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

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

71

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Nikon D80

35

Nikon D80

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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 D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
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
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
Weight Lighter 560 g vs 668 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $378.00 vs $569.00
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The best price we've seen is $191 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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 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 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
              D80: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%
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D5100:Contrast detection
              D80:None
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps
              D80:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 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 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $844 - $940 with 18-105mm 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 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

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $667 with 18-200mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Much smaller
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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