#4. "RE: Which should you buy, the D3200 or the D5100?" In response to In response to 2 Tue 16-Oct-12 05:23 PM by jpFoto
I don't have either camera anymore. I bought the D3200 as a lightweight travel camera for a trip to Europe and then bought the D5100 as a backup for the same trip. When I returned the D600 was available, and it just made better sense for me to have that camera since i had mostly FX glass. I had also bought a Nikkor 10-24 for the trip from Berger Bros and they bought it back from me when I returned. I wouldn't have purchased the 10-24 were it not for the DX format since I have wide glass for FX. So, that made the D600 even cheaper for me.
That being said, I found both of those cameras to be a delight although I was partial to the D3200 since i had owned it longer and used it more. I, literally couldn't get over the high resolution images that it produced, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if the need arose. I also had purchased one for my son shortly after I got mine, and he loves his also. I would have kept the D3200, but as we both know technology changes so fast and since I don't really need three cameras, I thought that it was economically prudent to just sell it and buy whatever is out there if and when I have the need. A fellow Nikonian, a pro, purchased mine and he made it a point to send me an email telling me that he was amazed at the image quality from that little camera.
As for the features on the D5100, I totally agree with you. It was definitely nice to have the extra buttons, the ability to bracket automatically, and I even used the articulating screen once to get a good shot that I couldn't have gotten with the D32000 without a ladder.
As we both know, everything is a trade-off. I would guess that the D5200 will probably be the best of both worlds, but probably quite a bit more money.
In looking at your equipment list, I note that you and I have owned some of the same fine cameras over the years, including the Hasselbald, the F and FTn, the F3HP, and the F4s.