Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Olympus E-5

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Olympus E-5

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Olympus E-5

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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
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-5

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.58x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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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
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.5 EV
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2.5 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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Size
Much smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 143x117x75 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$378.00 vs $1,680.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,302 cheaper (4.4x less)
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
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
Weight
Much lighter
560 g vs 892 g
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Around 40% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus E-5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.58x vs 0.51x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
              D5100:16.1 MP
              E-5:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              E-5:5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Olympus E-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $659 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,068 - $1,319 body only

              $1,683 - $2,099 with 12-40mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $800 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 body only

              $1,500 with 12-60mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus E-510

              Olympus E-510

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Much smaller
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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