Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100

Portability
85
Imaging
60
Features
55
Overall
58
Fujifilm X-E1 front
 
Nikon D5100 front
Portability
66
Imaging
58
Features
81
Overall
67

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 Key Specs

Fujifilm X-E1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Push to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Fujifilm X Mount
  • 350g - 129 x 75 x 38mm
  • Revealed February 2013
  • New Model is Fujifilm X-E2
Nikon D5100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Raise to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 560g - 128 x 97 x 79mm
  • Revealed April 2011
  • Replaced the Nikon D5000
  • New Model is Nikon D5200
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Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 Overview

Following is a complete assessment of the Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by competitors FujiFilm and Nikon. The resolution of the Fujifilm X-E1 (16MP) and the D5100 (16MP) is very comparable and they feature the exact same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The Fujifilm X-E1 was released 23 months after the D5100 making the cameras a generation away from one another. The two cameras come with different body type with the Fujifilm X-E1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Nikon D5100 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief overview of how the Fujifilm X-E1 matches up against the D5100 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X-E1 over the Nikon D5100

 Fujifilm X-E1 D5100 
RevealedFebruary 2013April 2011More modern by 23 months

Reasons to pick Nikon D5100 over the Fujifilm X-E1

 D5100 Fujifilm X-E1 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimension3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Fujifilm X-E1 and Nikon D5100

 Fujifilm X-E1 D5100 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Touch display Missing Touch display

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry around your camera, you're going to have to take into account its weight and volume. The Fujifilm X-E1 comes with outside measurements of 129mm x 75mm x 38mm (5.1" x 3.0" x 1.5") and a weight of 350 grams (0.77 lbs) and the Nikon D5100 has sizing of 128mm x 97mm x 79mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.1") having a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

Take a look at the Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have at the time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the Fujifilm X-E1 against the D5100.

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Fujifilm X-E1 and D5100 is 85 and 66 respectively.

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its tough to visualize the difference in sensor sizes simply by checking out technical specs. The pic here might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the Fujifilm X-E1 and D5100.

As you have seen, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution so you should expect comparable quality of photographs though you should always consider the release date of the cameras into account. The fresher Fujifilm X-E1 should have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X-E1 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon D5100 as a Portrait photography camera
76
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
74
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Fujifilm X-E1
Street photography with Nikon D5100
67
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no moving screen
no image stabilization
67
screen articulates
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X-E1 Sports photography details
Nikon D5100 Sports photography details
50
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
max fps low (6.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
64
MP count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
better than average battery (660 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Fujifilm X-E1
Travel photography with Nikon D5100
66
MP count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
78
better than average battery (660 CIPA)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X-E1 Landscape photography factors
Nikon D5100 Landscape photography factors
70
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
screen is a good size (2.8")
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
73
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sized screen (3")
MP count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (660 shots)
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Fujifilm X-E1
Vlogging with Nikon D5100
33
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic support
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
70
screen is selfie friendly
has face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone port
no image stabilization
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Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon D5100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X-E1 and Nikon D5100
 Fujifilm X-E1Nikon D5100
General Information
Brand Name FujiFilm Nikon
Model Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon D5100
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2013-02-28 2011-04-26
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS X-TRANS I CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.6mm 23.6 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 368.2mm² 370.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4896 x 3264 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 11
Cross focus points - 1
Lens
Lens mounting type Fujifilm X Nikon F
Number of lenses 54 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 2.8 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT color LCD monitor TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x 0.52x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 6.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180 seconds 1/200 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 350 grams (0.77 lb) 560 grams (1.23 lb)
Dimensions 129 x 75 x 38mm (5.1" x 3.0" x 1.5") 128 x 97 x 79mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 80
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.5
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.6
DXO Low light score not tested 1183
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 660 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model W126 EN-EL14
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $600 $0