Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon Coolpix P7100

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Nikon D5100

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Nikon Coolpix P7100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

Size
Really small
Mid size 114x77x45 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
1.8"

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 41.0
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Around 2x better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 4.1 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.7 EV
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2.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 2.8 f-stops higher ISO than the P7100
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon P7100

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Significantly smaller
114x77x45 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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2.4x smaller
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Thickness
Thinner
1.8" vs 3.1"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight
Lighter
395 g vs 560 g
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Around 30% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D5100920k dots
              P7100921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5100Pentamirror
              P7100Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $722 body only

              $1,038 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 - $1,550 body only

              $400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $991

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $389

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $509

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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