57points

Nikon D3100

66points

Nikon D5100

Nikon D3100
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Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100
57
points
66
points

Why is Nikon D3100 better than Nikon D5100?

  • 55g lighter
    455gvs510g
  • 8.75% less body volume
    880.1cm³vs964.50785cm³
  • 0.1s less startup delay
    0.4svs0.5s
  • 2.54mm narrower
    124.46mmvs127mm
  • 0.5mm shorter
    96mmvs96.5mm
  • 5.04mm thinner
    73.66mmvs78.7mm

Why is Nikon D5100 better than Nikon D3100?

  • 3.49% larger sensor
    23.6 x 15.6mmvs23.1 x 15.4mm
  • 14.19% more megapixels (main camera)
    16.9MPvs14.8MP
  • 2x higher maximum light sensitivity
    25600 ISOvs12800 ISO
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • 33.33% faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
    4fpsvs3fps
  • 110shots longer battery life
    660shotsvs550shots
  • 28.73% lower noise at high ISO
    1183ISOvs919ISO
  • 25% better video recording quality (main camera)
    1080 x 30fpsvs1080 x 24fps

Top specs and features

Design

1.resolution

588 x 392px

1176 x 784px

Best

Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7

5184 x 3888px

2.Weather sealed
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

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

For example

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

3.Has a flip-out screen
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

Flip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.

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-TZ95

100%

5.has an optical viewfinder
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

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.

6.Has a hot shoe
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

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

Optics

1.has AF tracking
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

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.

2.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

3.sensor size

23.1 x 15.4mm

23.6 x 15.6mm

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

Best

Polaroid Snap

81.2 x 25.4mm

4.maximum light sensitivity

12800 ISO

25600 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 D5100

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-TZ95

6.megapixels

14.8MP

16.9MP

Best

Panono Camera

108MP

Videography

1.video recording (main camera)

1080 x 24fps

1080 x 30fps

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 D5100

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 D5100

When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.

4.has a 24p cinema mode
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

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 D5100

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

Battery

1. longer battery life

550shots

660shots

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

1030mAh

Best

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

4360mAh

3.has a removable battery
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

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

4.has a battery level indicator
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

5.has a rechargeable battery
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5100

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

Features

1.image quality

67

80

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

1183ISO

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

23.5bits

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

13.6Evs

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 D5100

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 D5100

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

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