>Re: D5100 or D3200 >Hello Vedran, > >I have both cameras and have been running comparison tests >between the two. > >First, don't worry about the articulated LCD of the D5100. You >can just leave it in place like the D3200 and it will lock in. > > >I've set up both bodies in exactly the same way so even though >I'm using fine jpg the photos will have the same settings as >close as the menus allow. I use the same lens for all the >tests. > >The first thing that is obvious is that the menu choices are >better on the D5100. One example is when setting noise >reduction. The D3200 is either on or off. The D5100 gives you >a choice of High, Normal, Low or off. The D5100 also has Long >Exposure noise reduction On or Off. The D3200 does not offer >this option. So do a little research comparing the menu >options, especially the Shooting menu and see if there are any >options missing on one that you may want. > >Next is resolution. A normal photo showing on the computer >screen without cropping appears to be a little sharper with >the D3200. It is easier to see at 100%. I have been measuring >lens resolution using both cameras and the D3200 will show >higher resolution. > >Noise. I think the D5100 has a more refined sensor. Up to ISO >800 there is very little difference between the two. From ISO >1600 on up the D5100 appears to have less noise, even if the >D3200 image is down sampled to D5100 size. If you use noise >reduction with both cameras the slight resolution advantage of >the D3200 is lost and the two cameras now look nearly the >same. One reason why I say the D5100 sensor is more refined is >the noise pattern is smooth where on the D3200 it looks a >little clumpy or color blotchy when looking at full >enlargement. > >As far as handling of the bodies there should be no problem >with either body. > >I don't set up my cameras to be automatic anything. I use >aperture priority, AFS, single point focus, matrix or center >metering, and choose my own ISO setting. I didn't test movie >mode. > >I like both cameras and both can produce excellent photos. I >have uses for the articulating LCD of the D5100. I find an >improvement in resolution with the D3200, especially when >shooting raw. However currently I can only view the D3200 raw >files with View NX2. If I could only keep one body it would >probably be the D5100 but it would be a tough call. For a >beginner I would recommend the D3200 first because of it's >simplified menu and GUIDE feature. > >Len > >
Thanks Len for this long explanation. I too have been confused on which one to get.