• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D610 advantages over Sony A5100

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,925 vs 1,347 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.4 vs 12.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 900 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

Sony A5100 advantages over Nikon D610

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $2447
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 82 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    399g vs 1350g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    67 vs 30 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    25 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Eliminated sensor dust-and-oil spot issue from D600; Great controls for amateur or pro; Comfortable ergonomics and weight; Excellent image quality and low-light performance; Very good dynamic range; Excellent battery life; Built-in lens correction.

  • Not drastically different from D600; Moire with certain subjects; Auto WB still too warm in incandescent light; Slow AF in live view mode; Aliasing in videos.

  • Very small and comfortable form factor; Very good image quality for its class; New dual video record function; Quick autofocus and good dynamic range.

  • Lacks an EVF and external mode dial; No hot shoe; JPEG processing at higher ISOs not as good as some competing mid-level models.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Nikon D610
Canon 6D
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
Sony A5100
Canon 6D
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D600

Nikon D610
Nikon D600
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Sony A5100
Nikon D600
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A5000

Nikon D610
Sony A5000
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony A5100
Sony A5000
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $498
  • APS-C

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Nikon D610
Samsung NX3000
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony A5100
Samsung NX3000
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Hot shoe
  • Slow-motion videos

Compared to Nikon D750

Nikon D610
Nikon D750
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A5100
Nikon D750
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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