Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D5100 vs T5i

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D5100
9.6
Rebel T5i
8.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D5100
6.5
Rebel T5i
7.1
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D5100
8.2
Rebel T5i
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D5100
9.1
Rebel T5i
9.2
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 Rebel T5i

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

D5100
1,183 ISO
Rebel T5i
681 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D5100
2,600 LPH
Rebel T5i
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5100
273 ms
Rebel T5i
264 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D5100
114 ms
Rebel T5i
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D5100
500 ms
Rebel T5i
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5100
4 fps
Rebel T5i
5 fps

Features Key features of the D5100  vs Rebel T5i 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D5100
16.1 MP
Rebel T5i
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D5100
25,600 ISO
Rebel T5i
25,600 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
Rebel T5i
0.53x

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

D5100
22.9 microns
Rebel T5i
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D5100  vs Rebel T5i 

7.6
7.6
Here we look at the RAW files processed through Adobe Camera Raw (in this case version 6.4 beta).
D5100

7.7
7.8
While a 13x19 print of an ISO 6400 photo wasn't quite as clean or sharp as I would have liked, it doesn't look that bad.
Rebel T5i

8.0
9.0
We found that the vari-angle screen provides a good, clear view with lots of detail visible even in quite bright light, making it very useful when composing images at ground level or above head-height.
Rebel T5i

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D5100  vs
Rebel T5i 
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 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH 2,400 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH 2,400 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 1 9
Supports continuous No 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 133 x 100 x 79 mm
Thickness 78.7 mm 79 mm
Weight 560 g 580 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
Image stabilization

video

D5100  vs
Rebel T5i 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MJPEG)
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 Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
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 5 fps
Battery life 660 440
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
5 fps
Focus lag 273 ms 264 ms
Shutter lag 114 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 500 ms 700 ms
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