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

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D7100

91

Nikon D5100

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)
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

$849 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$539 - $697 body only

$590 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$409 - $497 body only

$525 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$329 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

$418 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag More shutter lag

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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.