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
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

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV
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

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 D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,531 - $1,797 body only

$2,153 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$3,677 body only

Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
Size Significantly smaller
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,220 - $1,497 body only

$1,667 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 body only

$376 - $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

$399 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$396 - $597 body only

$470 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag

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