Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D700

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D700

87

Nikon D5100

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D700.

competitors

Nikon D700 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,735 - $1,997 body only

$2,249 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,292 - $1,497 body only

$1,699 - $1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$849 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$329 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

$418 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag More shutter lag

discussion

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Grifter116 (6:23 PM, January 12, 2012)
I was shooting an evening soccer game earlier in the year with a borrowed D700, along with a guy using a D7000. The D7000 was unable to get focus in the diminishing light. The owner thought his camera was malfunctioning, when in fact the camera had reached the limit of is auto-focus/metering system. At least 50% of is shots were out of focus and those that were in focus, the shot had been missed. I know my old Canon 40D would have been limited even sooner!. The D700 IS THAT GOOD!, I was able to nail shots a good 20 minutes after the D7000.
 
Drjaimega (2:58 AM, December 22, 2011)
I agree with Blahblah, better the D5100 than D700, Who said that?
 
Krystalhh_ (8:35 PM, December 19, 2011)
I think it's more of a bang for your buck type thing. The d5100 is pretty good for the price, compared to a d700
 
Blahblah (1:00 AM, December 13, 2011)
now i know these comparisons are terrible.. a d5100 better than a d700? get the hell out of here