Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro vs Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
 

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
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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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 448 ISO
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The D3100 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the S5 Pro
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 67.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 147x113x74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Weight Significantly lighter 505 g vs 920 g
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Around 50% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 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
        Thickness Thin Help
        2.9"
        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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        S5 Pro:12.1 MP
        D3100:14.2 MP
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        S5 Pro:None
        D3100:12,800 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        S5 Pro:APS-C 23.0x15.5mm
        D3100:APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        S5 Pro:65.0
        D3100:67.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        S5 Pro:21.6 bits
        D3100:22.5 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        S5 Pro:448 ISO
        D3100:919 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $1,475 with 18-135mm lens

        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

        $701 - $840 body only

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

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 - $1,147 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger

        Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

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        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $687 with 18-200mm lens

        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 D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $299 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $715 body only

        $499 - $838 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Thickness Thicker

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        Avatar for Legacy Photography Legacy Photography (1:36 AM, August 30, 2011)
        No contest in regards to the 2 camera's the S5 does not have the dedicated backing of someone like Nikon it has to use nikon mounts or other top end like canon. D3100 has battery grip option no clue where jonjo1 got his info from but all his points are void. The D3100 on every website beats the S5 pro hands down in nearly all features. Does not have better image quality or lighting than the D3100 its impossible view the specs!! you will see iam not lying and also D3100 has auto focus and 1080p HD video as a bonus. S5 pro is a donkey in comparision.
         
        Jonjo1 (11:38 AM, January 27, 2011)
        no contest, The 3100 is a DSLR entry level camera, it hasn't got half the features of the S5, the s5 produces better pictures out of camera.

        The S5 is built on a weather sealed body, The S5 is a more robust camera with the option to add a battery grip, the D3100 has no such option.

        The S5 works with virtually all nikon F mount lenses, has better lighting options and better colour.

        There's no difficulty deciding which is the more superior camera. Even though the fuji is older, it is still better than the d3100.