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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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$269.99 vs $544.49
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The best price we've seen is $275 cheaper (2x less)
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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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
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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3100279 ms
              D5000276 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D310014.2 MP
              D500012.2 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D310022.5 bits
              D500022.7 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D310011.3 EV
              D500012.5 EV
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D310067.0
              D500072.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3100919 ISO
              D5000868 ISO
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              D5000720p @ 24fps
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D31003 fps
              D50004 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.51x
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D3100550 shots
              D5000510 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D31003"
              D50002.7"

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