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 D5600 and the D3200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS Rebel T5)

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 1500 ms), has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

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 doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 5 fps).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
similar age

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D5100)

  • Larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

common strengths of the T3i and D5100

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

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
5 years newer
$530 - $597 (body only)
$569 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much less startup delay: 200 ms vs 500 ms

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

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year newer
$680 (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)

  • 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
$394 (body only)
$500 - $510 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D5100)

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

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Many 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 D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$480 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Shoots faster: 5 fps vs 4 fps

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 records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies, is significantly smaller (prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs professional size (147×114×74 mm)) and is significantly lighter (560 g vs 860 g).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 20 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 8 fps) and has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms).

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,660 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D5100)

  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 4 fps
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.51x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 560 g

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)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $1,544.89

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
7 months older
$2,360 100mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D5100)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5.3 fps vs 4 fps
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 660 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

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
$1,339 - $1,397 (body only)
$1,719 - $1,897 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D5100)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D5100)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

common strengths of the D750 and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 560 g

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$935 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

common strengths of the 70D and D5100

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

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1 year newer
$1,599 (body only)
$1,448 - $1,999 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the D5100)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 4 fps
  • Many more focus points: 65 vs 11
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 910 g vs 560 g

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,173.19 vs $1,544.89

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D5100)

  • Shoots much faster: 6 fps vs 4 fps
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.51x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

common strengths of the D300 and D5100

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,799.00 vs $1,544.89
  • Built-in flashes

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), has an external mic jack, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a significantly longer battery life (660 shots vs 400 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), 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) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$348 (body only)
$398 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

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$398 - $425 (body only)
$448 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
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 660 shots

common strengths of the A6000 and D5100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
2 years newer
$998 - $1,498 (body only)
$1,699 14-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH4 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH4 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the DMC-GH4 and D5100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the 5T (vs the D5100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 4 fps
  • Much smaller: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the 5T (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 660 shots

common strengths of the 5T and D5100

  • 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 slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), takes significantly higher resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%), is older (april 2011 vs january 2016), doesn't have a built-in GPS and is much more expensive ($1,544.89 vs $384.21).

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
4 years newer
$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
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and D5100

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 560 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.1"

Fujifilm FinePix S2950

Fujifilm FinePix S2950
similar age
$325

Significant advantages of the S2950 (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S2950 (vs the D5100)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the S2950 and D5100

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×73×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 3.1"
  • Light weight: 437 g vs 560 g

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
1 year newer
$384

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the D5100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 660 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the P520 and D5100

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Thin: 4" vs 3.1"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 560 g

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

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7 years newer
$549

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX70 HS (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX70 HS (vs the D5100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 325 shots vs 660 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the PowerShot SX70 HS and D5100

  • Fairly small: Large (127×91×117 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Light weight: 608 g vs 560 g