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 D3400 and the D5600) 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 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 24.1 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 5 fps).

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
5 years newer
$400 (body only)
$368 - $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: $367.90 vs $350.00

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
5 years newer
$647 (body only)
$609 - $747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much less startup delay: 200 ms vs 500 ms
  • Much less shutter lag: 111 ms vs 273 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 D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$399 (body only)
$397 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

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year newer
$300 (body only)
$419 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
$399 (body only)
$500 - $514 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

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$463 (body only)
$534 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
  • 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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5100 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 12.2 EV), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies, slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses) and is slightly smaller (prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs professional size (151×116×76 mm)).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,183 ISO vs 2,303 ISO), has much lower image quality (80.0 vs 93.0), has much less color depth (23.5 bits vs 24.8 bits), has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,620k dots).

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 years newer
$1,370 - $1,797 (body only)
$1,956 - $2,297 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)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
5 years newer
$2,720 - $3,299 (body only)
$3,399 - $4,199 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.51x
  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (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 IV and D5100

  • Fairly small: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $199.85 vs $350.00
  • Light weight: 890 g vs 560 g

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
2 years newer
$1,179 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,900 - $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

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$1,299 (body only)
$1,499 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

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
2 years older
$107 (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 a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), records movies in 24p, has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 1400 ms) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 60 fps).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$442 - $498 (body only)
$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%
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP

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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 660 shots

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
5 months newer
$534 (body only)
$999 10-30mm lens

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
  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 660 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the J1 and D5100

  • Incredible startup delay: 1400 ms vs 500 ms
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Incredible shutter lag: 94 ms vs 273 ms