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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Much smaller
127×97×79 mm vs 160×157×88 mm
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2.3x smaller
Lens availability
More lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.6 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Weight
Much lighter
560 g vs 1,300 g
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2.3x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.1" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,290 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
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The D3 has a slight edge (1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
88 ms vs 273 ms
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3.1x less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Much longer battery life
4300 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 6.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.51x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$63.07 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $336 cheaper (6.3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D51001,183 ISO
              D32,290 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D510080.0
              D381.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.5 bits
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D5100$399.00
              D3$63.07
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D5100500 ms
              D3300 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D510016.1 MP
              D312.1 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D5100920k dots
              D3922k dots

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