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 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 slightly more color depth (23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 11.5 EV), has a screen which flips out, has in-camera HDR and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP), lacks built-in panoramas, has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 39) and has slightly fewer cross-type focus points (1 vs 9).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$465 (body only)
$379 - $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)
$397 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
$413 (body only)
$450 - $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
$515 (body only)
$759 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
$459 (body only)
$419 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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$325 (body only)
$355 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D5100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D5100)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse color depth: 21.9 bits vs 23.5 bits

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

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 slightly more color depth (23.5 bits vs 22.3 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 11.5 EV), lets you preview your photos on the screen and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,183 ISO vs 2,956 ISO), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.51x vs 0.65x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 6.5 fps) and has slightly more startup delay (500 ms vs 300 ms).

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
4 years newer
$1,599 - $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)

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 years newer
$1,471 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,126 - $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 D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$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)
  • Light weight: 925 g vs 560 g

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
7 months older
$780 (body only)
$1,255 75-300mm 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 D600

Nikon D600
1 year newer
$2,199 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (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
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the D5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D600 and D5100

  • Good dynamic range: 14.2 EV vs 13.6 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
5 years older
$1,799 (body only)
$1,000 18-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D5100)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.51x

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D5100)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly worse image quality: 64.0 vs 80.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.6 EV

common strengths of the D200 and D5100

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $999.99 vs $574.00

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 digital), has much wider dynamic range (13.6 EV vs 13.1 EV), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,183 ISO vs 1,347 ISO), has much lower image quality (80.0 vs 82.0), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has much less color depth (23.5 bits vs 24.1 bits) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
5 years newer
$1,398 (body only)
$1,498 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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the D5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the D5100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 660 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the E-M10 II and D5100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$539 - $548 (body only)
$579 - $648 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 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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 80.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.5 bits