• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $558 Average Retail $900 MSRP
  • APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • $399 Average Retail $600 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon D5100 over Pentax K-500

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Pentax K-500 over Nikon D5100

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    14 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Review Excerpt

  • Side-mounted tilt / swivel LCD screen; same sensor and processing as the Nikon D7000; good speed and battery life; in-camera HDR and filter effects; Full HD video capture with aperture control; audio levels control and external microphone jack.

  • AF-S lens mount doesn't offer autofocus with screw-drive lenses; popup flash isn't the greatest; no built-in wireless flash control; HDR function doesn't microalign source images.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D5100
Canon T3i
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Pentax K-500
Canon T3i
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D5100
Sony A58
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $473
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-500
Sony A58
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $473
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D5100
Canon T5i
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-50

Nikon D5100
Pentax K-50
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-50
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • $710
  • APS-C

Compared to Canon T5

Nikon D5100
Canon T5
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $521
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Faster RAW shooting
Pentax K-500
Canon T5
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $521
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
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