Canon EOS 600D vs. Nikon D5000

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Feb 7, 2011
Apr 14, 2009
 
Compact SLR
Compact SLR
 
5184 x 3456
4288 x 2848
5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
3216 x 2136, 2144 x 1424
1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
3:2
18 megapixels
12 megapixels
19 megapixels
13 megapixels
APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
CMOS
CMOS
Digic 4
Expeed
 
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
Auto, 200 - 3200 (plus 6400 with boost)
12800
6400
6
12
Yes
Yes (5)
No
No
RAW
RAW
Fine, Normal
Fine, Normal, Basic
 
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Yes (3-10x )
No
Yes
Yes
9
11
Canon EF/EF-S
Nikon F
1.6×
1.5×
 
Fully articulated
Fully articulated
3
2.7
1,040,000
230,000
No
No
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
 
Yes
Yes (With contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking)
Optical (pentamirror)
Optical (pentamirror)
95%
95%
0.85× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
0.78× (0.52× 35mm equiv.)
 
30 sec
30 sec
1/4000 sec
1/4000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
13.00 m
17.00 m (at ISO 100)
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Yes (Hot-shoe)
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
3.7 fps
4.0 fps
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
 
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps), 320 x 216 (24 fps)
MPEG-4, H.264
Motion JPEG
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
 
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC card
None
None
 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Yes (HDMI mini)
Yes
 
No
 
No
Eye-Fi Connected
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
 
No
No
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Nikon EN-EL9a Lithium-Ion battery
440
 
570 g (1.26 lb / 20.11 oz)
590 g (1.30 lb / 20.81 oz)
133 x 100 x 80 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.15)
127 x 104 x 80 mm (5 x 4.09 x 3.15)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes (by USB cable and PC)
Yes
None
Optional
 
GP-1