Updated (September 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon 1 J1

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Nikon D5100

60

Nikon 1 J1

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Size
Really small
Compact (106×61×30 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$400 body only

$368 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$609 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$349 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$400 with 14-42mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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