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

Nikon D5000

Winner
Nikon D5000

50

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Samsung GX-20

43

Samsung GX-20

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung GX-20

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

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
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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 109 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
590 g vs 800 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Samsung GX-20

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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
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.6 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
23.1 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Thickness
Much 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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D5000:127x104x80 mm
              GX-20:142x101x72 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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

              $240 - $280 body only

              $385 - $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $360 body only

              $409 - $479 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

              $661 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm 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 - $550 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $890 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $380 body only

              $399 - $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $695 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Samsung GX-20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $860 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Slightly smaller
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Live view No live view
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,263 body only

              $752 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Samsung GX-10

              Samsung GX-10

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Live view No live view
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus SP-600 UZ

              Olympus SP-600 UZ

              Super zoom

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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