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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.51x vs 0.46x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 1000 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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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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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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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        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
        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D5100:Contrast detection
        DMC-L10:None
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D5100:1080p @ 30fps
        DMC-L10:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Size Is slightly larger
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $629 - $700 body only

        $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 - $1,050 body only

        $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,231 body only

        $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $433 - $440 body only

        $560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Color depth Better color depth
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 body only

        $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Lowest price More expensive
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $783 - $797 body only

        $881 - $897 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

        Advantages

        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
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Much larger
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Color depth Better color depth
        Live view No live view
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $509 body only

        $450 - $622 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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