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

Nikon D5100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Winner
Nikon D5100

72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

27

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

differences

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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 450 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
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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Nikon D5100 Nikon D5100 72
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D510016.1 MP
              DMC-L1010 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D51004 fps
              DMC-L103 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D51000.51x
              DMC-L100.46x
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D51006,400 ISO
              DMC-L101,600 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D51001080p @ 30fps
              DMC-L10None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $365 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $569 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5100.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 - $559 body only

              $598 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Olympus E-520

              Olympus E-520

              Entry-level DSLR

              $589 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

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

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