Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
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 Leica D-LUX 5

Size
Really small
Compact 110x65x25 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
1"
Weight
Light-weight
271 g
 
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Advantages of the Leica D-LUX 5

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Significantly smaller 110x65x25 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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5.4x smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 1" vs 3.1"
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3.1x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 271 g vs 560 g
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2.1x lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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More than 7x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $449.00 vs $923.00
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The best price we've seen is $474 cheaper (2.1x less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
D-LUX 5:2.5 fps
D5100:4 fps
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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competitors

Shared Competitors

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No significant shared competitors found.

Leica D-LUX 5 Competitors

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Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$700

Aperture Wider aperture
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Leica V-Lux 40

Leica V-Lux 40

Travel zoom

$769 - $782

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$1,197

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Slightly lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
Lowest price More expensive
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$355

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Lowest price Cheaper
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Leica V-Lux 4

Leica V-Lux 4

Super zoom

$871

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Much larger

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Size Slightly smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $749 body only

$550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$747 with 18-55mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Battery life Shorter battery life
Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

Size Slightly smaller
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$647 with 18-55mm lens

Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Lowest price More expensive

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