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

Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Nikon D5100

55

Sony Alpha NEX-5

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
273 ms shutter lag
 

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 D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$436 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$378 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$410 - $597 body only

$479 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
GPS Has a GPS
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$362 body only

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$853 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 body only

$530 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay

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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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