Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D80

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

72

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Nikon D80

35

Nikon D80

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

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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 524 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D80
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 61.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
Cheaper
$384.95 vs $545.00
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The best price we've seen is $160 cheaper (around 30% less)
Weight
Lighter
560 g vs 668 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
250 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              500 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              D80:3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              D80:10 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              D80:1,600 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier

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