Nikon D3200 or D5100

Discussion in 'Nikon Cameras' started by sivakishanv, May 21, 2012.

  1. Alan92RTTT

    Alan92RTTT TPF Noob!

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    The 3200 is newer and has a better sensor.

    The 5100 is older but it a better camera.

    If I were in the market today I'd buy...


    Neither of them.

    The 5200 is coming and it will bring the better features from the 5100 with the 3200's higher MP sensor. For the time being I'd search craigslist/ebay/the forum for a older d40 or d60 and use that to get for feet wet.


     
  2. hussain143

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    Go with D5100
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    It has advanced features Like HDR
     
  3. Solarflare

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    I'm sorry ?

    The D3200 doesnt have the better sensor.

    Even the above list shows it clearly: the only category where D3200 is better is color depth. Thanks to the noise of the D3200, I would expect this advantage to be gone above ISO 100 rather quickly.

    If you would offer me to exchange the current D5100 for the "newer" D3200 chip for free, I would definitely refuse.




    @hussain143: Err ...

    1. HDR is done best on the computer with programs, not inside the camera.

    2. The D5100 doesnt allow HDR with RAW files, you have to enable JPEG. Also, my D5100 is pretty random about when it bothers to allow HDR and when it thinks I dont need it at may gray out the option.

    3. Also, for HDR you need a Tripod and a good tripod (low weight etc) costs as much as the D5100 itself. Finally, HDR is really a crutch. What you want is really a high dynamic range of the chip itself, which leads to:

    4. The really important feature of the D5100 is full 12 stops of dynamic range at ISO 100. Most other cameras, including the D3200, have like 9 or 10, at best. So basically you can already have a kind of "lesser" HDR with this camera without using any HDR at all, on any picture, without any tripod, and even on action shots.
     
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    Hi sivakishanv, I would suggest you check out Nikon D3200 vs D5100 to help you decide between the two. IMO, it still depends on what the camera and pictures are for (hobby? Business?).
     
  5. Solarflare

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    I dont think that links is very useful. It barely discusses any detail.

    You can get an external microphone for the D5100 as well, so I dont get that part of the comparison.
     
  6. Gandalfsson

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    No, he is not misleading, our friend, Solarflare, but this is a HUGE discussion - and very technically, and we have to talk about interpolation (all Bayer chips does that = That will say all Nikons) , photochip size, and we have for example D3/D700 12 mp - 8.5 micron CMOS (that is huge, much more than todays cameras), therefore my A3+ printed pictures from D700 has a certain "clarity" ( I know this is hard to discuss, but I see, what I see in my prints from a lot of cameras) - this clarity you will also find in the foveon sensor cameras, where the pixels are NOT interpolated.

    And I would go for the D5100 because of the screen, - this is very practical, but if you will not use this much, then go for the D3200, then you can crop a lot = As I recall Thom Hogan wrote very good about it, and I think you can trust his findings, but he wrote also very good about the D7000, and it is the same IQ from the D5100 (but not the same handling).

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    You do not need a tripod for HDR if your frame rate is about 6 frames pr. second (as the D7000, and you can also come along with 5 fps as the D700 without grip) , and the light is not too dark (it is normally not when you shoot HDR), then you can handhold it fine - there is a huge site about the technique= Outback photo had some articles about it years ago, and it works.
     
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    Both would be fine for starting out you can't go wrong with either one. In looking at the specs and similarities I get a feeling Nikon was trying to give you the Nikon D5100 in the D3200 but without the swivel LCD...........
     

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