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

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Nikon Coolpix P7100

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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
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

Size
Really small
Mid size 114x77x45 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.7 EV
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2.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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Around 9x larger sensor
Low light performance
Significantly 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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Significantly 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
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
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 (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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$359.95 vs $569.99
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The best price we've seen is $210 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              D5100:920k dots
              P7100:921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5100:Pentamirror
              P7100:Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly 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 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $442

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              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 G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $410

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

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