The competition

Canon 600DThe D5100’s positioning and current pricing gives it two main competitors: the Canon EOS 600D and the Sony Alpha 55.

Canon’s EOS 600D currently sells for around £50 less than the D5100 and has a very similar specification, even offering a 3in vari-angle screen.

Its sensor is a more populated 18-million-pixel unit, but it offers a slightly slower 3.7fps burst rate and just nine AF points.

It also misses out on the top Hi2 ISO setting of 25,600.

Sony A55Sony’s Alpha 55 is just £20 less than the D5100 and uses the same 16-million-pixel sensor as the Nikon model.

However it features a translucent mirror and electronic viewfinder that allow fast burst rates of up to 10fps, plus 15 AF points with three cross-type points.

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