Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D7100

100

Nikon D5100

77

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
83.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7100.

competitors

Nikon D7100 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$797 body only

$1,048 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D500

Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,649 - $1,797 body only

$2,397 with 16-80mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Focus points Many more focus points
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$620 - $647 body only

$629 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30

Waterproof

$280

Image stabilization Image stabilization
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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Avatar for Tomas Manrique Tomas Manrique (1:59 AM, August 23, 2014)
Different sensor technologies :)
 
omar_rk (11:18 PM, September 06, 2013)
how could the picture quality be better in the D7100 though the pixel size is smaller than that in the D5100 ??
 
omar_rk (11:17 PM, September 06, 2013)
how could the picture quality be better in the D7100 though the pixel size is smaller ??
 
Avatar for Connor Connor (7:01 AM, May 30, 2013)
I upgraded and love it... I sold my D5100 to a friend along with my 18-135mm lens for $400. Which I thought was a good price for a friend. But like I said, I love it.
 
Adelphos (5:07 AM, March 10, 2013)
Upgrading eventually.