#6. "RE: First SLR, 3200 or 3100 - ISO performance?" In response to In response to 5
Well, I'm taking another look at the d5100 now. It seems that people really like it because it has the same sensor and processing as the d7000, so very good IQ for the price. Other advantages of the d5100 over the 3100/3200 would be exposure bracketing, on-camera HDR, and the pop-out screen, which I think might be nice for tripod shots, especially down low so you could angle it upwards.
Also, I don't know why I thought the 5100 cost more than the 3200 - it's about the same price.