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  1. #1
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    D5100 vs D90

    There are several differences to consider when deciding whether to purchase the D5100 or D90. They both offer features that are different in a lot of ways. If you need don't need video auto-focus but do need an in-camera focus motor or CLS command mode, the D90 seems like a good buy.

    First the differences:

    Feature D5100 D90
    Pixels 16.2mp 12.3mp
    Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.6mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
    RAW 14-bit 12-bit
    Continuous shooting 4fps 4.5fps
    ISO ISO 100 - 6400 / Hi-0.3 / Hi-0.7 / Hi-1 (ISO 12,800) / Hi-2 (ISO 25,600) ISO 200 - 3200 / Lo-1 (ISO 100)/ Hi-1 (ISO 6400)
    Movie (highest setting) HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps HD 1280x720 / 24 fps
    Movie Auto-focus Yes No
    Monitor 3.0 in. (flips to the side) 3.0 in.
    Top control LCD no yes
    Focus motor no yes
    SDXC yes no
    Advanced Scene Modes 16 5
    Nikon CLS Supported Commander mode
    Battery EN-EL14 Li-ion EN-EL3e Lithium-ion
    Battery Life 660 shots 850 shots
    Weight 19.7oz. 22oz.
    Price $547 (18-55mm kit) *$799 - $1050 (18-105mm kit)

    *Estimated price you can get the d90 for

    They both have:
    • 11AF points
    • 1 sd card slot
    • Plastic bodies
    • The same 3.0in monitor (D5100 swivels)




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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    Advanced scene modes seem to be too beginner for me. The loss of the in camera focus motor is huge, it limits lenses dramatically that can auto focus. The loss of the top LCD is also a big loss. All for the video improvements. If I wanted a video camera I would buy one. It is nice they have this feature in case you need it but why would you buy a DSLR for the video capabilities? Wouldn't you just go buy a video camera that does more and does it better.
    Considering the camera bodies are exactly the same price, I would take the D90 over a D5100 in a heart beat.
    JMHO
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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    Quote Originally Posted by goz63 View Post
    Advanced scene modes seem to be too beginner for me. The loss of the in camera focus motor is huge, it limits lenses dramatically that can auto focus. The loss of the top LCD is also a big loss. All for the video improvements. If I wanted a video camera I would buy one. It is nice they have this feature in case you need it but why would you buy a DSLR for the video capabilities? Wouldn't you just go buy a video camera that does more and does it better.
    Considering the camera bodies are exactly the same price, I would take the D90 over a D5100 in a heart beat.
    JMHO
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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    Looks to me it's more of a bridge camera from the D3100 to the D7000.

    What Sensor does it have in it? Is it the same as the D7000? I've seen quite a few great photo's come out of the D7000 with the new sensor.

    Just bought a D90, would only trade it in for a D7000, once the D7000 proves it's self in time as the D90 has.

    As much as I like the new sensor, too many other things to give up just for it.

    I'll stick with the proven work horse, my D90.

    Rick

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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    Rick I agree. At some point you have to ask yourself "how much is enough?". I love my D90. 16+megapix? What am I going to do with that other than eat up more hard drive space. I don't blow up pictures to wall size often. I like to shoot in RAW so you would have to use the large file size to do that. The one nice feature I like on the D7K is the 39 point focus. Is that worth trading in my tried and true work horse? Nah, not today. If they stop making the D90 I would get the D7K over the D5100 for the same reasons I bought the D90 over the D5000. Nikon does make the choices difficult at times though.
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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    Quote Originally Posted by AxeMan View Post
    What Sensor does it have in it? Is it the same as the D7000? I've seen quite a few great photo's come out of the D7000 with the new sensor.
    Yep, it's the same sensor
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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    i purchased a D90 a couple of months back thinking i couldn't wait for the d5100 i'm not disappointed though no top lcd screen or af motor makes it a no from me
    Last edited by Gabriel Parle; 04-10-2011 at 07:55 PM.

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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    Yeah, I didn't think they would include a top LCD or AF motor in this one since it's roots are from the D5000.
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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    Since all of the new DX lenses have motors built in, I don't think you see motors in non-full frame bodies any longer. They want us to buy DX lenses for the newer DX bodies. I think Nikon is trying to draw a line between Pro (full frame) and the more casual DX format. I think the "semi-pro" term used on the more expensive DX bodies is really just marketing. We are a society which enjoys labels, so nikon is more than happy to capitalize on it.
    Last edited by Rick M; 04-12-2011 at 05:19 PM.
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    Re: D5100 vs D90

    Hello, i am new to nikon and photography. I have narrowed down to d5100 and d90. Mainly shooting action sports like soccer, basketball, and football. What is your recommendation?? On the d5100, why does is not having auto focus limit some lenses? Also, is having the lcd on top a big deal?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!





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