Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D3X

Nikon D3X vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D3X

86

Nikon D5100

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,992 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
88.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.7 EV
 

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
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

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differences

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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$368.00 vs $6,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $6,627 cheaper (19x less)
Weight
Much lighter
560 g vs 1,260 g
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2.2x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.1" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D3X

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
4400 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 6.5x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,992 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
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The D3X has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.51x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Better image quality
88.0 vs 80.0
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10% better image quality
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
161 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.4 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D51006,400 ISO
              D3X1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D51004 fps
              D3X5 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D3X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $3,782 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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              Rainiercopurz (2:42 AM, December 30, 2011)
              this is a joke right?