Nikon D5100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Winner
Nikon D5100

49

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$294 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
True resolution Higher true resolution
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$309 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$400 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Battery life Shorter battery life

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 - $748 body only

$1,219 with 45-150mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,048 - $1,298 body only

$1,700 - $2,737 with 35-100mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Size Larger
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$498 body only

$593 - $648 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Image stabilization Image stabilization
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

discussion

Nikon D5100
D5100
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
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LJay (5:47 AM, September 10, 2011)
 GH2 is a great camera and has amazing, amazing, amazing video capabilities. Check out some of the hacked GH2 footage on youtube, there is some really amazing videos shot with the camera. If the amount of lenses attracts you, micro 4/3 cameras have adapters available for Voigtlander, Leica M, Nikon F or Pentax K lenses. Thats a lot of lenses available right there.
 
juan fer (4:56 AM, August 17, 2011)
I am so
confused about which one to buy, it attracts me to know that Nikon has such
amount of lenses and also is much cheaper, on the other hand, gh2 is so smaller,
lighter, quite important for me.  What I can’t
believe is the huge difference in image quality, I have seen some pictures and
they are just amazing, that is way I still have a lot of faith in lumix.


Anyone has
used the GH2???