Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Olympus E-5

Nikon D5100 vs Olympus E-5

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Nikon D5100

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Olympus E-5

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-5

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.58x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 519 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality: 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the E-5
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.5 EV
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3.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 34 lenses
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Around 7x more lenses available
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$368.00 vs $1,680.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,312 cheaper (4.6x less)
Size
Much smaller
127×97×79 mm vs 143×117×75 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
560 g vs 892 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Olympus E-5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.58x vs 0.51x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
870 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D510016.1 MP
              E-512.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D51001080p @ 30fps
              E-5720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Color depth Better color depth
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Olympus E-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $750 - $1,299 body only

              $1,177 with 12-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $890 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Olympus E-30

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,278 body only

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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