a57 v d5100 for first DSLR

Started Apr 6, 2013 | Questions thread
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123Mike Senior Member • Posts: 4,643
Re: a57 v d5100 for first DSLR

When I carefully examine the test results using the comparisons in the in-depth review of the A57 here on DP, I see that often the D5100 is about the same as the A57 in low light, and sometimes the D5100 is a little better. But not by much at all, and not at all a huge amount that the dxo figure you quoted suggests. I'd peg the quality between about -5 to 10% better on the D5100, and often hovering around the 0 mark. -5 because sometimes the A57 shows details better - but - that could be because of lens or test error factors.

But it's a neck to neck race for sure, if you're purely deciding based on low light performance. The Nikon is not at all a Sony crusher.

So, then it's back to the features. Sony does 1080 60p video with continuous AF does works very well, just like a camcorder does, with none of the hunting and lagging, and no jello effect to speak of.

Plus 10 fps full res shooting, also with full AF. 12 fps cropped. Nice flippy screen. Great dynamic range enhancement features.

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