Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 5T vs D5100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NEX 5T
9.2
D5100
9.5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX 5T
8.7
D5100
5.2
cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX 5T
10.0
D5100
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX 5T
9.2
D5100
9.1
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of NEX 5T vs D5100

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

NEX 5T
1,015 ISO
D5100
1,183 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 5T
10 fps
D5100
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

NEX 5T
330 photos
D5100
660 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

NEX 5T
23.6 bits
D5100
23.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

NEX 5T
13.0 ev
D5100
13.6 ev

Features Key features of the NEX 5T  vs D5100 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

NEX 5T
16 MP
D5100
16.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

NEX 5T
25,600 ISO
D5100
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

NEX 5T
99
D5100
11

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

NEX 5T
3"
D5100
3"

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

NEX 5T
22.9 microns
D5100
22.9 microns

Reviews Word on the street

NEX 5T  vs D5100 

8.0
8.0
A wide range of excellent lenses are now available in Sony's E-mount including a 50mm f/1.8 which is very sharp and allows for creative shallow depth of field effects to be created.
NEX 5T

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

NEX 5T  vs
D5100 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 16.1 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 4928 x 3264
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 22.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
NEF 14bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Phase detection
Focus points 99 11
Cross type focus points 25 1
Supports continuous Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder No Yes
Type N/A Pentamirror
Coverage N/A 95%
Magnification N/A 0.78x

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 4 fps
Battery life 330 660
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
10 fps

video

NEX 5T  vs
D5100 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (17 Mbps, AVCHD, MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 111 x 59 x 39 mm 127 x 96.5 x 78.7 mm
Thickness 39 mm 78.7 mm
Weight 276 g 560 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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