Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D3

Nikon D3 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D3

133

Nikon D5100

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,290 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

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
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3.

competitors

Nikon D3 Competitors

Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,379 - $1,497 body only

$1,956 - $1,997 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$105 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$310 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 - $597 body only

$519 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

discussion

Nikon D3
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