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

Nikon D5100 vs Leica D-LUX 5

Nikon D5100
Leica D-LUX 5

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Leica D-LUX 5. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

differences

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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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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$354.09 vs $1,462.07
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The best price we've seen is $1,108 cheaper (4.1x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
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
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
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Leica D-LUX 5.

similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Common Weaknesses
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$724 body only

$947 with 55-300mm lens

Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1

Entry-level DSLR

$399 - $549 body only

$499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Leica D-LUX 5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$700

3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$2,299

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Slightly lighter
Lowest price More expensive
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328

3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Leica V-Lux 40

Leica V-Lux 40

Travel zoom

$1,799

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,499

Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$279 - $557 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Size Slightly smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 - $547 body only

$499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Shorter battery life
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$612 with 75-300mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$697 body only

$579 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Screen size Larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Lowest price More expensive

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