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

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 
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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
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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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        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
        Size Large Help
        D5000:127x104x80 mm
        DSC-HX1:115x83x92 mm
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 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 D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $392 - $427 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 D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 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
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $329 body only

        $369 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        Thickness Is thinner
        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

        $370 - $400 body only

        $500 - $590 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 - $769 body only

        $848 - $948 with 18-105mm 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 - $740 body only

        $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm 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

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $499

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Size Slightly larger
        Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD

        Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD

        Super zoom

        Size Smaller
        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Super zoom

        $627 - $667

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $390 - $399

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

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