Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Nikon D5100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

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Nikon D5100

64

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Weight
Light-weight
430 g
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 64.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1800 ms
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3.6x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1.4 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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
660 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
273 ms vs 336 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 772 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$354.09 vs $450.00
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The best price we've seen is $96 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH1

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Size
Slightly smaller
124x90x76 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 560 g
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More than 20% lighter
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5100Pentamirror
              DMC-GH1Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D51003.1"
              DMC-GH13"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D51001
              DMC-GH10
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              D5100127x96x78 mm
              DMC-GH1124x90x76 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $716 body only

              $1,030 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $480 body only

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,380 - $1,698 body only

              $2,100 - $3,141 with 35-100mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $600 with 14-45mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $410 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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