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

Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

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
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
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
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Size Smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 147x113x74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Much 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"
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        S5 Pro:APS-C 23.0x15.5mm
        D3100:APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
        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

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $657 body only

        $389 - $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
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $469 body only

        $485 - $669 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 D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $950 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
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $674 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
        Nikon D5000

        Nikon D5000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,164 body only

        $761 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $597 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

        Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

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        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

        $2,200 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        $4,337 body only

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Color depth Better color depth
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Size Larger

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $680 - $700 body only

        $489 - $820 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
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $418 body only

        $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $550 body only

        $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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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.