Quality of low light pictures - Exactly the same.
If you want a swivel LCD get the D5000.
If you don't need a swivel LCD get the D3100
Hello, I currently own a Sony cybershot W290 and I want to buy a dslr but I don't know which one to buy. The reason why I want a dslr is because the sony that I currently own produces horrible low light images with a ton of noise. Most of the pictures that I take are at iso 600 and above so I want something that takes clean pictures at higher iso levels. My choices are between the Nikon D3100 and the Nikon D5000. It is a really hard choice for me to pick because my local Best Buy is selling them for the same exact price and this is my first dslr. Can you tell which camera takes better pictures in low light.