As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5100 is also often compared to pro DSLRs. The Nikon D5100's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D3200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS Rebel T5)

Competitor classes

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has slightly wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 11.5 EV), has a screen which flips out, has in-camera HDR, can focus continuously while recording movies and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,037k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.55x) and takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$436 (body only)
$394 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D5100)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D5100)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3300 and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year newer
$378 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the D5100)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3200 and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$410 - $597 (body only)
$470 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
similar age
$515 (body only)
$743 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D5100)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 80.0

common strengths of the T3i and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$379 (body only)
$429 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 9 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
3 years newer
$778 - $997 (body only)
$1,127 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 15 vs 1
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D5100)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

common strengths of the D7200 and D5100

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (80.0 vs 67.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has significantly more color depth (23.5 bits vs 22.2 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 11.7 EV) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 2,359k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.65x), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 8 fps).

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 years newer
$1,492 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,997 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D5100)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 93.0 vs 80.0
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D5100

  • Good dynamic range: 14.5 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
7 months older
$850 (body only)
$1,253 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D5100)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 80.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.5 bits

common strengths of the 60D and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$1,999 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D5100)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 80.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the D300 and D5100

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,999.00 vs $588.05

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
4 years newer
$1,699 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D5100)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year older
$849 (body only)
$1,119 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D5100)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 80.0
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 23.5 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.6 EV

common strengths of the 7D and D5100

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $849.00 vs $588.05

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
2 years older
$519 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the D5100)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the D5100)

  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 23.5 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 80.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.4 EV vs 13.6 EV

common strengths of the 50D and D5100

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $519.40 vs $588.05