Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Nikon D5100

52

Sony Alpha NEX-5

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
287 g
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Size Slightly smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 body only

$500 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Screen size Larger screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Battery life Much longer battery life
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $448 body only

$525 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly larger
Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$207 body only

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

discussion

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Meredith (0:51 PM, October 24, 2011)
Snapsort, (or anyone)

I'm a college student/graphic design, and I travel a lot. I really love the lightweight, small body of the mirrorless cameras and really don't see a big set back for me in terms of getting the sony. My main requirements are decent videos, ability to take multiple photos at once, easy to switch out lens b/c I have limited knowledge of camera (though I do have some, it's mostly with fil cameras), and overall great image quality. My budget is 400-800, and everything on snapsort points to the Nikon 5100--which I would definitely get over the 3100 because of the need for video, but I'm wondering, given my needs, if a smaller, easy to travel with camera would be smarter. I'm looking at the Sony and the Fuji X10 when it comes out. 

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