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

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Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2300 ms
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5.7x less delay when turning on
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
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Around 16x larger sensor
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $599.00 vs $658.00
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The best price we've seen is $59 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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 Significantly 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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 115x83x92 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5000:Pentamirror
              DSC-HX1:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5000:590 g
              DSC-HX1:544 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5000:3.1"
              DSC-HX1:3.6"
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Size Large Help
              D5000:127x104x80 mm
              DSC-HX1:115x83x92 mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 body only

              $343 - $408 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 D5000 Competitors

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              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 - $700 body only

              $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

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              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Super zoom

              $475

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $420

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $469

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $224

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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