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Difference Between Nikon D5000 and Nikon D5100

Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D5100

The Nikon D5100 is a non-pro DSLR that replaces the older D5000. It has several improved features that differentiate it from its predecessor. The most prominent difference between the D5100 and D5000 is the increase in resolution; from 12 megapixels in the D5000 to 16 megapixels in the D5100. The increased resolution general means that you can shoot larger images with the D5100 that you cannot achieve in the D5000 without interpolation.

Another improvement in the D5100 is the improvement in its sensitivity range. While the D5000 has a range of 200 to 3200, the D5100 doubles that with a range of 100 to 6400 and even further with the aid of boost. Increased sensitivity to light lets the D5100 capture more detail in scenes where there is little available light. Also, the D5100 is now able to shoot videos at the full HD resolution of 1080p whereas the D5000 can only shoot at 720p. The D5100 also gives you more options with video recording and you can choose to record at 1080p, 720p, or at an even lower 424p if you want to.

There are also changes when it comes to the outside of the D5100. Side by side, it is easy to see that the D5100 is slightly smaller than the D5000; couple that with the slightly reduced weight, you get a camera that is relatively easier and less straining to handle for prolonged periods. The hinged LCD of the D5000 was quite odd with its hinge at the bottom. Nikon decided to change this with the D5000 and moved the hinge to the side, making it more similar to video cams. And lastly, the LCD screen has increased in size to 3 inches from 2.7 on the D5000. It also has a corresponding increase in resolution from 0.2 megapixels to roughly 0.9 megapixels.

The D5100 is an overall improvement to the D5000; Not only in image quality, but as well as ergonomics. It is an excellent for beginners to learn how to shoot properly with a DSLR camera.


1.The D5100 has an increased sensor resolution over the D5000
2.The D5100 has a wider ISO range than the D5000
3.The D5100 can shoot at 1080p while the D5000 can only shoot at 720p
4.The D5100 is smaller and lighter than the D5000
5.The D5000 is hinged at the bottom while the D5100 is hinged on the side
6.The D5100 has a slightly larger LCD screen than the D5000

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