Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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
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
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 60.0
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More than 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.3 more bits of color
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 330 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 655 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Lowest price Cheaper $436.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $562 cheaper (2.3x less)
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 1 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size Slightly smaller 124x90x76 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 444 g vs 560 g
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More than 20% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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
              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
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              DMC-GH2:15.9 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5100:Pentamirror
              DMC-GH2:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5100:3.1"
              DMC-GH2:3"
              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-GH2:444 g
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D5100:1
              DMC-GH2:0
              Size Large Help
              D5100:127x96x78 mm
              DMC-GH2:124x90x76 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              $715 - $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $680 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,035 - $1,098 body only

              $1,349 with 14-140mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 body only

              $415 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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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???