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

Nikon D3 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
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95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,290 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9 fps
 

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

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Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$1,178 body only

Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
Size Significantly smaller
Battery life Much shorter battery life
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Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
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Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,349 - $2,797 body only

$3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Nikon D5100 Competitors

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Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
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Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$747 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$677 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

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