Nikon D90 vs D5100

Started Nov 23, 2012 | Questions thread
JCB123 Senior Member • Posts: 1,269
Re: Nikon D90 vs D5100

Gsabella wrote:

I have a Nikon D90 and I was thinking about taking advantage of a good deal on a D5100. Would that be considered an upgrade or a downgrade?

D90 & D5100 both use the same AF system so the AF performance & capability will be similar.

The D5100 uses the same sensor as the D7000 & has greater dynamic range and better snr at higher ISO than compared with the D90. The increase in resolution (16 vs 12 MP) is not as great as it sounds although the D5100 has 25% more pixels the increase in linear resolution is a smaller percentage. Still it is higher.

The D90 has more direct control of settings with dedicated buttons where on the D5100 these settings are accessed via the 'info' button. This is quicker and better than delving through menus but not quite as accessible as on the D90.

The D5100 is smaller and lighter.

The D90 can autofocus non AF-S lenses whereas these lenses are manual focus only on the D5100. That said Nikon has a complete system of AF-S lenses (apart from wide angle primes)

The D5100 has an aticulating LCD and an intervalometer built in.

In summary the D90 is a generation older than the D5100 but a level higher in ranking.

In terms of sensor performance the D5100 is an upgrade from the D90, but in most other respects the D90 is the upgrade.

Both great cameras.



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