Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25

Thread: D3100 or D5000

  1. #1

    Unhappy D3100 or D5000

    Hi All !! I am new to the forum and to the hobby.
    Now really wish to take up this hobby seriously.
    I used to share canon 450d with my brother but now i wish to get one for myself.
    I am thinking of getting nikon D3100 or D5000?
    or should I wait for Nikon D7000?
    I have seen great pictures taken from D5000 but yet to see the performance of D3100 and D7000. Does the body really plays an important role or the quality of the lens is the one that realy matters?

    My budget is around 2K with lens.
    Anyone care to advise or is there any Nikon expert/shifus out there to give me an advise or two?

  2. #2
    Moderator Octarine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Pasir Ris
    Posts
    12,394

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by nukem257 View Post
    I am thinking of getting nikon D3100 or D5000?
    Why are you thinking about them? What makes you thinking that you should get one of these models? Share your thoughts please.
    or should I wait for Nikon D7000?
    Which functions of the D7k do you need that it makes it worth waiting for?
    I have seen great pictures taken from D5000 but yet to see the performance of D3100 and D7000. Does the body really plays an important role or the quality of the lens is the one that realy matters?
    Very blunt: you will not notice the difference. And I bet most other photographers won't notice either. Yes, lenses play a more important role.
    Help yourself: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=787393
    EOS

  3. #3
    Member voxies09's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    651

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    I just wondering, why would you want to go to Nikon if your brother is using Canon? dont you guys willing to share your lens?

  4. #4

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by voxies09 View Post
    I just wondering, why would you want to go to Nikon if your brother is using Canon? dont you guys willing to share your lens?
    If you only have the kit lenses, it doesn't matter. Maybe he prefers Nikon. Let him make his own choices.
    Alpha

  5. #5

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    when the d7000 is available, you should compare how it feels in your hands with the d3100 and d5000. there is a noticeable difference in size and weight. if full-HD video is important to you, d7000 has that. while lenses are obviously important in the image quality, the body has a role to play too in other aspects of the image...
    d850 | a7r3 | I1P | P4P | Videos | Photos | Aerials

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Seletar Estate, Singapore
    Posts
    478

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    I believe you have read and thought through it and narrow down your preference to these two cameras.

    If you want a second opinion, I say go for D5000.

    Reasons -

    1. D5000 has a tiled screen. It is convenient when you need to shoot at certain angle.
    2. D5000 has better sensor rating according to DXOmark.
    3. D5000 has exposure bracketing.

    Sensor rating - Overall Score, Color Depth, Dynamic Range and Low-Light ISO

    D5000 - 72, 22.7 bits, 12.5 EV, 868 ISO
    D3100 - 67, 22.5 bits, 11.3 EV, 919 ISO

    D5000 is 1.2 stop more than D3100 in dynamic range. You will appreciate this when you shoot landscape.
    Fuji X100s, Tamron 17-50 f2.8 vc, Nikon 55-200mm, 35mm 1.8f

  7. #7
    Moderator catchlights's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Punggol, Singapore
    Posts
    21,902

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    there is another thread discussing the same matter

    Get D5000 or D3100?
    Shoot to Live, Live to Shoot
    www.benjaminloo.com | iStock portfolio

  8. #8
    Member DrSpock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Warp back to Simei
    Posts
    1,088

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    If you think D5000 give you good picture then you should get it and save the $ for some good lenses depending on the type of photography you like. However, bear in mind that it is the older of the 3 models you like and it and D3100 has some compatibility issues with older lenses so requires G lenses which can cost $$. Check the compatibilities here

    D3100 and D7000 are new generation models with impressive specs but the ranking of them currently still follows in this order from entry level up D3100, D5000, D90, D7000 D300s, so you decide which one suits you better
    Last edited by DrSpock; 29th October 2010 at 12:01 PM.
    Photography? It's all in your mind...

  9. #9

    Talking Re: D3100 or D5000

    Dear guys thks for the info and tips... However after much considerations, I maybe thinking of getting D5000 because the price is only a hundred difference and correct me if i'm wrong.. I guess the shutter speed is faster. Will go down to Nikon this weekend to test it out.... Thanks again guys..

  10. #10
    Member Senifer's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Sembawang
    Posts
    278

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by nukem257 View Post
    Dear guys thks for the info and tips... However after much considerations, I maybe thinking of getting D5000 because the price is only a hundred difference and correct me if i'm wrong.. I guess the shutter speed is faster. Will go down to Nikon this weekend to test it out.... Thanks again guys..
    Shutter Speed is faster? I don't get you.
    Feeling the camera in your hands is one thing.
    Knowing your needs and which camera can provide you is another.
    Good luck.
    Nikon D90 | N18-105mm | T90mm | SB-600
    My Flickr

  11. #11

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    D5000's image quality is better than D3100...

    http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D3100-vs-Nikon_D5000

  12. #12

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by nukem257 View Post
    I guess the shutter speed is faster.

    Huh? Do you even know what you're talking about?
    Alpha

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Seletar Estate, Singapore
    Posts
    478

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Shutter speed up to 1/4000 sec for both.
    Fuji X100s, Tamron 17-50 f2.8 vc, Nikon 55-200mm, 35mm 1.8f

  14. #14
    Moderator Octarine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Pasir Ris
    Posts
    12,394

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by nukem257 View Post
    DI guess the shutter speed is faster.
    Replace guessing by reading and knowing. Makes life easier. Take your time, the camera doesn't run away if you buy it 2 weeks later but based on sound knowledge.
    EOS

  15. #15
    Senior Member ZerocoolAstra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    rainy Singapore
    Posts
    9,523

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by nukem257 View Post
    Dear guys thks for the info and tips... However after much considerations, I maybe thinking of getting D5000 because the price is only a hundred difference and correct me if i'm wrong.. I guess the shutter speed is faster. Will go down to Nikon this weekend to test it out.... Thanks again guys..
    That is a VERY good idea.
    make an informed decision.



    pssst. after that, don't forget to go down to Canon showroom, then Sony showroom, then Pentax, then Olympus., then..... (not necessarily in that order)
    Exploring! :)

  16. #16

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Spec to spec comparison is one thing, but these are just numbers and for a newbie, do they have relevance and meaning when one can't differentiate shutter speed to FPS?

    Let the images tell the story
    Imaging resource comparometer :
    http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM

    (BTW, D7K samples are in there as well)


    Also look at DPreview, look at the sample as compared to the other camera you want to check against. Let the photos tell more than the comments (sometimes biased) will.

  17. #17
    Member yunsze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Kovan, SG
    Posts
    28

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by nukem257 View Post
    Dear guys thks for the info and tips... However after much considerations, I maybe thinking of getting D5000 because the price is only a hundred difference and correct me if i'm wrong.. I guess the shutter speed is faster. Will go down to Nikon this weekend to test it out.... Thanks again guys..
    It'll be best to test out other brands too, could be easily as good as Nikon or even better.

  18. #18

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by nukem257 View Post
    Dear guys thks for the info and tips... However after much considerations, I maybe thinking of getting D5000 because the price is only a hundred difference and correct me if i'm wrong.. I guess the shutter speed is faster. Will go down to Nikon this weekend to test it out.... Thanks again guys..
    NSC allow testing? I am asking because I do not know the answer.
    I have been to NSC twice. I see the body there, and the lens kept in glass cabinet for display. You mean they can be used for testing?

  19. #19
    Senior Member ZerocoolAstra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    rainy Singapore
    Posts
    9,523

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by shelomoh View Post
    NSC allow testing? I am asking because I do not know the answer.
    I have been to NSC twice. I see the body there, and the lens kept in glass cabinet for display. You mean they can be used for testing?
    If the guy is free and you smile at him and ask nicely, and he's willing to help you...

    It helps if you have that "look of lust" when you stare at the stuff inside the cabinets
    Exploring! :)

  20. #20

    Default Re: D3100 or D5000

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    If the guy is free and you smile at him and ask nicely, and he's willing to help you...

    It helps if you have that "look of lust" when you stare at the stuff inside the cabinets
    Or if you are female.
    Alpha

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •