Nikon D3100 vs Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Nikon D3100

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

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

Items often bought with the Nikon D3100 or Fujifilm S5 Pro

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

differences

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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1.9 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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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" 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
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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-stops 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
124×97×74 mm vs 147×113×74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 920 g
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Around 50% lighter
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
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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recommendations

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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S5 ProNone
              D310012,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S5 Pro12.1 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S5 Pro65.0
              D310067.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              S5 Pro2.5"
              D31003"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S5 Pro21.6 bits
              D310022.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S5 Pro448 ISO
              D3100919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 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

              $430 - $497 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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

              $559 body only

              $755 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $267 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

              Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

              Pro DSLR

              $395 body only

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $569 body only

              $665 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth

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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.