Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D60

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D60

Winner
Nikon D5100

69

Nikon D60

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D60

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (126×94×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

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differences

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" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$368.00 vs $775.00
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The best price we've seen is $407 cheaper (2.1x 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 4 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D60

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Size
Significantly smaller
126×94×64 mm vs 127×97×79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D510016.1 MP
              D6010 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D51006,400 ISO
              D601,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D51004 fps
              D603 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5100273 ms
              D60260 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D510011
              D603
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D51000.51x
              D600.52x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D51001080p @ 30fps
              D60None

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

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              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $847 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Nikon D60 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

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

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