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

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

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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
 

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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
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
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

              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"
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 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
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 body only

              $950 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              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-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Olympus E-510

              Olympus E-510

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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