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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 868 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$354.06 vs $1,990.60
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The best price we've seen is $1,637 cheaper (5.6x less)
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Significantly smaller
124×97×74 mm vs 127×104×80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
550 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 590 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
72.0 vs 67.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D310012,800 ISO
              D50006,400 ISO
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D310014.2 MP
              D500012.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3100279 ms
              D5000276 ms
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D310011.3 EV
              D500012.5 EV
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              D5000720p @ 24fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D310022.5 bits
              D500022.7 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D31003 fps
              D50004 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.51x
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D3100550 shots
              D5000510 shots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D310067.0
              D500072.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3100919 ISO
              D5000868 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D31003"
              D50002.7"

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