Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D5100 vs D5000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D5100
10.0
D5000
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D5100
6.5
D5000
6.5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D5100
8.2
D5000
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D5100
9.1
D5000
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 4 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D5100
9.0
D5000
9.0

Winner
Nikon D5000 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D5000  based on its responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D5100 vs D5000

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

D5100
1,183 ISO
D5000
868 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5100
273 ms
D5000
276 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D5100
114 ms
D5000
85 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D5100
500 ms
D5000
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D5100
4 fps
D5000
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D5100
660 photos
D5000
510 photos

Features Key features of the D5100  vs D5000 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D5100
16.1 MP
D5000
12.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D5100
25,600 ISO
D5000
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D5100
11
D5000
11

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

D5100
3"
D5000
2.7"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D5100
0.51x
D5000
0.51x

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

D5100
22.9 microns
D5000
30.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D5100  vs D5000 

7.6
7.5
Here we look at the RAW files processed through Adobe Camera Raw (in this case version 6.4 beta).
D5100

9.0
9.0
Ultimately the Nikon D5100 easily overcomes its few real weak points, offering a compelling mix of great image and movie quality, precise and quick auto-focusing, accurate metering and a fantastic LCD screen, all in a format that most users will find intutive and enjoyable to use.
D5100

8.0
9.0
In bright sunlight the colour rendition is superb.
D5000

8.0
8.0
It would also be nice to have control over the exposure or at least exposure compensation when these modes are selected.
D5100

7.7
7.8
I wouldn't be surprised if a dual-lens kit with the additional 55-200mm lens eventually showed up as well.
D5000

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D5100  vs
D5000 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.1 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3264 4288 x 2848
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 30.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
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 96.5 x 78.7 mm 127 x 104 x 80 mm
Thickness 78.7 mm 80 mm
Weight 560 g 590 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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

video

D5100  vs
D5000 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm None

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 2.7"
Resolution 920 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 4 fps
Battery life 660 510
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 273 ms 276 ms
Shutter lag 114 ms 85 ms
Startup delay 500 ms 400 ms
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