Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D3X

Nikon D3X

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Nikon D3X

88

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Nikon D5100

67

Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Size Much smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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2.3x smaller
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Weight Much lighter 560 g vs 1,260 g
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2.2x lighter
Lowest price Much cheaper $352.00 vs $6,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $6,647 cheaper (19.9x less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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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
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.4 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 13 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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 Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              D3X:1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              D3X:5 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 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

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $833 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D3X Competitors

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              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,197 with 28-300mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,150 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,949 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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