Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro vs Nikon D5200

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 image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
 

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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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro

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

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 20.9 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 235k dots
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Around 4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Much 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
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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
127x96x78 mm vs 148x135x80 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
Weight
Significantly lighter
560 g vs 930 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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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recommendations

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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              S3 Pro:94%
              D5100:95%
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S3 Pro:12.1 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S3 Pro:1,600 ISO
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              S3 Pro:2.0"
              D5100:3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $553 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $707 body only

              $904 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,319 body only

              $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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
              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 D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,935 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
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              Nikon D2X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,571 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $900 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Better color depth
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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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.