Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Nikon D5100 belongs to a Entry-Level DSLR category, the other model, Nikon D5100 is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera. Nikon D5100 is equipped with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Canon PowerShot SX510 HS comes with a 12.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - DSLR and SuperZoom. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon D5100 and Canon PowerShot SX510 HS and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon D5100 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Key Features:
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||25% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||370.52 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||92.4% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Flash Range||12 vs 5||7 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/1600||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||11 vs 1||10 more focus points|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots vs 461k dots||49.9% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||660 shots vs 250 shots||410 more frames with a single charge|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.52 vs No||0.52 better magnification|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Weight||349 g vs 560 g||211 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots | 461k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 4.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon D5100 and Canon PowerShot SX510 HS from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 211g less than the Nikon D5100. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon D5100 and Canon PowerShot SX510 HS any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon D5100 features a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor . Canon PowerShot SX510 HS, in its turn, comes with a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon D5100 and Canon PowerShot SX510 HS by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Nikon D5100 has a sensor area 0.1x bigger compared to Canon PowerShot SX510 HS. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
In terms of sensor size, both Nikon D5100 and Canon PowerShot SX510 HS feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon D5100 and Canon PowerShot SX510 HS in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon D5100||Canon PowerShot SX510 HS|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon D5100 or Canon PowerShot SX510 HS, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon D5100 and Canon PowerShot SX510 HS here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Nikon D5100 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon D5100||Canon PowerShot SX510 HS|
|Model||D5100||PowerShot SX510 HS|
|Announced||Apr 26, 2011||Aug 22, 2013|
|Body Type||Compact SLR||Compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.7 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||370.52 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4928 x 3264||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||80|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||287||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||0|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11||1|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||1||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/1600 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain||Auto, slow synchro|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||560 g||349 g|
|Physical Dimensions||128 x 97 x 79 mm||104 x 70 x 80 mm|
|Battery Life||660 shots||250 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|