Updated (April, 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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Nikon D5000

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2300 ms
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5.7x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
510 shots vs 390 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX1

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1440 x 1080 @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution standard resolution video at a higher frame rate
Size
Smaller
115x83x92 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
230 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Slightly lighter
544 g vs 590 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5000Pentamirror
              DSC-HX1Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D50003.1"
              DSC-HX13.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5000590 g
              DSC-HX1544 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              D5000127x104x80 mm
              DSC-HX1115x83x92 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 - $1,197 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thinner
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $222 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $723 body only

              $945 with 55-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Weight Heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $987

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $290 - $600

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $260 - $378

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $348

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $411 - $428

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              Nikon D5000 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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