Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Samsung GX-20

Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

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Samsung GX-20

43

Samsung GX-20

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung GX-20

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 868 ISO vs 714 ISO
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The D5000 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 72.0 vs 68.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Weight Significantly lighter 590 g vs 800 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Image stabilization Image stabilization 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 size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.6 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Color depth Better color depth 23.1 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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10% thinner
Size Slightly smaller 142x101x72 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D5000:720p @ 24fps
        GX-20:None
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        D5000:127x104x80 mm
        GX-20:142x101x72 mm
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D5000:12.2 MP
        GX-20:14.6 MP
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D5000:4 fps
        GX-20:3 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        D5000:868 ISO
        GX-20:714 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $350 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 body only

        $200 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $745 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 - $1,147 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

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

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        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $701 - $840 body only

        $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Shutter lag More shutter lag

        Samsung GX-20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax K20D

        Pentax K20D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Smaller
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Pentax K-x

        Pentax K-x

        Entry-level DSLR

        $735 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Samsung GX-10

        Samsung GX-10

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
        Size Smaller
        Live view No live view
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Waterproof

        $310 - $410

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Size Much smaller
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Viewfinder No viewfinder

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