Updated (August 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Samsung GX-10

Nikon D3100 vs Samsung GX-10

Nikon D3100
Samsung GX-10

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung GX-10

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

Items often bought with the Nikon D3100 or Samsung GX-10

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$263.39 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $536 cheaper (3x less)
Weight
Much lighter
505 g vs 793 g
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Around 40% lighter
Size
Smaller
124×97×74 mm vs 142×101×70 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Samsung GX-10

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths

Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
D310014.2 MP
GX-1010 MP
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
D310012,800 ISO
GX-10None
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
D3100230k dots
GX-10210k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
D31003,200 ISO
GX-101,600 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Movie format One shoots movies Help
D31001080p @ 24fps
GX-10None

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$319 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$339 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
Canon Kiss X5

Canon Kiss X5

Entry-level DSLR

$1,299 body only

Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$600 with 18-55mm lens

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
Overall image quality Has slightly lower image quality
Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Canon Rebel T1i

Entry-level DSLR

$819 body only

$599 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$720 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D60

Nikon D60

Entry-level DSLR

$775 body only

$775 with 18-55mm lens

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Thickness Thicker
Size Slightly larger
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Thickness Thicker
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$368 body only

$640 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Size Larger
Thickness Significantly thicker
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$559 body only

$755 with 18-105mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

Samsung GX-10 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$675 with 14-42mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D

Entry-level DSLR

$298 body only

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Lowest price Much cheaper
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Samsung GX-20

Samsung GX-20

Entry-level DSLR

Live view Has live view
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Size Slightly larger
Thickness Thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$220 - $228

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Thickness Much thicker

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