Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D5100 vs 600D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D5100
9.6
EOS 600D
8.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D5100
6.5
EOS 600D
6.5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D5100
8.2
EOS 600D
7.9
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D5100
9.1
EOS 600D
9.1
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 4 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D5100
8.9
EOS 600D
8.6

Winner
Nikon D5100 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D5100  based on its image quality and responsiveness.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D5100 vs EOS 600D

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

D5100
1,183 ISO
EOS 600D
793 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D5100
2,600 LPH
EOS 600D
2,500 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5100
273 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D5100
114 ms
EOS 600D
87 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D5100
500 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5100
4 fps
EOS 600D
3.7 fps

Features Key features of the D5100  vs EOS 600D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D5100
16.1 MP
EOS 600D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D5100
25,600 ISO
EOS 600D
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

D5100
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D5100
0.51x
EOS 600D
0.53x

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

D5100
22.9 microns
EOS 600D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D5100  vs EOS 600D 

7.6
7.7
Overall the video shooting isn't as seamlessly integrated as it is on the 7D - you still have to select a separate mode to engage video shooting for one thing.
EOS 600D

9.0
9.0
Ultimately the Nikon D5100 easily overcomes its few real weak points, offering a compelling mix of great image and movie quality, precise and quick auto-focusing, accurate metering and a fantastic LCD screen, all in a format that most users will find intutive and enjoyable to use.
D5100

8.0
8.0
Another clear improvement over the D5100 is the addition of a 3in, high-resolution, tilt-and-swivel LCD monitor that displays at a resolution of 920k dots a huge upgrade over the 230k-dots offered by the D3100 and D5000.
D5100

8.0
8.0
It would also be nice to have control over the exposure or at least exposure compensation when these modes are selected.
D5100

7.7
7.8
Ironically, this design is more suited to pros who plan to use the camera as a cheap video dSLR and never take it off the video setting than to the consumers at whom it's ostensibly targeted.
EOS 600D

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D5100  vs
EOS 600D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.1 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3264 5184 x 3456
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 Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH 2,500 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH 2,500 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

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

form factor

Size 127 x 96.5 x 78.7 mm 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
Thickness 78.7 mm 79.7 mm
Weight 560 g 570 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

video

D5100  vs
EOS 600D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Manual
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.78x 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.51x 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 3.7 fps
Battery life 660 440
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
3.7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 273 ms 283 ms
Shutter lag 114 ms 87 ms
Startup delay 500 ms 1,500 ms
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