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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G5

Size
Really small
Standard size 121x74x70 mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G5

Size Smaller 121x74x70 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight Lighter 490 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution Much higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 3x more detail in your photos
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm
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More than 9.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder Has a through-the-lens viewfinder Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
G5:Tunnel
D5100:Pentamirror
Weight Heavy Help
G5:490 g
D5100:560 g
Thickness Quite thick Help
G5:2.8"
D5100:3.1"
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
G5:1.5 fps
D5100:4 fps
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$329 - $567 body only

$477 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Size Is slightly larger
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $774 body only

$200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Autofocus Lacks autofocus
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$448 with 18-55mm lens

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
Startup delay Has much more startup delay

Canon PowerShot G5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$527 - $549

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
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Pro digicam

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Screen size Larger screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$671

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
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Canon PowerShot G6

Pro digicam

Screen size Larger screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen size Much larger screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Larger

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$597 body only

$500 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Battery life Shorter battery life
Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$597 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$278 body only

$375 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

Size Slightly smaller
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$747 body only

$847 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
GPS Has a GPS
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Lowest price More expensive
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$689 - $929 body only

$775 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Battery life Longer battery life
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
Movie format Lower resolution movies

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