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 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), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.55x), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 5 fps) and lacks built-in panoramas.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$447 (body only)
$400 - $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
$300 (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)

  • 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
$396 - $597 (body only)
$470 - $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

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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
similar age
$497 (body only)
$400 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
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 80.0

common strengths of the T3i and D5100

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

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$378 (body only)
$441 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
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 9 vs 1

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 D7000

Nikon D7000
6 months older
$899 (body only)
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D5100)

  • Many more cross-type focus points: 9 vs 1
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.51x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D5100)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • 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

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.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 years newer
$1,531 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,221 - $2,297 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
  • Significantly 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

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
2 years newer
$1,220 - $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
  • Significantly 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)

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
7 months older
$929 (body only)
$1,168 18-135mm 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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 80.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.5 bits

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 D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$300 (body only)
$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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 80.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps

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)
  • Very inexpensive: $300.00 vs $574.00

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
4 years newer
$1,699 - $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)

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$723 - $799 (body only)
$868 - $899 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

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

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), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (660 shots vs 350 shots).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,183 ISO vs 1,347 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.67x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$449 - $498 (body only)
$578 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D5100)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 660 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and D5100

  • Very 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 a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
5 years newer
$1,298 (body only)
$1,498 - $1,746 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 11
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 660 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
5 years newer
$1,397 - $1,599 (body only)
$1,810 - $1,899 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Many more focus points: 325 vs 11
  • Weather sealed

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
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the X-T2 and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80
5 years newer
$550 (body only)
$704 12-32mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX80 (vs the D5100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 660 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the DMC-GX80 and D5100

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$448 (body only)
$400 - $498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D5100)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the D5100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 660 shots

common strengths of the A5100 and D5100

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 80.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 13.6 EV