Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D5000 vs D3100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D5000
9.9
D3100
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D5000
6.5
D3100
6.5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D5000
8.3
D3100
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D5000
9.2
D3100
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 3 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D5000
9.0
D3100
9.0

Winner
Nikon D3100 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D5000 vs D3100

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D5000
868 ISO
D3100
919 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5000
276 ms
D3100
279 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D5000
85 ms
D3100
117 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D5000
400 ms
D3100
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5000
4 fps
D3100
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D5000
510 photos
D3100
550 photos

Features Key features of the D5000  vs D3100 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D5000
12.2 MP
D3100
14.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D5000
6,400 ISO
D3100
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D5000
11
D3100
11

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

D5000
2.7"
D3100
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D5000
0.51x
D3100
0.51x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

D5000
30.5 microns
D3100
25.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D5000  vs D3100 

7.5
7.2
On the Nikon, the highest setting is an ISO equivalent value which is likely to mean that the sensor is being run just as it would be at ISO 3200 but exposed as if it were ISO 6400, with all the values pulled-up to give the correct brightness.
D5000

9.0
9.0
In-Camera Image Editing Trim D-Lighting Color Balance Image Overlay Filter Effects Distortion Control Monochrome Stop Motion Color Balance NEF (RAW) processing Quick retouch Straighten Distortion Control Fisheye Small picture Red-eye correction Perspective Control Color Outline.
D5000

9.0
9.0
In bright sunlight the colour rendition is superb.
D5000

8.0
9.0
Even so, the LCD looks fairly accurate in terms of brightness, contrast and colour balance, and that's what is most important.
D3100

7.8
7.4
I wouldn't be surprised if a dual-lens kit with the additional 55-200mm lens eventually showed up as well.
D5000

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D5000  vs
D3100 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 14.2 MP
Resolution 4288 x 2848 4608 x 3072
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm 23.1 x 15.4 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 30.5 microns 25.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 11
Cross type focus points 1 1
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 127 x 104 x 80 mm 124.5 x 96.5 x 73.7 mm
Thickness 80 mm 73.7 mm
Weight 590 g 505 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

D5000  vs
D3100 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None None

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.7" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.78x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.51x 0.51x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 3 fps
Battery life 510 550
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 276 ms 279 ms
Shutter lag 85 ms 117 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 400 ms
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