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

Nikon D5100

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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 light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
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
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
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $352.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,247 cheaper (4.5x less)
Weight Much lighter 560 g vs 892 g
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Around 40% lighter
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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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              E-5:5 fps
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps
              E-5:720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much 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

              $747 body only

              $847 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 significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $833 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 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 significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Olympus E-5 Competitors

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              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

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

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,099 - $1,299 body only

              $1,770 - $2,155 with 12-40mm 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

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $999 body only

              $999 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Much smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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