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Registered: ‎11-30-2012

Image quality of T4i vs D5100

My son bought a Nikon D5100 while we were in Japan I took my Canon T4i. And did notice that his pictures especially in low light appear to have much less noise. Then I came across this website: 
That claims that the image quality of the D5100 is better than that of my T4i. Any thoughts on this?

"Much better image quality80.0vs62.0
Around 30% better image quality"
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Registered: ‎11-14-2012

Re: Image quality of T4i vs D5100

You'd be a better judge of the IQ of them than me since I don't shoot Nikon & likely won't unless they start making lenses to meet my needs (no lenses of the same quality as the older 35-350 L, 100-400 L IS or 28-300 L IS) so although IQ is a factor in deciding what to buy so is the rest of the system of parts needed such as lenses, strobes etc. Also be advised that many sites cater to their sponsors (advertisers) when doing reviews so one has to really know all of the testing methods used to be sure they are as identical as possible BUT since you can't swap the lenses between the different bodies an important part of the test may effect the results. 

I'll assume you're comparing Jpg's rather than processed RAW files and that's another variable because every manufacturer tweaks their software to produce images that THEY find pleasing. Some prefer stronger greens, others prefer nicer skin tones, or nicer blues for the sky etc. Also note that you can set some of those parameters in your menu system, but I doubt many do. You can change sharpening & saturation, brightness & contrast very easily & experiment to see what's more pleasing to YOU. 


I've borrowed this from the signature of a member of another photography forum I belong to & strongly suspect it's an accurate quote but I haven't verified that.


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Registered: ‎11-14-2012

Re: Image quality of T4i vs D5100

Well, it's a fact that the Nikon D5100 has better image quality *measurements* than the T4i/650D. It's also a fact that in practical terms this means absolutely nothing on its own.

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