Updated (December 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D800

100

Nikon D5100

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.

competitors

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,199 - $2,797 body only

$2,900 - $3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,486 - $1,797 body only

$2,126 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,033 - $2,299 body only

$2,399 - $2,899 with 24-105mm lens

Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$462 body only

$390 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$396 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
True resolution Higher true resolution
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$515 body only

$759 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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