D5000 vs D3100


Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000

Nikon
D3100

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Nikon
D5000

differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon D3100

Screen size Much larger screen 3,0″ vs 2,7″
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More than 10% larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Movie continuous focus Continuously focuses recording movies Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 868 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0,1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
True resolution Higher resolution 14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Around 20% higher resolution
Lowest price Significantly cheaper 1 090 kr vs 4 703 kr
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The best price we’ve seen is 3 613 kr cheaper (around 4.5x less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3100’s boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 590 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 2,9″ vs 3,1″
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Around 10% thinner
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Reasons to consider the Nikon D5000

Overall image quality Better image quality 72.0 vs 67.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range Significantly more dynamic range 12,5 EV vs 11,3 EV
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1,4 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6×15.8mm vs APS-C 23.1×15.4mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Color depth Slightly better color depth 22,7 bits vs 22,5 bits
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Distinguishes more than 10% more colors
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the Nikon D5000
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Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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66 vs 55
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similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Lens availability Many lenses available Help
169 lenses
Supports 24p 24p support Help
For that film look
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
1
Lens focus motor No focus motor Help
Won’t autofocus with all lenses
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
0,51x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D

Entry-level DSLR

6 142 kr – 11 897 kr body only

6 625 kr – 6 884 kr with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

7 349 kr – 7 549 kr body only

8 049 kr with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

4 549 kr – 4 654 kr body only

Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon EOS 500D

Canon EOS 500D

Entry-level DSLR

5 349 kr – 5 569 kr body only

5 598 kr – 6 090 kr with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Supports 24p Doesn’t record movies in 24p
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

6 390 kr – 6 688 kr body only

11 975 kr – 13 044 kr with 18-200mm lens

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Weight Is much heavier
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

8 044 kr with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Size Is significantly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

9 713 kr – 10 348 kr body only

14 848 kr – 15 589 kr with 16-85mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Weight Is much heavier

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3100.

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5000.

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  • After i read your post i`ve decided to buy d3100. Three days ago i received the camera and i want to say that i`m very happy with it. THanks for your review

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