Updated (April 2009): Compare the Nikon D5000 vs Samsung GX-20

Nikon D5000 vs Samsung GX-20

Winner
Nikon D5000

49

Samsung GX-20

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung GX-20

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

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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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1.8 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
230 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 2x 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
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
  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
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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Almost the same
Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.1"
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10% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
142×101×72 mm vs 127×104×80 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
              D5000720p @ 24fps
              GX-20None
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D500012.2 MP
              GX-2014.6 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Size Large Help
              D5000127×104×80 mm
              GX-20142×101×72 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D50004 fps
              GX-203 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D5000868 ISO
              GX-20714 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Samsung GX-20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $860 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Slightly smaller
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              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
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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