Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D60

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Nikon D60

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Nikon D60

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D60

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 562 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the D60
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.4 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Battery life Longer battery life 660 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Focus points More focus points 11 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $449.00 vs $839.99
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The best price we've seen is $391 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D60

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Size Much smaller 126x94x64 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 260 ms vs 273 ms
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 522 g vs 560 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              500 ms startup delay
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              D60:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Lens focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              D60:3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              D60:10 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              D60:1,600 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5100:273 ms
              D60:260 ms
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D5100:0.51x
              D60:0.52x
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D5100:Contrast detection
              D60:None
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D5100:11
              D60:3
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps
              D60:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 - $629 body only

              $816 - $848 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $930 - $1,198 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5100.

              Nikon D60 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $343 - $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Focus points More focus points
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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