Last Updated on May 13, 2021
If you have been looking at the Nikon D5200 and the Canon T5i (also called the 700D) then this rundown will explain what’s the difference and which is the best for your photography needs. Both cameras have a large following and have garnered a loyal following but when it comes right down to it, this article will take the guesswork out of picking one. Let’s get to it!
Nikon D5200 and Canon T5i Specs
|24MP DX Format CMOS
|18.0 MP APS-C CMOS
|100-6400, expandable to 25,600 equivalent
|100-12800, expandable to 25,600 in H mode
|3″ vari-angle LCD with 921,000 dots
|3″ articulating touch panel LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots
|Wi-Fi, GPS compatible, 1080p 30FPS HD Video full time contrast detect AF
|Multi noise reduction, Continuous focus tracking, 1080p and 720p HD Video
Who Is The Nikon D5200 For?
The Nikon d5200 takes fantastic photos in low light situations. It also shoots very quickly. The autofocus system contains 39 focus points and has a 3D tracking system that hasn’t been seen in mid-range cameras until the release of the d5200. The d5200 is a serious camera for the semi-professional or professional photographer. If you are looking for better low light performance, superior speed, and more advanced image controls (like shutter priority, aperture priority, and full manual) then this is the camera for you.
Why We Love It
Great low light performance
Super fast shooting speed
High end image controls with RAW capabilities
What Could Be Improved
No video recording time limit
No electronic level for in-camera leveling
Who Is The Canon T5i For?
Canon released the T5i as their upgrade to the popular T3i. Many photographers have been using the camera for years and many have not seen a need to upgrade. It is a solid mid-range DSLR that produces very good images for all types of uses. This camera is very well built and has a very durable design. The autofocus system has been upgraded with 9 focus points, which is nice for those that have more advanced photographer needs. It is also equipped with a vari-angle LCD screen which makes it much easier to frame shots when shooting from odd angles.
What We Love About It
Solid mid-range DSLR
Very durable and well built
Vari-angle LCD screen for odd angle framing
What Could Be Improved?
ISO performance could be better in low light situations (like the d5200)
Electronic level would have been nice to have in camera. (Canon makes a separate GPS unit)
Which Is Better?
It really boils down to what your needs are. The Canon T5i is a solid performer with plenty of features. The d5200 is the better low light performer and packs more features like in-camera RAW processing, shutter priority, and more. Both cameras produce excellent photos but the decision boils down to needs vs wants.
We hope you enjoyed our comparison article. It’s fantastic the amount of choices available to us today for professional grade DSLR cameras. Both the Nikon d5200 and Canon t5i are excellent cameras for semi-professional users but they can also be used by the more advanced photographer looking for a solid backup camera. Happy snapping!