Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100 vs Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

38

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
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.5 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.60x
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S5 Pro

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Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.51x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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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
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 448 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the S5 Pro
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 147x113x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
560 g vs 920 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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
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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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S5 Pro:3,200 ISO
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S5 Pro:12.1 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              S5 Pro:2.5"
              D5100:3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $652 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 body only

              $902 with 55-300mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $900 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

              Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

              Pro DSLR

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $536 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $234 body only

              $374 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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