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Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D5000

Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

Why is Nikon D3100 better than Nikon D5000?

  • 20.33% more megapixels (main camera)
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    14.8MPvs12.3MP
  • 2x higher maximum light sensitivity
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    12800 ISOvs6400 ISO
  • 40shots longer battery life
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    550shotsvs510shots
  • 1.5x better video recording quality (main camera)
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    1080 x 24fpsvs720 x 24fps
  • 5.88% lower noise at high ISO
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    919 ISOvs868 ISO
  • 105g lighter
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    455gvs560g
  • Has a 24p cinema mode
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  • 0.07s less shutter lag
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    0.28svs0.351s

Why is Nikon D5000 better than Nikon D3100?

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

Nikon D3100

Buy used:

$119.00

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Design

1.Has a flip-out screen
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
Flip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.
2.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
3.weight

455g

560g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
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 afterward to get them looking perfect.
5.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 will capture. OVFs have no time lag and require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders, which can drain battery life. OVFs are also better in low light situations.
6.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.

Optics

1.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.
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.
The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
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.
Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
6.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.

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.
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.
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
4.Has timelapse function
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
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.
5.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 input
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.

Battery

1.Battery life (CIPA)

550shots

510shots

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
2.has a removable battery
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
3.has a rechargeable battery
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
4.has a battery level indicator
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
5.battery power

1000mAh

1080mAh

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.

Features

1.noise

919 ISO

868 ISO

The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
3.color depth

22.5bits

22.7bits

The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
4.Has a remote control
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.
5.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.
6.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) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.

Price comparison

Nikon D3100

Buy used:

$119.00

ProductStorePrice
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$53.99
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$0.97
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