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

Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
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 Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.5 EV
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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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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Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        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
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        S5 Pro:12.1 MP
        D5100:16.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        S5 Pro:3,200 ISO
        D5100:6,400 ISO
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        S5 Pro:APS-C 23.0x15.5mm
        D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        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

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $629 - $769 body only

        $848 - $948 with 18-105mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 - $740 body only

        $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 body only

        $200 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thinner
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range

        Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

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        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $749 body only

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Color depth Better color depth
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        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

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        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
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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