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

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera 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
 
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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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 4.1 more bits of color
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 10.7 EV
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2.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
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 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 Slightly cheaper $378.00 vs $549.50
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The best price we've seen is $172 cheaper (more than 30% 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              P7100:1.3 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 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

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              GPS Has a GPS
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $509

              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 P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $459

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $360 - $574

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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