As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5100 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, super zooms and mirrorless. 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 Rebel T5i)

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), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP) and lacks built-in panoramas.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$419 (body only)
$419 - $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
$389 (body only)
$399 - $699 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
$415 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $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

  • Good dynamic range: 13.9 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$395 (body only)
$489 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
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and D5100

  • Good dynamic range: 13.9 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D5600

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5 years newer
$697 (body only)
$797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5600 and D5100

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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
similar age
$499 (body only)
$759 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
  • Much worse image quality: 65.0 vs 80.0

common strengths of the T3i and D5100

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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly more color depth (23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 12 EV), has a screen which flips out, has in-camera HDR and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,183 ISO vs 2,925 ISO), 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) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
7 months older
$830 (body only)
$977 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)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 80.0
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

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 D750

Nikon D750
3 years newer
$1,499 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,397 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
  • Much 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 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$769 - $899 (body only)
$869 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 80.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.5 bits vs 23.5 bits

common strengths of the 70D and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
2 years newer
$1,279 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,997 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D5100)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 94.0 vs 80.0
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D610 and D5100

  • Good dynamic range: 14.4 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
4 years newer
$1,600 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,597 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D5100)

  • Heavier: 860 g vs 560 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,600.00 vs $624.00

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)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.5 bits

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 $624.00

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 9.8 MP), records movies in 24p, has in-camera HDR and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
1 year older
$599

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the D5100)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the D5100)

  • No 24p support
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P100 and D5100

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Flip-out screens
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has an external mic jack, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a significantly longer battery life (660 shots vs 420 shots).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP), much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 179).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$598 - $698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the A6000 and D5100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 80.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 13.6 EV

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$437 (body only)
$365 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D5100)

  • Much smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.1"
  • Much lighter: 210 g vs 560 g

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the D5100)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the A5000 and D5100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Good image quality: 79.0 vs 80.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 13.6 EV