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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 3.5x more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
660 shots vs 420 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
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
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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Advantages of the Sony A5000

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Size
Significantly smaller
110×63×36 mm vs 127×97×79 mm
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3.9x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.4" vs 3.1"
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2.2x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
210 g vs 560 g
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2.7x lighter
True resolution
Higher true resolution
19.8 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The A5000's maximum light sensitivity is 2.6 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D5100660 shots
              A5000420 shots
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D5100$372.11
              A5000$498.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D51001080p @ 30fps
              A50001080p @ 24fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D51004 fps
              A50003.5 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D51006,400 ISO
              A500016,000 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D5100920k dots
              A5000460k dots

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