200D
5.6
cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D5100
10.0
EOS 1200D
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D5100
9.1
EOS 1200D
n.d.
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 4 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of D5100 vs EOS 1200D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D5100
1,183 ISO
EOS 1200D
755 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D5100
114 ms
EOS 1200D
113 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5100
4 fps
EOS 1200D
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D5100
660 photos
EOS 1200D
500 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

D5100
23.5 bits
EOS 1200D
21.9 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

D5100
13.6 ev
EOS 1200D
11.3 ev

Features Key features of the D5100  vs EOS 1200D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D5100
16.1 MP
EOS 1200D
18 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D5100
25,600 ISO
EOS 1200D
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D5100
0.51x
EOS 1200D
0.5x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

D5100
22.9 microns
EOS 1200D
18.5 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D5100  vs
EOS 1200D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.1 MP 18 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3264 4896 x 3672
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.6 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 1 1
Supports continuous No No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.78x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.51x 0.5x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 3 fps
Battery life 660 500
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
3 fps
Shutter lag 114 ms 113 ms

video

D5100  vs
EOS 1200D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 127 x 96.5 x 78.7 mm 129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9 mm
Thickness 78.7 mm 77.9 mm
Weight 560 g 480 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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