Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Samsung NX11

Nikon D5100 vs Samsung NX11

Winner
Nikon D5100

68

Samsung NX11

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX11

Size
Really small
Mid size (123×87×40 mm)
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
1.6"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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 36 lenses
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More than 5.5x more lenses available
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 553 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality: 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the NX11
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
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
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly 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 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$368.00 vs $557.59
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The best price we've seen is $190 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Samsung NX11

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Size
Significantly smaller
123×87×40 mm vs 127×97×79 mm
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2.3x smaller
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
499 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5100Pentamirror
              NX11Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5100560 g
              NX11499 g
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $370 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Larger screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 body only

              $1,006 with 55-300mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Samsung NX11 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX10

              Samsung NX10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $520 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Samsung NX20

              Samsung NX20

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $638 body only

              $606 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Dynamic range More dynamic range

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