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 Post subject: d90 or d5100?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:11 am 
im planning to buy a d90 unit and i just saw this post about d5100 new model, anyone here who can give any light if i have to wait for d5100 or proceed purchasing a d90 unit? anyone here who had any close encounter with that new d5100?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:07 am 
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I obviously haven't picked up a D5100 yet, but from the point of view of a D90 user.

New sensor and high ISO capabilities - Great
Same user interface (buttons, dials etc) as the D5000 - Not good


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Same user interface (buttons, dials etc) as the D5000 - Not good

Even worse placement of buttons, all has to be done with the right hand, where you hold the camera. But for having a screen going left swivel they had no other choice.

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If you want the best overall image quality, better video capabilities and (obviously) an articulated display, your only choice would be the D5100. If you want the much better ergonomics and build, but don't mind compromising a bit of IQ, go for the D90. Even today the D90 still has a sensor that's great in low light.

The button placement was one of my biggest complaints about the D5100, the button placement because of the new display that was hinged to the left.

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I have both sensors, and definiteoy like the D7000 (virtualy the same as the one in the D5100).

The thing is - while it's better, I can get perfectly satisfactory photos from my D90 to 40cm x 60cm.

So it depends what you want to do.

The handling of the D90 is excellent and those two dials are really useful. The viewfinder is better and there are other control niceties. I've ised a D500, not a D5100, so I can't comment in too much detail on the latter.

Other things - the D90 will focus non-motor lenses while the D5100 has an intervalometer. The D5100 has a swinging screen and takes better mvies.

The D5100 takes SDXC cards.

And so on . . . . Nikon is making it hard for us!

Either way, you get a fine camera. I wouldn't worry too much.

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