Nikon D5100 vs Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.5 EV
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Items often bought with the Nikon D5100 or Fujifilm S3 Pro

galleries

Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro

Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.5 EV vs 13 EV
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Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2"
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More than 50% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 20.9 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 235k dots
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Around 4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 60.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality: 1.8 f-stops higher ISO than the S3 Pro
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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 type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Much smaller
127×97×79 mm vs 148×135×80 mm
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Around 40% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
560 g vs 930 g
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Around 40% lighter
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
95% vs 94%
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Almost the same
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3 Pro$495.00
              D5100$368.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              S3 Pro94%
              D510095%
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S3 Pro1,600 ISO
              D51006,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S3 Pro12.1 MP
              D510016.1 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              S3 Pro2"
              D51003"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,740 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

              Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

              Pro DSLR

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Better color depth
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              discussion

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              Chrishschan2008 (2:01 AM, March 29, 2012)
              Should not use these two for comparison, old man and a young boy, they are at lest 5-6 years or more apart. If the D5100 still cannot match or higher with the S3, then Nikon technology should not in the being.
              Fuji S3 pro still looks very professional when comparing with Nikon D5100 a cheapy look camera.