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 Post subject: Nikon D3100 v D5100
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:00 pm 
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Hi I had my mind set on the 3100 but decided to wait & see what kind of price the 5100 was going to come in at. The 3100 is £418 & the 5100 is £800, I don't think that the price difference warrants waiting on the 5100. Anybody got any words of wisdom??? :?:


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The D5100 isn't even out yet, so the only price quoted is full RRP. The D3100 has been out for a while, so is already being discounted. So if you're serious about it, I'd wait a few months to see what price it settles at. But if you need a camera now, then yes, you will be paying a premium for the brand new model.


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If you're upgrading or changing systems and have something you like shooting with now, then wait.

If you're waiting to take photos then get the D3100 now. By the time the 5100 comes out there will be a D3200 or 650D or whatever that you will begin agonizing about instead of taking photos.

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D5100 is planned be released in 2 weeks, I am not sure the D3200 is already out by then, if at all will be more interesting than a D5100 (D40x, D60, D3000 all shared the same sensor, so the D3200 might even do exactly the same the D3100 does).

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Hi just browsing & see that online the d5100 is going to retail at €660 body only & €760 with the 18-55mm kit lense. Does anybody think this is good value or is there so little difference to the d5000 that maybe that is a better proposition at €390 body only & € 520 with the 18-55mm kit lense. Its a hell of a price difference & is it justified & is the the d5100 that much of a better camera???? :?: :?: :?: :?:


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I had a D90 and added a D7000, so the sensors equate to the D5000 and D5100 respectively.

The 16 Mp sensor has some advantages over the 12 Mp sensor, no doubt about it, but only at very print large sizes (very large - 30cm x 40cm and up, and the output of the 12 Mp sensor responds well to pp, still looks OK at 40cm x 60cm).

The other major changes in the D5100 concern movies, but I don't use that function much, so can't really comment.

What you might think of is what lens you could usefully buy with the extra money. For the difference between the D5000 without lens and the D5100 with 18-55, wou might be able to get something really worthwhile, for example 18-105 + 35 1.8, for example. If you can find anyone who has the 18-105 as a kit lens with the D5000, even better in price terms.

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padraigr wrote:
the d5100 is going to retail at €660 body only & €760 with the 18-55mm kit lense
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the d5000 that maybe that is a better proposition at €390 body only & € 520 with the 18-55mm kit lense

100 euros for the one with kit lens seems a steep difference. In Holland the D5000 goes for €417/429 body - €445/474 kit, D5100 (pre-launch, so not street price yet) €699 body - €779/759 kit. (prices at two big retailers in Holland)
I will go with Hilary on this one, try and see if you can get a better deal on the D5000 with a better lens.

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