I begin looking at the mirrorless world of interchangeable lens camera. Realized that the sacrifice picture quality, size, lack of viewfinder on some models was not worth the money. The same money could buy a decent DSLR plus DSLR lens are cheaper overall.
I'm back to a Nikon DSLR search.Trying understand the different models such as a 3100, 3200, 5100 and 5200. Real nice pricing on both 3100 and 3200 right now. Did the 5100 succeed both the 3xxx models? Where does the 5200 fit in? I do have some photography skills, I'm not looking for all the bells and whistles. An overall camera for everyday shooting such as nature, birds, buildings etc.
#2. "RE: The D3100,3200,5100" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! The D3000 series bodies are basic first tier entry level line with the lowest price point. The D3000 was superceeded by the D3100. The D3200 is the the latest and most capable body in the D3000 line.
The D5000 series bodies are the second tier or level bodies in the Nikon line. They have a few more features such as an articulated LCD monitor on the back, a faster FPS (Frame Per Second) rate, etc.... at a slightly higher price point. The D5000 was superceeded by the D5100. The D5200 is the latest and most capable body in the D5000 series line. Both lines are extremely capable.
#3. "RE: The D3100,3200,5100" In response to Reply # 0
"nature, birds, buildings"
I would say the lenses are more of a concern than the body at this point. You will need quite a range of lenses and birds often require long telephoto lenses ($$$). One lens that does it all is usually a compromise.
#4. "RE: The D3100,3200,5100" In response to Reply # 0
I have the 3200 and am very satisfied with it. See samples from my Nikonian's gallery. As others have said the lens are more important than the body. The 18-55mm that comes with the the 3000, 3100, 3200 is an excellent lens. For birds and animals you'll need a goo Zoom /Telephoto lens. I do not recommend the 55-200mm its not very sharp and too bright. Some have suggested a 70-300MM lens 9 that’s the next thing I will will save up for. One lens for wide angle I would recommend is 10-24mm it worth the money though may have to sale your youngest born to buy it.