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

Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

50

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Samsung GX-20

43

Samsung GX-20

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

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
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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1.3 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
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
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 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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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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D5000:4 fps
        GX-20:3 fps
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        D5000:868 ISO
        GX-20:714 ISO
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        D5000:72.0
        GX-20:68.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $657 body only

        $389 - $477 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

        $270 - $387 body only

        $401 - $430 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

        $378 - $469 body only

        $485 - $669 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

        $929 body only

        $950 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $629 - $847 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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $625 body only

        $900 with 18-105mm lens

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

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $899 body only

        $695 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth

        Nikon D5000 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $597 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
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Sensor size Smaller sensor

        Samsung GX-20 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax K20D

        Pentax K20D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $530 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Smaller
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $449 body only

        $450 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Samsung GX-1L

        Samsung GX-1L

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Much smaller
        Weight Significantly lighter
        Live view No live view
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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