As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5100 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Nikon D5100's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3400 and the D3200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the Rebel T4i)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 700 ms), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and is much less expensive ($350.00 vs $1,267.25).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.55x), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 5 fps).

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
5 years newer
$326 (body only)
$398 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 660 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3400 and D5100

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $325.99 vs $350.00

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
similar age
$708 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

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)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and D5100

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

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year newer
$358 (body only)

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)

  • 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 D7000

Nikon D7000
6 months older
$3,532 18-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly heavier: 780 g vs 560 g

common strengths of the D7000 and D5100

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

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
1 year newer
$1,267 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the D5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the T4i and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$399 (body only)
$395 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D5100)

  • 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)

  • 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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much better image quality (80.0 vs 74.0), has much more color depth (23.5 bits vs 22.8 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 11.9 EV), has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,183 ISO vs 2,303 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 20.7 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,280,000 ISO).

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
2 years newer
$1,100 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,886 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D5100)

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

common strengths of the D610 and D5100

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 94.0 vs 80.0
  • Excellent color depth: 25.1 bits vs 23.5 bits

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
2 years older
$2,323 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the D5100)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.51x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and D5100

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,815 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 79.0 vs 80.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.5 bits

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
7 months older
$1,497 (body only)
$1,570 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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.5 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 80.0

common strengths of the 60D and D5100

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
4 years newer
$5,126 - $6,497 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Large (160×159×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D5 and D5100

  • None found

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
1 year older
$5,697 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1D Mark IV (vs the D5100)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 1D Mark IV (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Large (156×157×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

common strengths of the 1D Mark IV and D5100

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,320 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 74.0 vs 80.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.8 bits vs 23.5 bits

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
2 years older
$90 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the D5100)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.51x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly heavier: 1,074 g vs 560 g

common strengths of the D700 and D5100

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,303 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 80.0 vs 80.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.5 bits vs 23.5 bits

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), records movies in 24p, has significantly less startup delay (500 ms vs 1700 ms), has a screen which flips out and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.71x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 60 fps).

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
5 months newer
$410 (body only)
$729 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the D5100)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 4 fps
  • Much smaller: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the J1 and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $409.98 vs $350.00

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$348 (body only)
$448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D5100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Much smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the A5100 and D5100

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the D5100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much more startup delay: 1900 ms vs 500 ms

common strengths of the 5N and D5100

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 460 shots vs 660 shots

Sony A7

Sony A7
2 years newer
$749 - $798 (body only)
$998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the D5100)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 660 shots
  • Much more startup delay: 1700 ms vs 500 ms

common strengths of the A7 and D5100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies

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 230k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 320 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and is older (april 2011 vs march 2012).

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR
3 months older

Significant advantages of the HS20 EXR (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the HS20 EXR (vs the D5100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 660 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the HS20 EXR and D5100

  • Fairly small: Large (131×91×126 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 660 shots
  • Light weight: 730 g vs 560 g

Nikon Coolpix L310

Nikon Coolpix L310
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the L310 (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L310 (vs the D5100)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 660 shots
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the L310 and D5100

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 420 shots vs 660 shots
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 3.1"