58points

Nikon D3100

65points

Nikon D5000

Nikon D3100
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Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D5000

Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
58
points
65
points

Why is Nikon D3100 better than Nikon D5000?

  • 105g lighter
    455gvs560g
  • Has a 24p cinema mode
  • 16.66% less body volume
    880.1cm³vs1056.64cm³
  • 0.07s less shutter lag
    0.28svs0.351s
  • 2.54mm narrower
    124.46mmvs127mm
  • 8mm shorter
    96mmvs104mm
  • 6.34mm thinner
    73.66mmvs80mm

Why is Nikon D5000 better than Nikon D3100?

  • 4.82% larger sensor
    23.6 x 15.8mmvs23.1 x 15.4mm
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • 33.33% faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
    4fpsvs3fps
  • 5 better image quality
    72vs67
  • 0.89% better color depth
    22.7bitsvs22.5bits
  • 10.62% wider dynamic range
    12.5Evsvs11.3Evs
  • Has a microphone in
  • 8% more battery power
    1080mAhvs1000mAh

Top specs and features

Design

1.Weather sealed
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.

For example

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

2.Has a flip-out screen
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

Flip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.

3.has an optical viewfinder
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens sees. There is no time lag and they require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders which can drain battery life. They are also better in low light situations.

4. more viewfinder coverage

95%

95%

With 100% coverage you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage you may have to crop your photos afterwards to get them looking perfect.

Best

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

100%

5.Has a hot shoe
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

A hot shoe can be used to attach an external flash, as well as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders and other attachments.

6.Is a system camera
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

A system camera has lots of changeable parts such as lenses, flashes and other accessories. They offer greater flexibility than compact cameras.

Optics

1.focus points

11

11

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.

Best

Canon EOS R

5655

2.sensor size

23.1 x 15.4mm

23.6 x 15.8mm

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.

Best

Polaroid Snap

81.2 x 25.4mm

3.has AF tracking
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.

4.maximum light sensitivity

12800 ISO

6400 ISO

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.

Best

Nikon D7500 + Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

1640000 ISO

5.has built-in optical image stabilization
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.

For example

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

6.megapixels

14.8MP

12.3MP

Best

Panono Camera

108MP

Videography

1.video recording (main camera)

1080 x 24fps

720 x 24fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.

Best

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

2160 x 60fps

2.Has phase detection autofocus for videos
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

A phase detection autofocus system is faster than a contrast detection autofocus system. Even when recording scenes with a lot of fast movements, the videos are sharp and clear.

3.has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.

4.has a 24p cinema mode
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.

Audio

1.has a microphone in
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.

2.number of microphones

1

1

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.

Best

Nikon Coolpix B600

2

3.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.

For example

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

Battery

1. longer battery life

550shots

510shots

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.

Best

Nikon D3x

4400shots

2.battery power

1000mAh

1080mAh

Best

Samsung Galaxy NX Mirrorless + 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

4360mAh

3.has a removable battery
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

4.has a battery level indicator
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

5.has a rechargeable battery
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

Features

1.image quality

67

72

A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Nikon D850

100

2.noise

919ISO

868ISO

The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Sony Alpha a7 III

3730ISO

3.color depth

22.5bits

22.7bits

The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.

Best

HP Photosmart R927

42bits

4.dynamic range

11.3Evs

12.5Evs

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.

Best

Nikon D810A

14.8Evs

5.has an external memory slot
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.

6.can be controlled remotely
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.

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