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 D3200 and the D5200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS Rebel T6i)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 1500 ms), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP), has much more shutter lag (273 ms vs 200 ms), has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 39) and is older (april 2011 vs october 2013).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year newer
$450 (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 D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$359 (body only)

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

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

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
5 years newer
$397 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: $359.00 vs $350.00

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
7 months older
$520 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly thinner: 2.9" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D5100)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3100 and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $279.00 vs $350.00

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
similar age
$946 18-135mm 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)

  • 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 D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$439 (body only)
$500 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 920k dots

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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much more color depth (23.5 bits vs 22.2 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 12.1 EV), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,183 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), has much lower image quality (80.0 vs 82.0), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 2,359k dots) and significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
7 months older
$2,568 (body only)
$1,499 18-200mm 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 D750

Nikon D750
3 years newer
$1,419 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,899 - $1,997 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D5100)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D5100

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 93.0 vs 80.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.8 bits vs 23.5 bits

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
4 years newer
$1,549 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,497 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)

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
1 year newer
$2,199 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the D5100)

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

common strengths of the D600 and D5100

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,980 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 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year newer
$999 - $1,029 (body only)
$1,399 - $1,999 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (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 6D and D5100

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 80.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.5 bits

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$1,799 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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 679 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D300 and D5100

  • Extremely good image quality: 67.0 vs 80.0
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

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 much less startup delay (500 ms vs 1900 ms), can focus continuously while recording movies and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
3 years newer
$1,210 - $1,398 (body only)
$1,598 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 660 shots
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 7 II and D5100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • 24p support
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
10 months newer
$619 - $799 (body only)
$629 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 610k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 500 shots vs 660 shots

common strengths of the E-M5 and D5100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Incredible startup delay: 1100 ms vs 500 ms
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the D5100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Much smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 460 shots vs 660 shots

common strengths of the 5N and D5100

  • Incredible startup delay: 1900 ms vs 500 ms
  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
5 years newer
$1,238 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,591 - $1,699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the D5100)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 660 shots
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the X-T2 and D5100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), 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 and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is older (april 2011 vs january 2016).

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
4 years newer
$369 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the D5100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 205 shots vs 660 shots
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and D5100

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
5 months newer
$437

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the D5100)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 380 shots vs 660 shots

common strengths of the SX40 and D5100

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Flip-out screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS