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

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Weight
Light-weight
430 g
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Overall image quality Significantly 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
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 500 ms vs 1800 ms
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3.6x less delay when turning on
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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 size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 273 ms vs 336 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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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 Common Weaknesses
        External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        For that film look
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        D5100:Pentamirror
        DMC-GH1:Digital
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        D5100:3.1"
        DMC-GH1:3"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weight Heavy Help
        D5100:560 g
        DMC-GH1:430 g
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        D5100:1
        DMC-GH1:0
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Size Large Help
        D5100:127x96x78 mm
        DMC-GH1:124x90x76 mm
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $697 - $747 body only

        $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $815 - $947 body only

        $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T4i

        Canon Rebel T4i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $525 - $700 body only

        $845 - $950 with 18-135mm 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

        $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,079 body only

        $1,099 - $1,499 with 28-135mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is much heavier

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $415 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Significantly 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 body only

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $549 - $699 body only

        $489 - $816 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Weight Lighter
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $265 - $387 body only

        $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Slightly smaller
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,028 body only

        $1,150 with 14-42mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $320 body only

        $450 - $509 with 14-42mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,498 - $1,700 body only

        $3,000 - $3,171 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-GX1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $398 body only

        $570 with 14-42mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Significantly smaller
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $798 body only

        $1,230 with 20mm lens

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Size Larger
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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