Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 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
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
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
590 g vs 800 g
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Around 30% lighter
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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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.1 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.6 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
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

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              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
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D500012.2 MP
              GX-2014.6 MP
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Size Large Help
              D5000127x104x80 mm
              GX-20142x101x72 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D50004 fps
              GX-203 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
              D5000868 ISO
              GX-20714 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D500072.0
              GX-2068.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $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

              $231 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 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

              $861 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $627 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $694 body only

              $887 with 55-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $569 - $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

              $648 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Slightly smaller
              Low light performance 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
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $396 body only

              $418 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $925 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Size Much smaller
              Live view No live view
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $376 body only

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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