Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5100

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D5100

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x96x78 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Significantly smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$334.09 vs $996.94
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The best price we've seen is $663 cheaper (3x less)
Weight
Lighter
560 g vs 675 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5100 does so at a lower frame rate
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.51x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
950 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
251 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $695 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $856 - $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $797 body only

              $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $553 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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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.