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

Nikon D5000

Winner
Nikon D5000

49

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Samsung GX-20

43

Samsung GX-20

Runner-up
     
 

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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differences

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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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

$278 body only

$427 - $440 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 D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$897 - $929 body only

$831 - $940 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
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,257 body only

$1,330 with 18-105mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $699 body only

$200 - $729 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
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$547 body only

$549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$495 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Size Is much smaller
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$1,097 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
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier

Nikon D5000 Competitors

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Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$339 - $567 body only

$465 - $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 D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$352 - $415 body only

$495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$747 body only

$679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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-r

Pentax K-r

Entry-level DSLR

$669 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
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
Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$1,199 body only

$1,349 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Thickness Slightly thicker
Samsung NX30

Samsung NX30

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$799 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

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