Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D5000

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Nikon D5100

71

Nikon D5000

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for 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 D5000.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$329 body only

$397 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$269 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$429 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag More shutter lag

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$269 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$329 body only

$397 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

$529 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

discussion

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Ann (11:37 PM, August 12, 2013)
I am owning currently a Nikon D5100 and bought it with the thought in mind that it would have better image quality than the D5000. I am a little disappointed. So the Nikon D5100 better distinguishes nuances and color depth according to DXO-marks reviews (although the differences are really not that big). There are also a lot of usability features that are improved with the D5100 - better viewfinder and resolution on screen etc. But there is one large drawback as I see it, and that goes for most SRL cameras that are produced these days.

I am not too good at explaining the technical stuff - so read it here. http://6mpixel.org/en/6-megapixel-the-best-compromise/

The main point is as follows. After a certain pixel count, pixel SIZE are preferable over COUNT of pixels. Because consumers think more (pixels) means better (image) quality - producers tend to cram more pixels into the same sensor size - like they have done with this model. However that diminishes the pixel size with the effect of more noise in low light situation, less clarity (because some pixels are so small that they do not correctly interpret light etc.)

In my opinion the pictures from the D5100 look less sharp than from the D5000 in the focus points compared to the background. I have seen photos with the same lens on from both cameras and the differences are consistent. Think about that when you think about going for a camera with more than 12 MP.
 
Avatar for Satyam Joshi Satyam Joshi (4:20 PM, October 14, 2012)
D5100 stands out...its the best entry level..in specifications and all technical part !
 
Avatar for Sohel Shams Sohel Shams (10:05 AM, October 03, 2012)
I've D5000. It is good. But I don't know about D5100. I think these two are much more similar other than little changes in specifications.
 
Henry_sapungan (9:16 AM, May 03, 2012)
I already bought my d5100 just last summer of 2012 for P35K in Manila. I am truly enjoying those feature things and stuffs and I may recommend this camera to all advanced  photo shooters for it got lots of options and adjustments. I'm totally satisfied as commercial photo-video  shooter 'cause I'm  latest owner of D5100 in my place now. I'm proud of this, AMEN.
 
Henry_sapungan (7:48 PM, February 02, 2012)

yeah.. I agreed to that. but it cost a lot of money. 
 
Laura (1:00 AM, July 28, 2011)
i agree the menu is too complicated!
 
miket (0:58 AM, July 28, 2011)
D5100 is so much better <3 i got d5100 and its amazing
 
Laura (0:54 AM, July 28, 2011)
i agree with you (y)
 
Esenjay (4:36 PM, July 10, 2011)
The only complaint I have about my D5000 is that audio during video capture is very bad in loud noise situations.  I'm wondering if the optional external mike on the D5100 helps in that situation.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:13 PM, May 30, 2011)
In bright light situations its not an issue.  It starts to become an issue in lower light, say indoors, or evenings.  Also, the longer a focal length you use, the more risk there is of blur from hand-shake, for example at 300mm.  Another thing to keep in mind is the aperture of the lens, at longer focal lengths with consumer lenses you tend to get narrow apertures like f/5.6, which let in less light.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:58 PM, May 30, 2011)
If you set up the camera correctly, you will not have a problems with image blur.
 
Markreeves (4:55 PM, May 30, 2011)
How difficult is it to get great non-blurring pictures without image stabilization?
 
Annelintest (11:08 AM, May 01, 2011)
I disagree. I have got a D5100 and it's not difficult to use. I'm only 15 and It was a really good buy!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:13 PM, April 25, 2011)
They are both good, but the D5100 is just one step up over the D5000
 
Uuh (4:54 AM, April 24, 2011)
My friend has a d5100 and he didn't like it. The menu is too complicated and it's difficult to use it.
 
Guest (4:51 AM, April 24, 2011)
I disagree. I have a D5000 and it's realy good! It's awesome! You have to choose a camera according you needs.
 
Henry (4:49 AM, April 24, 2011)
Well, both of then are good. But the 5100 seems be better.
 
Jenny (4:47 AM, April 24, 2011)
I really think that d5100 is better. I want to buy one soon.
 
Guest (7:59 AM, April 22, 2011)
which one is good?