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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$372.11 vs $566.94
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The best price we've seen is $195 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Size
Slightly smaller
127×97×79 mm vs 129×98×78 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5100 does so at a lower frame rate
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5100273 ms
              D5200302 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              500 ms startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.51x
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D51004 fps
              D52005 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D510016.1 MP
              D520024 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D5100920k dots
              D5200921k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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