As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5100 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D5100's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5200 and the D7200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS 6D)

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, can focus continuously while recording movies and is slightly less expensive ($372.11 vs $549.95).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly 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 D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$600 (body only)
$567 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
  • 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
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
3 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (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: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D5100)

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

common strengths of the D7200 and D5100

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

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
  • Significantly 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
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year newer
$550 (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
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$473 (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

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3300 and D5100

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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 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
  • 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
  • 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 a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies, slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs professional size (149×112×78 mm)) and is slightly less expensive ($372.11 vs $1,999.00).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 36.2 MP) and it's body is not weather sealed.

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 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
  • Fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 6D and D5100

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $372.11
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 560 g

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
2 years newer
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $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
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

common strengths of the D610 and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Very inexpensive: $789.99 vs $372.11
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 560 g

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
3 years newer
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D5100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D810 and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1 year newer
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 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: $949.00 vs $372.11

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

  • 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

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 a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 13 lenses).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.61x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 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
  • Significantly 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
  • Inexpensive: $362.87 vs $372.11

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 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

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $372.11

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D5100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the D5100)

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

common strengths of the A5000 and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $498.00 vs $372.11
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5100)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 660 shots

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and D5100

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
5 years newer
$699 - $749 (body only)
$700 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the D5100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 660 shots

common strengths of the X-T20 and D5100

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $699.00 vs $372.11

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$469 - $629 (body only)
$649 - $749 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the D5100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (109×66×32 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the EOS M and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $449.96 vs $372.11