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
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
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

$749 - $997 body only

$1,099 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$569 - $647 body only

$599 - $791 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$400 body only

$500 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$369 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life 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.