Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

72

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Samsung Galaxy Camera

54

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy Camera

Screen size
Large screen
4.8"
Size
Really small
Compact 128x70x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
Help
Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
660 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 16s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Samsung Camera

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Screen size
Much larger screen
4.8" vs 3.0"
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60% larger screen
Size
Significantly smaller
128x70x19 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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5.5x smaller
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
Help
Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness
Much thinner
0.8" vs 3.1"
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4.1x thinner
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Weight
Significantly lighter
300 g vs 560 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$79.50 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $270 cheaper (4.4x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses

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

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $443 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $547 body only

              $480 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $460 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $280 body only

              $389 - $410 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

              Samsung Galaxy Camera Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              GoPro HD Hero 2

              Waterproof

              $880

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Waterproof Waterproof
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Travel zoom

              $240 - $400

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom More zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

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