Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5100 and Nikon D500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5100
Nikon D500

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5100 were released 2011 and Nikon D500 was released 2016. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D5100 Nikon 2011
Nikon D500 Nikon 2016

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D5100 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D500 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D5100 has a 16,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D500 has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D5100 16,2 MP 16084992 4928 3264
Nikon D500 21 MP 20668416 5568 3712

Nikon D500 has a 28 % larger resolution than Nikon D5100. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D500 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5100. Nikon D500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D5100 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5100 100-6400
Nikon D500 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D500 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5100 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5100 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5100
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D500

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D5100 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Nikon D500 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5100 4
Nikon D500 10

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D5100 and Nikon D500 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D500 weighs 860 gr (equal to 1,9 lb) which is 41% heavier than Nikon D5100 and its 611 gr (or 1,35 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5100 611 gr 1,35 lb
Nikon D500 860 gr 1,9 lb