Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Nikon D5100

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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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 429 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-L10
Overall image quality Much better image quality 80.0 vs 55.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
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 10.8 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 207k dots
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Around 4.5x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 660 shots vs 450 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 1000 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.51x vs 0.46x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 135x96x78 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-L10

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 230 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.1"
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D5100:4 fps
        DMC-L10:3 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D5100:16.1 MP
        DMC-L10:10 MP
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D5100:0.51x
        DMC-L10:0.46x
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D5100:6,400 ISO
        DMC-L10:1,600 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D5100:Contrast detection
        DMC-L10:None
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D5100:1080p @ 30fps
        DMC-L10:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $647 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Weight Is much heavier
        Size Is much larger

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 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 D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $929 body only

        $833 - $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
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $695 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $899 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Olympus E-520

        Olympus E-520

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $748 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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