Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D5200
Top Six Reasons for the
Compared to Nikon D5200
100 g lighter
Clearly longer battery life
50 shots longer battery life. CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
Less body volume
11.44% less body volume
4.54 mm narrower
A little thinner
4.34 mm thinner
2 mm shorter
Nikon D3100 is better than Nikon D5200 because...
Top 20 Reasons for the
Compared to Nikon D3100
Notably more megapixels (photo)
1.67x more megapixels (photo)
A bit larger sensor
15.6 x 23.5 mm
15.4 x 23.1 mm
3.05% larger sensor. The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
Noticeably lower noise at high ISO
39.72% lower noise at high ISO. The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
Sizably more focus points
28 more focus points. The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
Considerably faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
1.67x faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format. Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
Has a flip-out screen
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
Substantially better image quality
17 better image quality. A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
Sizably higher maximum light sensitivity
2x higher maximum light sensitivity. With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
Significantly better video recording quality
1080 x 60 fps
1080 x 24 fps
2.50x better video recording quality
Much better color depth
7.56% better color depth. The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
Has a stereo microphone
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
Marginally more battery power
3% more battery power
Noticeably higher resolution
4x higher resolution
Appreciably wider dynamic range
23.01% wider dynamic range. The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
Has a built-in HDR mode
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
Has a microphone in
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
Significantly higher resolution (screen)
921 k dots
230 k dots
691 k dots higher resolution (screen). A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
Has timelapse function
A timelapse shows a long passage of time sped up. A series of photographs taken from the same position over a long period is joined together to create a short video. It is great way to capture things like the setting sun, or clouds moving across the sky.
Newer EXPEED version
Newer EXPEED version. Newer image processors are better at processing multiple tasks simultaneously, and can produce higher quality images with better low-light performance and faster AF.