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 D3200 and the D3300) and Canon (such as the Kiss X5 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, has in-camera HDR, can focus continuously while recording movies and is slightly less expensive ($368.00 vs $559.00).

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 slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 39), is older (april 2011 vs october 2013) and is thicker (3.1" vs 3").

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year newer
$289 (body only)
$349 - $447 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

  • Good image quality: 81.0 vs 80.0
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$430 - $497 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
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D5100)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3300 and D5100

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 80.0
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$405 - $497 (body only)
$479 - $500 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

  • Good image quality: 84.0 vs 80.0
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
3 years newer
$559 - $747 (body only)
$689 - $847 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the D5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5500 and D5100

  • Good image quality: 84.0 vs 80.0
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon Kiss X5

Canon Kiss X5
similar age
$1,299 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X5 (vs the D5100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the X5 (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 80.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13 EV

common strengths of the X5 and D5100

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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$465 - $647 (body only)
$549 - $747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D5100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and D5100

  • Good image quality: 83.0 vs 80.0
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

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, has in-camera HDR, slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses) and is slightly smaller (prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs professional size (141×113×82 mm)).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,183 ISO vs 2,853 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.70x) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24.2 MP).

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 years newer
$1,585 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,125 - $2,697 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
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $1,584.99 vs $368.00
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 560 g

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
7 months older
$818 (body only)
$960 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D5100)

  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D5100)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 80.0
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

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)

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$799 - $999 (body only)
$950 - $1,099 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

  • Much less shutter lag: 75 ms vs 273 ms
  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D5100)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13 EV
  • Worse image quality: 68.0 vs 80.0

common strengths of the 70D 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 D610

Nikon D610
2 years newer
$1,174 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,649 - $1,997 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D5100)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,980 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 94.0 vs 80.0
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D5100)

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

common strengths of the D610 and D5100

  • Inexpensive: $1,174.00 vs $368.00
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 560 g
  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$1,500 (body only)
$1,999 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D5100)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.51x
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D5100)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 80.0
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the D300 and D5100

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,500.00 vs $368.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
3 years newer
$2,419 - $2,997 (body only)
$3,697 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D5100)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,853 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 97.0 vs 80.0
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the D5100)

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

common strengths of the D810 and D5100

  • Each has a built-in flash

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 doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and lacks built-in panoramas.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D5100)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 80.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 13 EV

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$448 (body only)
$548 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D5100)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a touch screen
  • Many more focus points: 179 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the D5100)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the A5100 and D5100

  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 80.0
  • Good dynamic range: 12.7 EV vs 13 EV
  • 24p support