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

Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Live view
Has live view
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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.5 EV
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S3 Pro

Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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 3.0" vs 2.0"
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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
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 60.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 235k dots
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Around 4x higher resolution screen
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
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
Size Significantly smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 148x135x80 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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
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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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        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%
        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
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        S3 Pro:APS-C 23.0x15.5mm
        D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 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

        $629 - $700 body only

        $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 - $1,050 body only

        $930 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,147 body only

        $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5000

        Nikon D5000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 with 18-55mm lens

        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

        Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Competitors

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        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 D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $654 with 18-200mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        True resolution Lower true resolution
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        Nikon D1X

        Pro DSLR

        Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
        Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

        Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

        Pro DSLR

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

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 body only

        $747 with 18-55mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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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.