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
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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
        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
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D5100:6,400 ISO
        D60:1,600 ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D5100:0.51x
        D60:0.52x
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        D5100:11
        D60:3
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D5100:Contrast detection
        D60:None
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D5100:1080p @ 30fps
        D60:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 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 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 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 D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $375 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $689 - $929 body only

        $749 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is significantly 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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        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 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
        Nikon D40

        Nikon D40

        Entry-level DSLR

        $459 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Size Slightly smaller
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Nikon D70

        Nikon D70

        Pro DSLR

        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Screen size Much smaller screen

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