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

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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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

$799 - $997 body only

$1,072 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$723 body only

$799 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Autofocus Faster video autofocus
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$697 body only

$796 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$471 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$395 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$485 body only

$494 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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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.