Nikon D3100 vs D5100

Both these cam­eras are near the end of their lives and heav­ily dis­counted, but which is the best bar­gain?

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Key dif­fer­ences

01 The D3100’s three-inch LCD dis­play has 230,000 dots and looks coarse com­pared to the 921,000dot dis­play on the D5100.

02 The LCD dis­play on the D3100 is fixed, but the D5100 has a vari-an­gle dis­play which can be flipped out and ro­tated. It’s very good for low-an­gle and macro shots.

03 The cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions on the D3100 are limited. More ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­phers will miss fea­tures like ex­po­sure brack­et­ing, which you do get on the D5100.

04 Both cam­eras can shoot full HD 1920 x 1080 movies, but the D3100 only man­ages a frame rate of 24fps at this res­o­lu­tion – the D5100 can film at 30, 25 and 24fps.

05 The D3100 has a Guide mode to help novices un­der­stand the ba­sics, but the D5100 has an Ef­fects mode for Minia­ture, Night Vi­sion, Se­lec­tive Color ef­fects and more.

06 Both cam­eras can shoot RAW files, but the D3100 is re­stricted to 12 bits of data, while the D5100 can shoot 14-bit RAW files.

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