Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon D700

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Nikon D5100

68

Nikon D5100

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
Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size
Significantly smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$378.00 vs $4,337.04
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The best price we've seen is $3,959 cheaper (11.5x less)
Weight
Much lighter
560 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 50% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
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The D700 has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.51x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
197 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
1000 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              D700:12.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              D700:5 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              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
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many fewer focus points

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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